Neon Tetra Acclimation

Discussion in 'Neon Tetra' started by Beausoleiljacob, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. Beausoleiljacob

    BeausoleiljacobValued MemberMember

    Hi Fishlore,
    I am on my way home from the fish store and was wondering how long you think I should drip acclimate my neon tetras into a tank with a pH of 8. Thanks for the help!


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  2. happygolucky

    happygoluckyWell Known MemberMember

    Yikes, good luck. I'd say at least an hour or more because neons like quite acidic water...Also they enjoy slightly lower temperatures, usually below 74 is what I normally see, so make sure the water isn't too warm. Of course, the neons from the store may be used to irregular conditions because they are probably not wild caught.
     
  3. Plecomaker

    PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    You could test thewaterin the bag with a strip and see how close it is to yours.
     




  4. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Test strips aren't that accurate, if you have a liquid test kit I would check the store water to see if it's similar to yours. Neons are known to be a little sensitive so a drip acclimation of 1-2 hours should be good. That's how long I drip acclimate my fish for.


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    Beausoleiljacob

    BeausoleiljacobValued MemberMember

    I have good success with all my other neons. I just wanted to pump up my stock! I will probably just stick to my old ways! Thanks anyways!


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  6. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    I'd go with a 2 hour drip acclimation. Of course, that depends on the parameters of the water in the bag though. If the pH in the bag is 7.9 and your tank's pH is 8.0 You could probably acclimate them a bit faster.
     
  7. Plecomaker

    PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    In this case they would be fine. They just need to see if they are gettin similar readings betweenthe 2. Exact measurements are less important.

    Thats wh at i was recomending they check.
     
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  8. happygolucky

    happygoluckyWell Known MemberMember

    Do you buy from a LFS or chain? I heard that the chain neons are mass produced and are very weak, maybe you have a good LFS lol :)
     
  9. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Does the fish store use the same type of water as you? If so, then you don't need to acclimate them as long as you might think. I have had them in an 8 pH and they are fine, before....
     
  10. Plecomaker

    PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Exactly what we just said.
     
  11. delta5

    delta5Well Known MemberMember

    Ph strips or liquid isn't good enough imo. Invest in a decent .01 accurate ph meter with auto temp calibration.
     
  12. Gekco

    GekcoWell Known MemberMember

    Drip acclimation method IMO is the best way to introduce a new fish to a tank for about 1-3 hours depending on the sensitivity of the fish. In your case I would drip for 2-3 hours as others have said.
     
  13. SnyperTodd

    SnyperToddValued MemberMember

    Dude... They're neons. They're sensitive, but they're not that sensitive...
    Not saying your fancy meter is a bad idea, but I've gone 23 successful years in this hobby without equipment like that. Liquid is fine for 99.99% of fishkeepers.
     
  14. Plecomaker

    PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    I know peopèl dont like strips, but most of the time they do their job too. I'd like to add that many of these fish come from active rivers where the water is in constant flux, so adding a point zero 1 or even a standard .2 to a ph is not going to make alot of difference.
     




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