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Moving Bala Shark from one tank to another...

Hi, I'm new to the forum and almost new to the hobby. So I promise a bunch of stupid questions.
Currently I'm trying to move my Bala shark from one tank to another. The problem is this tanks have different PH level. Currently my bala lives in PH 6.6 and my newly set tank with PH 7.6 (close to tap water). Is it safe to move my fish like this or should I prepare my new tank?

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I don't think it will be a problem. I would drip acclimate him to the new water for 2-3 hours before I put him in the new tank.


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Ya thats too big of a PH jump.

Drip acclimate.
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Thanks a lot guys for your reply!!
For how long should I do the acclimate mothod?
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Drip acclimation is a process by which the water from the new tank is slowly mixed with the old water via a drip system. This method slowly adjusts the water parameters of the old water to be more in line with the new water. I usually drip acclimate until 100% of the old water has been replaced with the new water.

For a Bala Shark I would put him in a 5 gallon bucket about half way full of the old water. Place the bucket on the floor next to the new tank. Run airline tubing into the new tank and start a siphon via your preferred method. There are a number of methods to control the drip rate. Most people just tie a knot in the air line tubing, I use a cheapo airline flow valve. Once you have the drip set you can place the tubing into the bucket and let the dripping begin. I usually increase my drip rate every half hour or so.


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tuffgong: Thank you again!!
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