Help on adjusting a new and very stressed fish?
We were out ice fishing today. Normaly, had it been summer, I wouldn't be having as many issues as I am now.
Well, we were catching Sun Fish and Blue Gills, both of which look similar with the sunfish having a yellow belly. They are both a dark green and black color. But, I managed to catch a small, blue blue gill. The fish is nearly purple in color. Never have I seen a blue gill that was blue...
Anyway, I decided to try and keep it and put it in with my turtle. The tank is a 30 gallon tank, and would be temperary should this fish survive. I have a 55 gallon, but one of the fish has a little growing to do before I can put such a big (5-6 inch) fish in that tank.
Anyway, I've had it in just enough water for it to breath. I haven't dared to put any more in it. Chlorine is too much of an issue here at my house. Finally, I've managed to get home and get some of the turtle's tank water tested (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH) and I've tested the pH of the water the fish was in.
Here's the specifics of the fish's jouney.
Caught (hooked on the lip.)
Tossed on ice.
Put in a plastic bag filled slightly with lake water and floating in the hole in the ice.
Picked up, taken to car.
Driven about 5 miles to my grandparent's house.
Put in a large CoolWhip container with a little bit of tap water (their water does not have cholorine.)
Driven about 15 miles in that container (too small for the fish to swim correctly.)
Put in a 1 gallon ice cream bucket at my parent's house.
Bucket filled 1/3 of the way with the water from the coolwhip and some bottled water.
Driven about 20 miles.
2 cups of water added to bucket.
The fish is floating, barely breathing, but is responsive. I know I have to get it into the tank asap, but with the fish being in water with a pH a little lower than the turtle's tank, I've got to do this slowly.
Any help would be appreciated! The fish is large enough that the turtle will not bother with it. Turtle's tank came out with 0 ammonia and nitrite and a nitrate of less than 40. Turtle's pH is about 8.2, fish's is about 7.4 .
Any tips on reducing stress???
36g-- s.i.p. ...// 10g --16 baby axoltols (wild-type and dirty lucy) // 29 gallon -- Wildtype Axolotl // 40 gallon breeder -- 4.5 inch Painted Turtle // 30 gallon -- Daphnia // 5.5 gallon -- 2 Killfish, 4 emerald dwarf rasbora