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Placing Fish In New Tank


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I started to cycle my big tank a few days, so it probably is a bit early. When moving fish into a newly cycled tank, do you start with the biggest fish or the smallest fish that you gonna transfer?

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It shouldn't matter if all the fish were together in the previous tank :unsure: I think.

I would start with the boldest most fearless one :)

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I agree - it should not make a difference. However, with each addition, I like to "switch things up" - moving the decor around a bit - moving the bubblers and the plants and rocks and such. That way, each fish has a "new" environment to learn - the newbie and the present resident are each faced with learning a new place. This takes away the "territorial" aspect that sometimes occurs (rarely).

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This takes away the "territorial" aspect that sometimes occurs (rarely).

That's a good suggestion. Sumo is my largest, most aggressive, bolder one.....(can't use just one adjective to describe him, he's a unique one!) so when I put him into the 55 last night with the others (after moving Oscar first) I did it right before bedtime and with one of the overhead lights off - normally he swims around swiftly, bumping into the other fish as if they didn't exist, acting like he's the only one that matters. When I prepared the tank though (also moving some plants and rocks around), he acted like a timid little child away from home for the first time. It worked! (this morning though...he's back to his antics)

When I get the 125 up and cycled, he'll be first into the tank - to give everyone else a break from him. :rofl

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Then I think Godzilla will go in first. She is not territorial at all and then she will get a bit more food when she is alone. As soon as I rise the lid to feed them everyone comes to me, exept ... Godzilla. It still hasn't dawned on her that I give food. So know I'm putting on the tank lights when its feeding time, so she will learn to associate it with food.

I think Godzilla is so used to looking for food on the bottom during those 2 years that she was neglected, that she has difficulty learning new things :(

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