TROPICAL CARE

When introducing new fish into a tank a few simple precautions can help to ensure The best possible environment for the fish,

Water quality

Always ensure the water in the tank is suitable for the fish, purchase your own test kits or get your local dealer to test it for you before introducing fish,


If you are unsure of the suitability of your tank for your new fish, please ask, any reputable dealer will be only too happy to give impartial advice on the fish best suited for your needs, we run a colour scheme on our tanks for all our fish for sale, but this is used as A guide and is determined by the size of the tank and the current fish varieties in your tank. So if you are unsure please ask, as with all tropical fish it is sometimes hit and miss as to Whether or not fish can get on with each other, so what works in one tank may not work in another and you cannot hold the dealer responsible for fish that do not get on with each other and in some cases may kill each other,

Water temperature

The average temperature in most tanks is 24 deg, but this is dependent on the Type of fish you actually keep, so please ask if unsure, remember the larger the tank the more Water quantity and the easier to keep stable, so it is true what they say bigger is better,

Introducing to the tank

Switch of the lights, leave the bag unopened to float on the water for about 5 mins, to equalize the water temperatures, Open the bag holding the fish and allow some of the water to mix with the water in the bag, leave for a further 5 mins whilst ensuring the fish do not show signs of stress if they do release them straight into the tank, when the 5 mins is up release them into the tank, please note it is not unusual for smaller fish to swim off and hide , this is more noticeable when introducing fish in single numbers, Please note our time scale for floating the fish is based on our packing method as we add pure oxygen to our bags, so when using other dealers take note of the health of the fish in the bags and release them at the first sign of stress, on a personal note we add a small amount of food when releasing the fish, we find this acts as a distraction and helps avoid the new fish being chased about,


One of the biggest problems in tanks is low levels of oxygen, to ensure you do not have this problem install an air pump with air stones, this is essential when you have high stock levels and you will see the health and activity of the fish improve,

TEESSIDE KOI AND AQUATICS is a family run business, we are all fish keepers who pride
ourselves in the health and quality of our fish, advice is at the end of the phone during shop
opening hours or by email enquiries@teessidekoi.co.uk we want you to enjoy a lifetime of fishkeeping so please do not be afraid to ask for advice we all had to start somewhere.