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Old 08-04-2012, 10:54 AM   #1 
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Unpacking imported fish

This isn't exactly a breeding question, but since breeders frequently import fish, I thought I would get the morst accurate advice by asking here. I'm about to receive my first imported Betta and, as I'm sure you know, this is a sizable investment.

Are there accepted procedures, special precautions or tips I should know to receive him and get him safely into his new tank? What should I watch out for and be aware of during his first few weeks?

Thank you for sharing your experience.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:00 AM   #2 
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To best honest, you just follow regular procedure for acclimating the fish. My bettas have seemed to adjust perfectly fine with regular acclimation to water/temperature.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:31 AM   #3 
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I follow the normal process, dripping in my water into a container of their water, draining and repeating, but I do this much more slowly for my imports. Sometimes I wonder if my extended acclimation time makes things worse, but the fish seem to do really well.

Obviously, you match the temperatures before adding any water, and then you can start the drip.

I acclimate imports over a period of about 2-2.5 hours.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:56 PM   #4 
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I never follow regular acclimation procedure with imports. They float in their bags for three days before they go in their tanks. Very slowly acclimate them over the course of a few days. And ALWAYS put them in medicated water. Imports are pains when it comes to disease.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:58 PM   #5 
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wow. I acclimate mine for 1 hour and have never lost one, lol
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #6 
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You've been lucky, Mo. I gave up on imports as I could not keep them alive for more than a couple of months.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:07 PM   #7 
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I almost never acclimate my fish. Ive bought some fish from a store 300 miles away and the only thing I did was temperature acclimate them.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:16 PM   #8 
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Your water parameters are probably pretty good if you do not acclimate
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:16 PM   #9 
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lets hope so, lol
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:57 PM   #10 
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.... ALWAYS put them in medicated water. Imports are pains when it comes to disease.
Like Methylene blue? AQ salt? Epsom salt? General cure? Anything more...or less?

Thanks. again.
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