Understanding the process of acclimating fish
When you bring home a new fish, you need to acclimate it slowly to the new environment to ensure its survival. Fish are sensitive to changes in temperature, pH levels, and water chemistry. Acclimating fish involves slowly introducing them to the new water and environment they will call home. Here’s how to do it.
Gather your supplies
Before you start acclimating your fish to its new bowl, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. You’ll need a clean bucket, water that’s been conditioned for fish, a thermometer, and a net. You may also want to purchase a water testing kit to monitor the water’s pH and other levels.
Slowly introduce the fish to the new water
To acclimate the fish, you need to slowly introduce it to the new water. Place the fish and its bag in the clean bucket. Gently pour the water from the fish’s new bowl into the bucket, filling it around one-third of the way. Wait 15 minutes, then add some more water to the bucket. Wait another 15 minutes, and add some more water. Repeat this process until the bucket is full.
Monitor the temperature and other levels
While you’re acclimating your fish, keep an eye on the temperature and other water levels. Use a thermometer to ensure the water is the same temperature as the water in the fish’s bowl. If the temperatures are different, wait until they’re the same before continuing the acclimation process. You can also use a water testing kit to monitor the pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels in the water.
Release the fish into its new home
Once the acclimation process is complete, use a net to gently transfer the fish to its new bowl. Make sure to monitor the fish closely over the next few days to ensure it’s adjusting well to its new environment. If you notice any signs of stress or illness, consult a vet or experienced fish keeper.