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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-20-2020, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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So this is an interesting question, one that often troubled me when I first started.

I typically do one of two things when adding new livestock, and that largely depends on what time of day the livestock arrives.

My co2 is set to come on at 3:30p every day. If new livestock arrives several hours beforehand, I don't change anything. I add the fish, give them a few hours to acclimate, and let the co2 and tank do its thing naturally. If, however, the livestock will be arriving in the afternoon, I don't want to add them to my high co2 water, so I will delay, or in some cases, even turn off co2 for the day. After the initial day, all systems and processes return to normal.


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So essentially, the general consensus is to add new livestock prior to the CO2 coming on for the day, ideally as long before as possible, and then let the tank / CO2 run as normal??

I guess the majority of the times I have added livestock would have been during the photo period hours now that I look back... Thanks again for everyone's input.

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So essentially, the general consensus is to add new livestock prior to the CO2 coming on for the day, ideally as long before as possible, and then let the tank / CO2 run as normal??



I guess the majority of the times I have added livestock would have been during the photo period hours now that I look back... Thanks again for everyone's input.
Basically, yes. I like to add the livestock at least a few hours before lights and co2 come on. If that isn't possible, I simply turn off the co2 for the day to give the new livestock a full day's acclimation.

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Not to discount anyone elseís experiences in any way but I just temp acclimate them and drop them in. Over the past 5-6 years of co2 use at a drop of 1.2-1.4 in ph I have never had an issue regardless of co2 being on or not. I donít do this with shrimp but all of the garden variety fish I usually keep do well. Keep in mind my lfs stocks good quality fish and I seldomly have purchased fish from petco/petsmart


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