how do i properly add new fish to my tank

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    jcegt87 Dude Dude DUDE!!!!!!

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    now that im actually getting somewhat serious about this interesting hobby:mrgreen:

    how do i properly introduce new fish to my aquarium i know about leaving the bag in the water for some time for the temp to get right but i was reading and i saw something called a drip method WTH is that:shock:

    oh and also how should i clean sand i know that whit gravel you syphon it but wont the syphon suck the sand too??
     
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    I usually acclimate my fish by putting 1/2 to 1 cup of the tanks water in the bag every 15 minutes. Depending on how long the fish needs to be acclimated I would take the fish out of the bag and not pour the LFS water in to your tank when done..
     
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    There are several opinions how to properly acclimate critters to your tank. You may want to look at previous threads on the subject and decide on your own. I think everyone here has their own ways to do it. I personally just float them for 15-20 min and never ever put the LFS water in to my tank. I have seen ick victims in my lfs tanks.
     
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    how would i know how long he fish needs 2 b acclimated:sfish:
     
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    :mrgreen:WHAT ABOUT SAND CLEANING:shock:
     
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    When you buy a fish just look it up on the internet to see how long to acclimate. I usually just do it for 45 minutes and thats it no matter what the fish is. Buy about 15 nassarius snails and that will keep your sand clean.
     
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    I don't vacuum my sand. If you get nassarius snails, they will keep your sandbed clean for you.

    To acclimate new fish, I float the bag in the tank for about 15 to 30 minutes, then add 1/4 cup of my tank water to the bag every 10 minutes or so for another 30 minutes. Then I move the fish from the bag to my tank with a net. Try not to ever get the water from the bag into your tank! At my LFS all fish are kept in copper treated water before they're bought, so if I accidentally got some of that water into my tank (which I have a couple times before, ahem), it would introduce copper into my tank.
     
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    I drip acclimate all fish before adding them to the display.I float the bag first for about 20-30 minutes.Then I pour the water(fish and all) into a styrofoam container.Set the drip line to a constant drip for about an hour-hour and a half.Net the fish and place in QT or display.
     
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    I float my new aditions for about 30 minutes.Then set up a drip line.Let it drip untill the salinity in the bag matches my tank,net,and release.
    Never put water from the LFS in your tank.
     
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