Unpacking and acclimatizing your new discus fish

Unpacking and acclimatizing your new discus fish

by Rob Mellor

Unpacking and acclimatizing your new discus fish

I often get a knock on the door and am welcomed by a currier holding a polystyrene box covered in ‘Fragile’ and ‘this way up’ stuck all over it. My face will instantly light up and my hands rub together.

I’m sure you have or will be wanting to order discus fish from the internet or over the phone. If so, there are a couple of important factor you must first take into consideration. The main one is that you need to be sure you are getting quality fish, this may require looking at pictures of those fish and talking to the breeder or importer.

What I want to tell you about today is how to unpack and acclimatize your new fish.

Unpacking…

You need to unpack one box at a time, don’t go and open every box if you have 4 or 5. I know you want to look at your discus fish but please take your time. Take the lid off the first box and take one bag at a time out. Then open the bag, roll down the bag and float it in the water. Do this for the first box and then move onto the next stage.

Acclimatizing…

Now the bags of discus are floating in the water, you need to use a little jug or something similar to gently pour tank water into the bag. You need to do this every five minutes for the next 30 minutes. This helps the fish get used to the difference in ph and water hardness. Then one bag at a time, tip the bag on its side and let the discus fish swim out in its own time.

Once you’ve done this for the first box then move on to the next.

You can also add some ‘stress coat’ or ‘melafix’ type product into your tank. I sometimes do this and have had positive results with discus settling a little quicker.

Leave dim lights on and don’t feed for 24 hours.

Your discus should then be settled in fine within a week

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About the Author

Rob owns Discus Fish Secrets website helping beginners and advanced fish keepers with discus problems including keeping and breeding them. Please visit the site for more information on discus and breeding discus

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2 Responses

  1. Discus
    | Reply

    Great article on how to Unpack and acclimatizing your Discus

  2. Discus Fish Breeder
    | Reply

    Some good basic info on unpacking any fish. Also make sure you check water quality before buying the discus.

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