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Qt transfer to Display  3/23/07 Hello Crew <Hello.  Brandon here today.> I'm preparing to transfer my Juv Imp Angel to my display tank from QT. <Good job on quarantining.  Wish more people would do it.> I'd like to transfer the Angel without transferring the water from my QT along with it.   <Agreed.> How can I do this? <I would use a net, or a sieve like container.>   I'm trying not to net this fish, so I figured I'd drill a few holes in the bottom of a small acrylic fish holder and quickly move the fish to the display?   <You are going to use an intermediary container to acclimate the fish aren't you?> This way, the fish will be out of water for a few seconds during the transfer (my qt is right next to my display).  Does this sound OK?  Or is there a better way to do this? <Get above mentioned intermediary container.  Place enough water from the QT tank to comfortably cover the Angel, and slowly acclimate it to the display tank by adding the display tank to the water in the bucket at a rate of about half a cup every fifteen minutes for around an hour.  You may then use your acrylic invention to add this awesome fish to your tank.> Thanks for all you folks do. <You are most welcome, and thank you for the kind words.  Brandon.> Wayne

Re: Qt transfer to Display  3/23/07 Thanks for the reply Brandon <You are welcome.> Funny, I've never acclimated my fish from QT to Display.   <This should be done to prevent salinity/temperature/pH shock.> I use display water when changing water in the QT.   <Should use new water.> I thought one of the benefits of doing this, was not having to acclimate.  Oh well, I can't remember where I learned this from, but good info none the less. <I have never heard of this.  Regardless of what water you use, it is impossible to make all parameters so close that there is no stress.   Hence the need to acclimate.> Thanks for the advise, I'll get an intermediary container, and acclimate per your instruction. <You're welcome.> One other question.  What level of nitrite is too much for a fish to handle?   <Anything over zero.  Nitrite binds to the hemoglobin more readily than oxygen possibly causing brain damage and organ failure.  It is also irreversible.> I'm doing 30% daily water changes in my QT (30 gal) with water from my display.  Parameters in my display are zeros for Nitrite, Ammonia, and Nitrate.  In my QT, right before the water change, the Nitrite is often around .25, and ammonia also .25.  Is this too stressful for the fish in QT? <In a word, yes.  I would take the filter sponge from the QT and rinse it with really hot water or boil it between occupancies, and then place it in the sump of the display after allowing it to dry and cool.  Then when you need it you can pull it out and place it in the filter of the QT tank.  Wa La!  Instantly cycled.  Hope that this helps.  Brandon.> Wayne

Acclimatization device - lesser of two evils?    4/23/07 Hi, <Hello there> I have been keeping freshwater fish for over 5 years and have recently taken my first foray into the wonderful world of saltwater!  In all this time I have never seen a device that assisted acclimatization so I was interested when I saw a device called Fintro for sale on a UK site called maidenhead aquatics.  The link for the device is http://www.maidenheadaquatics.co.uk/eshop/product_info.php?products_id=2048.   I am very interested to hear your opinions, be they good or bad, about the device. <Neat concept... but... trouble in terms of disease transmission, likely pH induced burn (presence of ammonia...) and it's too small a volume to be of use with most any marine organism... And I would NOT simply mix shipping/transport water with system... Much prefer to do this outside the area, through an intermediate process/container... For many organisms, run them through a period of isolation (Quarantine)... post acclimatization, possibly a dip/bath procedure... as posted... on WWM> My personal opinion (for what it's worth) is that the device, although not perfect, would be a very good guide for people who are complete beginners at fish keeping.  I recognize (<----UK spelling) it has some shortcomings.  The main problem being that it releases water from the bag into the tank, <Yes> which has obvious infestation risks from any pathogen carried from the LFS.  This can however be overcome by utilising (<---- that pesky UK spelling again! Damn that proper English!) the device in a qt tank/container, something which I know you'll agree should be the preferred routine anyway. <Yes> The bottom line is that the beginner aquarist, if they are inadequately educated will more than likely release the bag water into the tank anyway.  In this regard I would rather see them guided (by the device) in the proper acclimation time, therefore reducing the stress to the fish and hopefully helping it to cope with any possible pathogen more effectively. <Good point> The price point (£3.99 / US$8.00) also makes it available to all of us which is always a bonus! <Agreed> Thanks for your time and continued dedication to the science of fish keeping. I look forward to hearing your opinion. Matt. <I still would not encourage the use of such a device or technique... Folks that would be earnest aquarists should know the basics of protein catabolism, fish and invertebrate physiology... the implications of excretion, secretion of ammonia... and the need to adjust pH if need be... during receiving of said animals... and invest in at least a small "other system" for quarantine, treatment... I do NOT want to encourage something less that will too likely result in the loss of life, increased morbidity... the loss of the livestock or hobbyist. Bob Fenner>

Re: Acclimatization device - lesser of two evils?    4/23/07 Hi, I understand the concern and agree that shortcuts in this hobby are invariably more trouble than they're worth.  The concept as you say is good but as I stated in my first email I recognize it's limitations and dangers. Thanks for your input. Matt. <And you for yours Matt! BobF>  

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