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Purpose of Acclimating New Home for Our Betta Splendens

Submitted by on 29 September 2010 – 16:26

Whether your betta splendens just arrived from long journey (you bought them by online or just arrived from betta splendens contest that was held in other city)? This condition often make your betta stress. Before you place him into betta tank or their new home, you should make some acclimation. How should we do this acclimation?

You should place the bag in the water of the betta tank, which you should have prepared ahead of time and waiting for him. This is called ‘floating’ a betta, and the purpose is to gradually bring the water the betta is currently in to the same temperature as the water in the tank before release. This takes about 15 minutes. After the water temperatures are about the same, you should gently cut or tear open the bag, but don’t release the betta quite yet! You should add a little bit of the tank water to the bag with the betta to slowly and gradually acclimate the fish to the differences in pH and hardness that may be present. During the next half hour you should pour some water from the bag and add more from the tank until eventually he is floating in mostly new water. Then gently tip the bag and let the betta swim into his new quarters.

The same steps should be followed for the betta purchased online, but just a few differences. For one, the fish has been in a completely dark box for at least 24 hours, and being suddenly thrust into a new and brilliantly lit world may throw him into shock. Try to unpack the box in a dimly-lit room, and gently withdraw each bag and examine the betta carefully to assess the general condition. Then, place the bags in the betta tanks and resume acclimation as described in the second paragraph.

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