View Cart You may change your account settings, including your Billing & Shipping Addresses, Credit Card Information, as well as Express Checkout status.
Doctors Foster and Smith LiveAquaria
  Welcome to LiveAquaria.com! 
HOME    HELP    CONTACT US    MY ACCOUNT    SIGN IN
LiveAquaria.com - Quality Aquatic Life Direct To Your Door. LiveAquaria.com - Quality Aquatic Life Direct To Your Door.
SEARCH

Free Shipping on Orders Over $225
Diver's Den - WYSIWYG Fish, Corals, Inverts & More
Weekly Specials
Aquarium Supplies
LiveAquaria.com Rewards Program

resources
Shipping Rates & Info
How to Order
We're here to help:
- Email Us
- 1-800-334-3699
100% Guarantee
Compatibility Chart
Acclimation Guide
Ideal Water Parameters
Always Quarantine New Arrivals
Articles & Information

features
Beginners Area
Build Your Own Reef Cleaner Packages
Certified Captive Grown Corals - 30 day guarantee!
Collector's CornerĀ®
FREE Catalogs
Email-Only Specials
YouTube Twitter Connect with Us!
Facebook

Video Center
Freshwater Fish Pond Fish Pond Plants Foods/Marine Plants Freshwater Inverts Freshwater Plants
Marine Fish Corals Live Rock Reef Cleaner Packs Marine Inverts ORA Fish/Coral/Inv

Introducing New Fish into Your Aquarium



Introducing New Fish Into Your Aquarium Building and maintaining a successful aquarium depends largely on knowing and following best-of-practice procedures based on the collected experience of experts and enthusiasts.

After outfitting your tank with the necessary equipment to establish the optimal environment for your aquaria, the next step toward success is selecting the species that are compatible with one another.

Our Compatibility Charts will help you select new fish that are most likely to successfully co-exist with established tankmates. Understand that the chart is a guide only and that fish, like people, are individuals with distinctive "personalities." A particular fish may react differently than what is indicated in the chart when exposed to an unfamiliar environment.

In terms of compatibility, remember that the larger the aquarium, the easier it will be to mix fish with different behaviors. Many species are very territorial, and even more passive fish can exhibit territorial behavior if you try to maintain too many fish in an inappropriately sized tank. Also, a fish's behavior will change the longer it is kept in captivity. It is advisable to add smaller, more passive fish first, gradually working up to larger, more territorial fish.

Introducing new fish

Correctly introducing new fish to your aquarium is important not only for the health of the new fish, but for your existing fish as well. When incompatible fish are added to an aquarium, the weakest fish will be stressed, which could result in disease that affects all of the inhabitants of the tank. For this reason, we highly recommend that all marine aquariums be equipped with a properly sized UV Sterilizer to reduce the possibility of disease.

After following the step-by-step Acclimation Procedure for your new fish, here are a few tips we recommend to make the transition to its new home as stress-free as possible for your new tankmate:

  • Provide plenty of hiding places for your new arrival. Rocks, plants, and other sheltering areas will reduce aggression and thus stress in the aquarium.

  • Maintain good water conditions through proper maintenance to ensure a healthy environment during this stressful period.

  • Try to add more than one fish at a time to an established aquarium. The chance of one particular individual being singled out and harassed will be minimized.

  • Always feed your aquarium before any new fish are introduced. This will help to reduce aggression toward new tankmates.

  • Rearrange decorations in the aquarium before the introduction to distract existing fish and remove established territories. This will help the new fish by putting it on equal ground as new territories are developed by all tankmates.

By following these tips and adhering to the other pre-introduction principles of proper selection and acclimation, your new and existing tankmates will have the best possible opportunity for a smooth transition with minimal stress.

 

Click here for a more printer-friendly version of this article.   Click here for a PDF version of this article.   Bookmark and Share

 


 

 
FREE Email Newsletters - Sign up for weekly email-only specials & more:
help
CONTACT US
SHIPPING RATES
SHIPPING SCHEDULE
HOW TO ORDER
TRACK YOUR ORDER
REWARDS PROGRAM
 
about us
WHO WE ARE
AQUATIC SPECIALISTS
CUSTOMER COMMENTS
100% GUARANTEE
DIVER'S DEN HELP
 
services
GIFT CERTIFICATES
BUSINESS PARTNER PROGRAM
EMAIL NEWSLETTERS
PAY PAL CREDIT    PAY PAL®
WI Facility OPEN HOUSES
   
Visit our other websites:
DrsFosterSmith.com
PetEducation.com

bizrate Customer Certified Site - LiveAquaria.com Reviews at Bizrate Drs. Foster & Smith BBB Business Review McAfee Secure sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams

Visit our Retail Store  |   Tell a Friend About Us  |   Link to Us  |   Site Map  |   FREE Catalogs
Freshwater Fish | Pond Fish | Pond Plants | Brackish Fish | Freshwater Inverts | Freshwater Plants
Marine Fish | Corals | Live Rock | Tank Cleaners | Marine Inverts | Marine Plants | Diver's Den | Collector's Corner |

Copyright © 1997-2014, Foster and Smith, Inc. - 2253 Air Park Road, P.O. Box 100 Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501 All rights reserved. Read our Terms of Use here. See our privacy policy here.
DFS23