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Q: What is a good way to bring a fish home from the pet store safely

August 4, 2009 | By morgan M. | 7 answers | Expired: 1893 days ago

i need to know!!!!!

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Michele Z.
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Aug 04, 2009

Are you asking about how to TRANSPORT the fish, or are you asking how to make the transition from the bag the fish comes in to the tank, or both?

If you are getting tropical fish, you will need to make sure you keep the fish's water warm enough during transport. That's one reason I usually buy fish in the summer!

If I know in advance that I'll be getting fish, I put a bucket or plastic container in my vehicle so that I can place the fish's bag inside--if the fish's bag would happen to break, the fish would still be safely contained.

Once you get your fish home, you are supposed to set the entire bag inside the aquarium so that the water temperatures gradually become the same. You need to make sure the Ph levels of the bagged water and your aquarium are the same/similar. Test both!!! (You could ask the pet shop where you are getting the fish what the Ph level of the water is so that you only need to test your own aquarium's Ph level.) If the Ph levels are different, you need to gradually adjust one or both until they are similar BEFORE letting your new fish into the aquarium. Some people gradually add aquarium water to the bagged water so that the fish can adjust that way.

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AnnaBehlmann
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Aug 08, 2009

they usually put fish in a bag at the store . . leave air in the bag because water needs oxegen. just go to WAL-MART.

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Sheryl J.
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Aug 04, 2009

Daryl's answer is right on the mark, the only thing I might add is to watch air temperature, if is is really hot in the car let the AC bring the air temp down some. Best advice I can give is that the tank at home should have been set up and stabalized for at least a week prior to adding fish.,

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