Introducing New Fish to Your Tank
This article will give you an idea of the sort of things to expect when you first introduce fish to your aquarium. We are going to assume that you have already cycled your tank and you have an established biological filter. If you don't understand the principle of "cycling an aquarium" then please visit this page. If you don't understand something then please visit our forum where somebody will help you. DO NOT introduce an Oscar to your aquarium until your tank is fully cycled.
Normal behavior when first introducing a fish to its tank
- The fish bolts straight for a hiding place and may not come out for a while
- The fish breathes heavily. More than likely this is due to stress levels [also read this section]
- The fish floats to the bottom of the tank and appears to be motionless, sometimes laying on its side. This will also be down to stress
- The fish won't eat. Once again, the fish has been put through a traumatic experience and will not want to eat straightaway