The heater for our second fish is supposed to get delivered today so I have been figuring out my game plan for moving our two boys to their new homes. Here is my plan - please let me know if I am missing anything. I will be implementing this plan with very eager helpers (ages 5 & 7) looking on so I want to feel confident about what I'm doing and prepared in case anything goes wrong.
1. Wash hands!
2. Rinse EVERYTHING thoroughly in warm/hot water (kritter keepers which are their new homes, heaters, decor, etc)
3. Measure water for new tanks and add appropriate amount of water conditioner (my pharmacy tech was nice enough to give me a little dosing device that you can use to measure pretty specific amounts of liquid so I will plan to use that)
4. Add water to new tanks
5. Add heaters, decor
6. Plug in heaters, turn on heaters, allow them to run for a few hours and check to see if temp appears good; adjust if necessary (heaters are adjustable)
1. Verify water temp in new tanks is still looking good
2. Cup fish from their current bowls
3. Float fish in cups in new tanks, replacing cup water with tank water after about 10-15 min and then every 15 or so min after that
4. Meanwhile, thoroughly rinse decor items from old bowls that will be moving into new tanks with them, add these items to tanks
5. After about 45 min release fish into new tanks assuming acclimation is going well
6. Monitor fish & water temperature over the course of the day to make sure everything is going smoothly (I will have to rely on the kids and the babysitter for this part as I will be at work)
So, first, am I forgetting anything?
Also, a few "what if" questions:
1) I am planning to keep the water in the new tanks at 78 degrees. I have been bundling their bowls at night but even so sometimes in the morning the temp is down to 68 degrees. I am worried about the 10 degree temp difference and wondering if I should allow more time for acclimation? Unfortunately I am limited in the amount of time I can spend by the fact that I will need to leave for work.
2) If the temp is too high or too low, with an adjustable heater is it better to adjust the heater and let the water temp adjust accordingly (vs adding hot or cold water to bring to the desired temp)?
3) Since I don't have filters, do I need to worry about the heat distributing evenly in the new tanks? My hope is that since I will be letting them sit overnight it will be nice and even by then
4) Can the fish hurt themselves on the heaters? My kids are very worried about this since both fish love to squeeze themselves in between the thermometers and the sides of their current bowls.
Thanks and sorry for all the questions - I have come to realize that I am a very nervous fish owner!