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How do you add fish to your planted tank?

After some research, I found it astonishing all the different ways people add fish to their tanks. I want to know how planted tank people add fish to their tanks: please share your experience! If you have another method/opinion, then please share.

The most popular methods that I've heard of people using are:

1. Drop and Plop
2. Float Bag
3. Drip

Quick description of each:

1. Drop and Plop- Add drop of prime to bag; dump fish into net; add fish into tank.

2. Float Bag- for a period of time; periodically adding tank water to accurate; dump fish into net; add to tank

3. Drip- slowly drip water into a bucket or another tank over several hours; net fish; add to tank.

Please include a survival rate or some kind of explanation as to why you use that method.
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I use the drip method, never had anything die from acclamation shock as far as I can tell
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number 2

It's simple, and has a temperature and pH gradual match. I never loose any inhabitant with this method...

Maybe number 3 if you have a very sensitive species
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Float the bag. Except for a few very delicate species, I think people forget that most of our fish have adapted to being able to handle adverse and varying conditions in their natural habitat. Since its enough to prevent a major temp shock most fish do fine with the bag method.
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How long do you all float for?
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15 min. Add aquarium water a few times to the bag. Thats work for me.
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After quarantine for 2 weeks I use the drip method , I drip them before qt tank too
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15 min. Add aquarium water a few times to the bag. Thats work for me.
same, float 15 then add some tank water and float another 5.

Bump: Midnighttides method is probably the safest, but not all of us have a quarantine tank. I just try to be very picky with my fish and am fortunate enough to have a lfs that genuinely cares and will not sell a fish that appears sick.
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Drip acclimate in a bucket, if only for being the easiest and most convenient way for me......
Years ago I used to do the stepwise adding of aquarium water to the bucket containing fish/LFS water, the drip method is just a much easier form of this. Start it off, and walk off for an hour or two, just make sure the siphon can't drain the tank more than the capacity of the bucket!

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Float the bag. Slowly mix the water. Tip bag in after a short while. I've never had any serious fish though.


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I do number three.

Drip acclimate my fish for a couple hours and then I would then do the floating method for an hour. Afterwards, in they go.

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I use the drip method for an hour or so. I run high co2, so when new fish are added I have to remember to turn down the co2. Then, over a week, adjust it back up to normal.


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I've recently had this issue. I'm glad you commented on the co2 aspect as it is a if part of our planted tanks.

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I use the drip method for an hour or so. I run high co2, so when new fish are added I have to remember to turn down the co2. Then, over a week, adjust it back up to normal.
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Float bag . For an hour or so to let temperatures equalize . 95% of my stock comes from local club members who I've known for a long time , they've got pretty much the same water as I have , and won't give out a sick fish , so quarantine is unnecessary . Much of the year drop'n'plop would work for me , but an hour isn't too much to wait .
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I drip, a throwback from my cichlid days. But its a good practice.

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