If you purchase your Tropheus from a local breeder, they will have less travel time and therefore should be easier to acclimate. The longer time they have in the bag (or other transport), the more pollutants will build up in the water, lowering pH, increasing ammonia, and making acclimation more tedious.
This picture shows some of the holding tanks used for wild caught fish before they are sorted, bagged, and shipped out to the United States or Europe.
Before the wild (and pond raised) fish are bagged, they must be sorted by species, sex, and size. The fish are generally given a mild tranquilizer to help them through their long journey.
Here bagged fish are moved to a truck to be taken to another holding station closer to the airport, where often they will again be sorted and then re-bagged before being loaded on an airplane.
Hundreds of bagged fish await transport to the airfield to be shipped to the United States and Europe. Many of these are special orders and will not be resold in the aquarium trade, rather they are kept for breeders and their offspring sold at a later date.
Getting your new Tropheus home can be one of the most exciting and at the same time, stressful parts of keeping them.
In most cases, you will have received your fish from a breeder out of your area and will need them to be shipped by airplane to you. Even if you get them locally, they will spend some time bagged and will require care to make them feel at home in their new tank. Transport can require the fish to be in a bag for quite a long time which is stressful to them for a number of reasons.
There are a number of things to take note of when unpacking your new fish
If you are adding new fish to an existing colony there are a few tricks that can be helpful
© Copyright 2001 Teale Miller, all rights reserved
Miller, Teale. (Feb 01, 2001). "New Tropheus Care". Cichlid Room Companion. Retrieved on Dec 08, 2023, from: https://cichlidae.com/section.php?id=73.