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Old 04-22-2011, 07:49 AM   #1 
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How to Acclimate Shipped Bettas?

So, I've just ordered my first fish from aquabid.com...does anyone have any good tips for acclimating shipped fish? I know they will be extra stressed from being stuck in a box for x number of days, and was wondering if you guys take any extra precautions? I've only ever bought pet store fish!
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:02 AM   #2 
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Basically, just take a lot longer to do it. And be careful about light. When you open them, do it in a dimly lit area and slowly introduce them to light. Float him in his tank for the temp to equalize, then add a little bit of tank water. And I'm talking a little bit. Their water is way different than yours. I took a full day to acclimate, switching out a little water at a time.

Good luck with them! :)
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:59 AM   #3 
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Ok, thanks for your reply! I'm really excited! <3
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:12 AM   #4 
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I only got one from aquabid and i was sooo excited. I know how you feel! Can't wait for pics!
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:54 PM   #5 
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This is good to know! I just bought my first betta off AB too :D super excited... I begged my BF to buy him for me... but sadly I had to buy him myself! Here's the breeder pic!
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:59 AM   #6 
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This is good to know! I just bought my first betta off AB too :D super excited... I begged my BF to buy him for me... but sadly I had to buy him myself! Here's the breeder pic!
What a BEAUTY!!! Did you get him from Roy or Michelle? TERRIFIC sellers, IMO!!!! MOST of my bettas have come from them.
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:08 PM   #7 
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Yes, I actually got him from Michelle! Im hoping things will work out, and I'll get more fish from her! Some of the females that she has up are beautiful! and i'm looking to add 2 or more females to my sorority!
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Congrats on dealing with an awesome seller - at least in my opinion!!! :)

ALL the the fish I have gotten from them have acclimated well and without any problems. The only one I can say that I have had any trouble with is one that just HATED being in a 5 gal. tank. Too overwhelming I suppose and he started biting his tail. And he is STILL at it even after getting downsized to a 3 gal. - Grrrrr....... Would it be bad form to beat up a betta? LOL!!!!

But - that certainly isn't their fault!!!
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That's good to know. She responded to my emails pretty quickly, and that a good very good sign to me. Im pretty sure that i wont have any problems : )

Right now Im cycling a 20G so that i can move my sorority out of my 10G. I'm going to split the 10 Gallon and put him and Erie into it. Now i have to come up with a names for him.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:41 AM   #10 
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Here is my most recent addition from Michelle. Wonder if he is a sibling to your guy? Actually, he doesn't look like this anymore - his body is 100% sky blue now except for his face, which is white. Not flesh color, but actually WHITE! I have never had a betta with a white face before!

Wonder if he is a marbling gene kind of guy? Hmmmm.............
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