Giving Tinfoil Barbs to LFS Help

Discussion in 'Brackish Fish' started by ColumbianShark3, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. ColumbianShark3Valued MemberMember

    My tins are in brackish water right now and if I give them to my LFS they will be in a FW tank is that to much shock
  2. gunner13Well Known MemberMember

    No not at all. They will be alot better off in FW as they are FW fish.
  3. sirdarksolFishlore LegendMember

    Yes. Even though they're freshwater fish, the sudden shift in salinity will be bad for their cells. Acclimate them to freshwater first. If you've got a spare tank, put it on the ground near the brackish tank and fill the spare from the brackish, about 1/2 to 2/3 full, depending on how big the barbs are (you'll be doing a water change on the brackish tank, too. The fish will probably love you for it).
    Net the barbs and move them to the new tank. Slowly, perhaps a gallon every fifteen minutes, add fresh water to the tank the barbs are in. This will drop the salinity.
    Once the tank is full, start changing water out, again, a gallon every fifteen minutes or so. This will slowly lower the salinity for the fish.
  4. ColumbianShark3Valued MemberMember

    Yeah I was told by my LFS that they would do well in Brackish water and they really have thrived in Brackish, since they are 100% healthy great color very large

    One is 6 inches one is 5 inches is a 10 gallon to small for just acclimating

    P:S I could do one fish at a time

    :animal0068:I've merged your back to back posts.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 19, 2010
  5. sirdarksolFishlore LegendMember

    No. Just for acclimating, that will be fine, and you shouldn't have to do only one at a time. Just be sure to cover the tank so they don't jump. ;) Fish can do okay in small spaces for awhile. It's just not nice to do it for extended periods of time.
  6. ColumbianShark3Valued MemberMember

    Yeah Iv picked one of these guys off the ground before but he survived it was pure luck he did it wile I was in the room, I learned my lesson quick
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2010
  7. sirdarksolFishlore LegendMember

    They'll be more likely to jump if they're in a small space, particularly if you're messing around in the water.
  8. ColumbianShark3Valued MemberMember

    Got em in the ten gallon they are very angry lol they gave me quite the fight when I tried to net em up about broke my net lol

    P:S tank lid secured
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2010

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