Caring for your AngelfishThese
instructions provide information about acclimating your fish to their new
environment in 5 sections:
PREPARING THE RECEIVING TANK
We suggest that your receiving tank be set up well in advance of receiving
your Angels (ideally the tank should be conditioned for a minimum of
3 weeks). We recommend the following ideal water conditions:
pH 6.7 to 7.0
Total hardness 50-150 ppm as CaCO3
Carbonate Hardness 50-150 ppm as CaCO3
Temperature 79-82 deg F
pH or hardness are outside these ranges they can be adjusted
If hardness and pH are too low they can be
easily raised with proprietary products.
If the hardness is too high, it can be lowered by diluting the aquarium
water with distilled water or RO water.
If the pH is too high, first lower the hardness which will make it easier
to lower the pH
hobbyists don't bother to change the aquarium conditions; they just use the water they have. If receiving water conditions are significantly different
than recommended in the first paragraph, then carefully follow the instructions in
the next section "Acclimating your Angelfish to the Receiving Tank".
ACCLIMATING YOUR ANGELFISH TO THE RECEIVING TANK
you receive your fish, transfer them and their water into a bucket or container.
A 3 or 5 gallon bucket is ideal. Ten minutes later start adding small quantities
of water from the new receiving tank or starting a slow drip with an airline tube. Loosely knot the airline tube to control flow. Keep adding water until it
is at least 50% new receiving water. This will prepare the fish for transfer.
Transfer nets should be clean.
You can transfer the fish 20 minutes later. It's better not to add water from the container to your tank! It contains
unfiltered waste from the shipping water.
Some customers like to turn off the light and "black out" the tank for several hours so current residents
leave the newcomers alone.
nets: Nets can be cleaned by washing with dish soap (physical removal of
soiling and bacteria), rinsing thoroughly with hot water (for soap removal
and heat kill) and cold water (for chlorine kill) and drying (for dry kill).
COLD WEATHER ACCLIMATION
CHANGING THE AQUARIUM CONDITIONS OVER TIME THROUGH WATER CHANGES
have success shipping Angelfish when temperatures are as low as in the teens
by using heat packs, insulated boxes, and overnight shipping. In cold weather
the fish usually arrive warm, but sometimes arrive cold. This may have to
do with the location of the box in transportation vehicles, exposure to
wind, etc. If they arrive cold, Angelfish sometimes appear sluggish and breathing slowly. If their gills are moving they can recover.
The best thing to do is warm them up right away. Floating the fish
bags in a a warm tank warms them up at the right speed. The fish usually
revive within half an hour.
you know, healthy aquariums need partial water changes to remain healthy. Ideally, 25% water changes should be made weekly. However, if you don't
have much time, you can probably get away with 25% water changes twice a
your water conditions are significantly different than recommended and you don't want to keep doing dilutions and pH adjustments, just declorinate
your change water and pour it in. Your tank will eventually transition to
the local water conditions, and in most cases the Angels will adapt
food as soon as the fish have acclimated to the new tank. They will be hungry. Sometimes they acclimate fast; sometimes it takes longer. You have
to cater to your own situation.
Start off with small amounts and then add more if they want it. Suggested foods are
flakes - any and all kinds
frozen brine shrimp
newly hatched baby brine shrimp
color enhanced flake or Cyclopese wafer (to supply cartenoids needed
by orange fish)
algae wafers (which contain fish meal too)
dried plankton (crumbled)