Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Dragon Fish - New Tank

I have a problem with a leaking tank in Jul07 and it was a last minute panic for me. Really stressful event for a dragon fish owner. The old 4x2 tank was purchased around 5years ago when i first started the hobby, poor judgment then lead to the situation. The old tank glass is only 6mm thick, not really suitable for the size of the tank. It hold for 5 years and start to leak one morning...Damn with my most expensive violet fusion super red (VFSR) in it. A mad rush to buy a new tank does not help.

With no choice, I moved VFSR from the leaking tank to a new 2ft tank temporary ( it was a bad move, as i forgot about all the fundamental of transporting an adult Arowana). The problem is that before I bagged the Dragon Fish, it jump out of the tank and onto the floor...losing 3 scales. So sad.

The New Tank Arrived 3 days later.

Transport the Dragon Fish.

Things you need:
1. Transmore, anaesthetics for fish
2. Big plastics bag (big enough for your fish)
3. Yellow powder (medication, just in case the fish have some cuts during the move)

[ That's is not a condom pack!!! ]

The best way to move an adult dragon fish is to first "knock" the fish out cold with anaesthetic, Transmore. Slowly dip a few drops into the tank and "play" gently with your dragon fish. Play with the dragon fish is to see whether the anaesthetic effect has started.

Continue to dip slowly, 5 drops at a time, and check if you dragon fish has calm down from touch. Work this until the dragon fish is not reacting with force when you "play" its tail. There is no need to completely "knock" the fish out cold.

Then, slowly bag the fish with the big plastic bag and move it into the new tank. Once, in the new tank, the fish will "wake" up from the fresh water and soon be swimming around. Add a little bit of yellow powder if there are minor cut (or scale drop) during transportation. You might want to add blackwater to calm the fish from the new environment.