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[APD] Re: Can one just give up? - Similar story

Last week, I had basically the same thing happen to me. Here's my story, I
bought 6 Rummynose from a lfs about 20 minutes away. I brought them back to
work and floated the bag in the tank for about 20 minutes. Then, I opened
the bag and added about 4 oz. of water from the tank to the bag, and waited
about another 10 minutes. I then poured the fish into a net and added them
to the tank. The fish immediately looked like I had dumped them straight
into gasoline, or some other some poisonous concoction. They fell directly
to the bottom and just lay there. 2 of them were dead inside of an hour, and
another one died overnight.

This tank is the 20 gallon long pictured over on Aq. Plants Central. It's
current inhabitants are 12 Pristella Tetras (purchased 2 weeks earlier
without incident) and 5 Amano Shrimp. The Pristellas were frisking around
the tank within seconds after being stocked and still look terrific.
However, they were purchased from a different lfs.

Obviously, there's some kind of "shock" at work here. I've been keeping fish
for 20 years, and I've never seen anything like it before. PH shock? I've
just about been convinced that it is a myth. There's no doubt though that
the ph of my CO2 injected tank has to be much, much different than that of
the fish store. Osmotic Shock? I don't know enough about the subject to even
comment on it.

I seriously doubt though that John's fish died because of too long of an
acclimation time. That's definitely not what happened in my case.

> You could try the Amano Method for acclimation: put the fish into a bucket
> and using airline tubing with a valve attached slowly add water from the
> tank to the bucket. Time the drip to last about 1hr and at the end of the
> hr introduce the fish to the tank. amano demonstrated this at a seminar he
> gave at a petshop some 15 odd yrs ago and I've been using it ever since.
> Never lost a fish due to adding to a tank in years.

That sounds promising. I'll give that a try. Of course, I hate losing the
Rummynose's, but that same store also had some Puntius Denisoni that I gave
some serious thought about buying. BTW, that's the first time I've seen that
fish in person and it's absolutely stunning, but it's also $$$$$$$$.

Pat Bowerman

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