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Thomas shows us how to safely introduce fish into a new freshwater aquarium! If you need to know how to set up a freshwater aquarium, check out the video here: https://youtu.be/kgEfWkp6UCk

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Have you always wanted to set up a basic freshwater aquarium, but you just aren’t sure how? Your days of uncertainty are over– our resident Fish Geek, Thomas, guides you through the fun process!

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    Jack Auston 3 years ago

    Hi I had a 29 gallon tank and a tank with my betta in it. My 29 gallon tank recently started leaking so I quickly moved my 17 fish to my betta tank and my betta to a bowl. I then went out and bough a 36 gallon tank. I want to put the fish in ASAP because the betta is on a bowl and the tank they are in is pretty small for them. How should I add them into my new tank the fastest? Thanks and great vids

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    Jackie DeLeon 3 years ago

    what was the name of the fish he had chosen?

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    Miguel Diaz 3 years ago

    could u add a nother type of fish

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    blahblahblah hahaha 3 years ago

    How many goldfish can I have in a 20 gallon tank?

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      Dire Crusader 3 years ago

      +blahblahblah hahaha Or 1 or 2 gouramis. The smallest species only grow 3-4 inches and are pretty sociable in my experience.

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      blahblahblah hahaha 3 years ago

      +The Legendary Koroha Thanks for your advice.

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      wxt64 3 years ago

      +The Legendary Koroha no it's true!!! But when your fish grows you should put him in a bigger tank!!! So calm the fuck down

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      wxt64 3 years ago

      +The Legendary Koroha I said OR

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      wxt64 3 years ago

      +The Legendary Koroha that means you can but its not the best idea

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    Roberto J Ramirez 3 years ago

    Question : I noticed you took water from the tank to acclimate the fish. my question is…how do you replenish the small amount of water you took out of the tank? would you just add water with ratio of conditioner back in or just wait a few days before adding more water back in?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      You can top up with conditioned tap water, the same way you would from evaporation. The water you remove is quite minimal.

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    Joeby Whler 2 years ago

    I wonder how big can swordtails get?

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    achik0 2 years ago

    When is the time I will feed them?

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    Psyduckie 2 years ago

    Introduce a new pair discus but they won't eat the next day.. any advice?

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      Scarredninja 2 years ago

      Just wait another day or so and they should eat because they will be hungry

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    Dude, That's Cichlid! 2 years ago

    You're, of course, adding them to a Quarantine tank… oh wait…. BAAAAD INFORMATION!!!!

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      There isn't much point in quarantining the first fish to a newly set up aquarium; although we do advocate quarantine (see our quarantine episode).

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    RitoG8Game 2 years ago

    yo could i get 1 anglefish 3 cory catfish 3 mollies and 1 dwarf gourami in a 20 gallon tank?

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    Brookey Saugat 2 years ago

    which fish should i keep in mu new aquarium ( attractive)

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      PhoenixGaming112 2 years ago

      can mollies and swordtails live without another member of their species?

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      Zeemas World 2 years ago

      Brookey Saugat well Betta fish are nice and attractive also glofish that glow in the dark obviously

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      slickpaw07 Aj 2 years ago

      Brookey Saugat female Betta and some female guppies

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      Rainbow Mustachio 2 years ago

      Brookey Saugat I Recommend Mollies, Platys, Swordtails, Guppies, Tetras (Any Kind). You Can Keep Goldfish But They'e Really Messy.

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      kanga 2 years ago

      How big is your tank?

      How much time and effort are you willing to put into these fish?

      What do you find attractive in a fish?

      Then we can help you, otherwise people will just suggest what they like…

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    Waffle Man Cordova 2 years ago

    what fish should I keep in my 1 gallon fish tank?

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    Joseph Jones 2 years ago

    I have 2 Electric Blue Cichlids. I was wondering how to tell the difference between the male and female?

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      JJ Aquariums 2 years ago

      most of the time cichlids will have two holes under them and the female will have one hole bigger than the other and both of the males holes will be the same size

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      Joseph Jones 2 years ago

      +JJ Aquariums how would I check? Do I just get them in the net and look from the bottom? I'm new to this hobby.

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      JJ Aquariums 2 years ago

      +Joseph Jones yes but just don't have them out of the tank to long or sometime when they swim you can under them but when you bought them you could've ask that's just a tip for next time you get a fish

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      Joseph Jones 2 years ago

      +JJ Aquariums ok thanks

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    JJ Aquariums 2 years ago

    couldn't you do a drip system too

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    Prabhat Shukla 2 years ago

    Can guppies survive with the betta male in a 2 gallon tank.

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      Potato :D 2 years ago

      You should not put any other fish in a 2 gallon tank. It's completely overstocked with your betta. You need a 10 gallon tank of you want to add guppies.

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    Wilson Frempong 2 years ago

    How long do you have to wait to add new fish to your aquarium

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    Rick Barg 2 years ago

    Some fish store aquarium water is not the best, so is it not a good idea to add that water to your tank .

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      slickpaw07 Aj 2 years ago

      Rick Barg he didn't add the water from the store in the tank. He netted up the fish

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      Rick Barg 2 years ago

      slickpaw07 Aj who the fuck is using my name , asshole

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      slickpaw07 Aj 2 years ago

      Rick Barg What da hell are you talking about

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    J's CLIPS 2 years ago

    Hi my filter didn't come with bio media is it nessesary

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Biological media is the backbone of your filtration system; it is responsible for the breakdown of harmful ammonia into less harmful nitrates. If you don't currently have biological filtration, you should get it asap!

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      J's CLIPS 2 years ago

      +Big Al's could i crush up old dry rock from my saltwater aquarium

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      Brandon Pan 2 years ago

      J's CLIPS Yup. Lava rock works very well also. Almost all porous rocks. But make sure they are inert so they don't affect the water chemistry.

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    I'm WWinning 2 years ago

    Hi there, great video! My question is: I am cycling a 10 gallon tank for one male Betta fish; at what point do I add the beneficial bacterial supplement ? For example, do I wait until an ammonia spike, so that it feeds the beneficial bacterial supplement? Also, can I effectively use Betta fish pellets and/or frozen blood worms to start up the ammonia spike, through food decomposition? Thank you 🙂

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      You can add the beneficial bacteria supplement at any time during startup. We usually recommend at least an hour after the water conditioner, or the next day.

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    When i get sword tails, the male always dies first, the female survives all the time

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    What should I call my new fish

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    Smannsaker 2 years ago

    How do you keep piranhas

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    Gaming Outdoorsman 2 years ago

    i have a native fish tank to north caroilna,but i have an african chiclid with a small bass do u know any other options

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    Thomas bach 2 years ago

    With guppies if I keep them in a 10 gal would they keep reproducing until there's no space left?

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    Frosty Television 2 years ago

    I want to keep 1 or 2 platies and swordtails and a betta in my 10 gallon tank. Is that too much for the size tank I have?

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      Frosty Television 2 years ago

      I'm new to this so I don't really know

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      Mr. FishPlants 2 years ago

      Melons Fishing yes you can just make sure you have a aquarium cycle

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    IDreamofVintage 2 years ago

    How and when would you add fry to a nursery aquarium *at least 5 gal?

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    Hoop is life Fan 2 years ago

    I have a 40 gallon breeder with cichlids any ideas like a pleco

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    Jonenn 2 years ago

    can i keep neon tetras with angelfish?

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    Kjetil Jakobsen 2 years ago

    I think this method is wrong. It takes weeks to get used to new ph etc, so it's no point adding and mixing in water. But is right to float the bag in the aquarium to adjust temperature. After you open it you should get the fish out of it within a minute. Thats because when fresh air comes in contact with the water, you will have a high ammonia peak. And as you said you should not use the water the fish comes in.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Hey, Kjetil. The method certainly isn't wrong; but you do have a valid concern. The slow acclimation method I prefer to use is for locally purchased fish, rather than fish that have had to travel for days in a bag. The ammonia spike you refer to is most certainly a concern for any fish that have been in a bag for a long period of time; you don't have the same sort of ammonia buildup when the fish has been in the bag for an hour or less, and most folks won't have to travel that far with their fish from the store to their home aquarium.

      The practice for acclimating fish after a long transport is much more rapid, but given those circumstances, it is the safest.
      Keep in mind that the information provided in this video is for the new aquarium owner, rather than someone who is importing or having fish shipped to them.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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    venflo studio 2 years ago

    make a video(complete care,maintanence,feeding,bla bla) about super red dragon flowerhorn

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    Gaming Tiger 2 years ago

    could you add 4 guppys first

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    galaxy star 2 years ago

    How much time to cycle for a 10 gallon adding a mystery snail, 4 guppys, Marimo Moss Ball, java fern and Anubias Nana?
    Also do they all fit?

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      RCO Gamer 2 years ago

      TheReaperMC personally i do cycling with fish, i find it to be faster and more beneficial

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      galaxy star 2 years ago

      I have a mystery snail, 3 guppies and moss ball and I suddenly had a ammonia spike and idk how to get it down!

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      Buzzcargo 2 years ago

      galaxy star Water change!

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    Tiger Boss11 2 years ago

    Tiger

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    Ivan Villanueva 2 years ago

    Tiger barbs aren't even aggressive only when you have as much tigers suited for them to be happy I have tigers with guppies for 1 and a half years you think that's aggresive?

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    Local Frother 2 years ago

    Let's say I just added three swordfin fish in to my freshwater tank, and i want to add a couple of mollies to my tank also. How long should i wait to put more fish into my tank? Thanks!

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      Charlotte Burley 2 years ago

      Only put in up to 2 a week because then your biological filter can adjust to the new fish, and I would quarantine new fish before putting them in with healthy fish.

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    Mashtura Manzur 2 years ago

    how to add fish in a saltwater tank when you got a tang?

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    Oswaldo Rabanal 2 years ago

    awesome video, thanks!

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    Dee Parsons 2 years ago

    Your videos are simply the best! Great editing, clear information, and a lot of fun! Thank you so much!

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    satu 2 2 years ago

    i hve bought 7 guppies, but they all were died. idk why. do i hve to pour some salt in the tank??

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      whale lover 2 years ago

      omfg a nooooooooooooo. no salt either if your tank is not properly cycled theyd die also mabye high ammonia

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    Keith LaRance jR 2 years ago

    I love parrot fish my fish store only sells them for $50

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    KaijuCinema 2 years ago

    How often can I add a group of like 3 fish. Like a couple days? Week?

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    Sean Ford 2 years ago

    I had a high fin neon swordtail but it died because my new aquarium has high amounts of ammonia and nitrate.

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    whale lover 2 years ago

    that doesnt work with long distance as if you open the bag all that waste will react with the atmosphere and it'll make an ammonia spike but a 5 minute trip its fine

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      Butterflies & rainbows 1 year ago

      I was going to mention this also.

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      wolfblitz 4 1 year ago

      whale lover what should you do with long distance trips?

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      wolfblitz 4 1 year ago

      whale lover what should you do with long distance trips?

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    Aiyaad Alabi 2 years ago

    U could add a rainbow shark ?

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    sumit Biswas 2 years ago

    Brother which is the best filter for fresh water aquarium hang on filter or power head filter ???

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    Could you guys do an update on this tank?

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      We'd love to, but the tank was temporary– for the video only. The fish were re-homed to new aquariums, and the tank has been used on a bunch of other videos since.

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    Noah lennon vlogs 2 years ago

    So helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    23roymnist 1 year ago

    Don't swordtails get big (4-5 inches) and aren't they kinda aggressive? Mine are territorial, and the males fight every now and then. Also, they are like 4 inches long

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      wolfblitz 4 1 year ago

      23roymnist They aren’t usually known to be aggressive. Sometimes to each other, but usually not to other fish.

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    Ocean Man 1 year ago

    How often can I add new fish in a tank?

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    Mark Smith 1 year ago

    I loved the "netcam" footage of the fish being added to the tank.

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      Thanks! Brian (our video producer) is always happy when people notice those details 🙂

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    Alicia Quiong 1 year ago

    Hello

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    Shefiat Oladipo 1 year ago

    Where's the guppies

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    Michael Taylor 1 year ago

    Excellent presentation. Like a lot. Keep up the good work.

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    Avery Turow 1 year ago

    hi! my name is avery and i have a freshwater 30 gallon tank. i know its a late comment and i don't know if you guys will respond or not but i need some help! can you give me some suggestions on non – aggressive fish for my freshwater tank? thanks. (also keep is small!) -avery 🙂

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      wolfblitz 4 1 year ago

      Avery Turow I know I’m not them, but a good bottom feeders would be Bristlenose Plecos. Also Kribensis cichlids, zebra danios and Neon Tetras. I’m not sure about all of them combined, but if you do some more research I’m sure you’ll find one of them interesting. My personal favourites are the bristlenose and kribensis cichlids, and neon tetras. They have good compatibility. Mostly because the Tetras stay at the top Cichlids in the middle and Bristlenose at the bottom. It makes it look really nice. They also don’t fight each other.

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      wolfblitz 4 1 year ago

      Rosy Barbs are good as well and a guppies.

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      wolfblitz 4 1 year ago

      Angel fish are beautiful, but need space and tend to nip at smaller fish so they are harder to care.

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    Makeup Mobster 1 year ago

    When is this beard trend going to end? I don't get why anyone wants to look like a modern day Abe Lincoln.

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    Makeup Mobster 1 year ago

    All joking aside, this is a great video! Very detailed and I like the part about acclimating the fish at the beginning.

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    mike mcguinness 1 year ago

    What is the max amount of fish that can be added at once to brand new tank? 36 gall bow front / freshwater

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    the gaming ninja 2006 1 year ago

    2 males to 1 femal????

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    Jack Woodcock 1 year ago

    Fresh water Invertebrates video

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    gerardo carrillo 1 year ago

    I added about 200 fishes in my 600 gallon all at once nothing happen

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    Ishan Kanchan 12 months ago

    He s really funny