fish in a bucket died
September 25, 2011 1:51am CST
I was cleaning my tank, so I put the fish in a bucket of the old water. About 2-3 hours later, I went to check on them and 5 out of 10 of them were dead. The dead ones all had bulging stomachs. I also found some black sesame seeds in the bucket. Did they die from the sesame seeds or being away from a filter or something?
25 Sep 11
When cleaning an aquarium, check first that the transfer receptacle (bucket) is clean and free of contaminants, you are right there by making use of the old water from the original tank. What material was the bucket made of? Did you transfer the aerator tube to the bucket and followed the 1 inch of fish per gallon rule?. Another thing is when transferring, see to it that the fish are caught gently using a soft net material so as not to cause injury and when releasing see to it they do not get caught in between the net and the wire material and are released ASAP, some specie of fish are better in handling stress than others, what kind of fishes do you have?
28 Sep 11
How right you are. Cleaning an aquarium is a task which will be undertaken only if everything that is needed are all in place. This should not be started if everything does not check right. I used to cause so much stress to some fishes i used to have because of some misses when i clean the aquarium. So next time, prepare a check list and make sure everything has been complied with before proceeding with step 1. Good luck.