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What could have happened to our fish?

my father purchased a few fish yesterday. we took them home and put them in the tank doing the same routine we use when we get new fish. we put the fish into the tank but still in the bag they came in. we then wait a few minutes (15-20 usually) before releasing them. once they were out they started acting funny. crashing into other fish and swimming sideways. within an hour 3 fish died out of the 4 we bought. the water temperature of the water in the bag and of the tank wasn't very different and none of the other fish were acting like this. could they have died from shock? PS all the fish were tropical and fresh water fish. if that was important info to know.

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You are doing all the right things, perhaps the pet store is being too rough when bagging them. They also need to squirt a shock liquid into the bag for travel comfort.

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The water needs oxygen

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Even the slightest change in temperature water can kill the fish.

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Fishes are very sensitive.I had also fishes but they died cuz my cat always use to freak them :P =D

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I had cat and fish too but none of them died as dramatically as these did...
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Maybe still they did not acclimate to the temperature of the tank properly. Some sort of thermal shock. Maybe the ph of the tank water in combination with temp.

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Ok thank you :)
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Perform weekly water changes. Take out about 50% of the water and up in fresh new water. When getting new fish make sure they are compatible for your tank. Cold water = cold water pond fish. Warmer water = tropical freshwater fish. Also don't over populate your tank. For every 1 inch of fish you need 1 gallon of water.

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Thanks for the info. We actually do that. We just did it today and checked that the chemicals in the water were ok and they were. Thanks any way :)
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Need to leave the bag in the tank longer, till all the water is the same temp. Then only put the fish in the tank, not the water in the bag.

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Check the ph in your tank-
And contrary to what another said,
Changing half your water a week can be dangerous to the fish,
You can change half the water,
But not every week.
And only add distilled water to the tank- also use a good bubbler in the tank, as this adds oxygen to the water. But ph is very important ,
Check it at least every 2 days,
And adjust if necessary.

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We did get the water checked. The guy at the store said it was soft but still ok/safe. Thanks for the tips :)
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They sell ph kits
And it's a simple color coded system
And it has ph up and ph down to get to neutral -
Ph is caused by acidic water caused
By fish waste - FYI

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Yeah that's what we have :) we just quickly dip the little meter-ish thing in the water right? We ran out of those but took a sample to the shop. They said it was ok tho. Thanks any way :)
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Oxygen

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Thanks :)
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When fish are in the bag floating in the tank also add water from your tank into the bag in small amounts every 10 minutes or so until the water in the bag has doubled. This will help the fish get used to the components of your water.

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Ok thanks :)
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