Originally Posted by LPGI
I'm still waiting on my thermometer to arrive so right now his water is room temp (around 75 degrees, warmest I can get until the heater arrives). When I fill up his tank (he is in a small seperate point at this point) I add the conditioner and add the Epsom Salt (100% Magnesium Sulfate, 1 teaspoon) and stir it into the water until it dissolves. I then let the water sit until it gets to room temp and transfer him back into his tank.
The water chemistry between the old and new water can be different. Putting him directly into the new water without acclimating him can cause a shock to his system.
Make sure the new water really is the same temp as his old water. (You didn't say how long you let it sit.) Then....
Float his cup in the new water for about 15 minutes, so that you know the temp inside matches the temp in the bowl.
Add a SMALL amount of water from bowl into his cup. (Several tablespoons, or about an ounce.) Let him sit for 10-15 min.
Remove a small amount of water from his cup and discard it. Add another SMALL amount of water from the bowl. Let him sit for 10-15 min....
Repeat these steps for an hour or so.
Then gently release him into the new tank.
Do not rush this process!