Is it safe to add fish day after a heavy rainfall?


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I have two goldfish that I had quarantined and was going to put them in the pond yesterday. However, yesterday it rained heavily all day. I even had to go out and use my pond vac to drain 5 inches of water. Today I added more beneficial bacteria and an extra airstone (the three fish in the pond seem fine). I tested the water and the ph is high, 9 according to api test.
Would it be better to wait until tomorrow to add the two new fish? I’m not sure how long it takes to stabilize after rain.
Pond is about 250 gallons. I also tested the ammonia and it is zero.

FYI I live in Florida zone 9
 
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What is the ph normally? I'd definitely let the ph settle to normal prior to adding, especially if their tank is different
 
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Then wait till the pond and the tank are close in ph. 7.5 to 9 would be a big jump.
 

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depends on if they look stressed in the holding area and if the ammonia is safe level .Water temperature is the major concern ,If the rain has lowered the temp. of the pond and the holding tank is warmer water it could shock them
 
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I would add one fish tomorrow and the other a couple of days later. Don't worry about the pH and rain etc. Just slowly acclimate them before putting them in the pond. Acclimation is the key to success. With your ammonia at zero you are doing great.
 

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Well the pond ph has not changed. The quarantine tank is a 20 L with a aqua clear 50 sponge filter on it. The two fish are not tiny one is a 3.5 inch shibunkin the other a 5 in comet. They do not seem stressed, acting normally and eating. The temperature is similar but the tank is warmer. It’s outside too so with the warm weather hard to keep temp down.
I use a small tank to acclimate to the pond. I can certainly take an hour or more to acclimate with an airstone in the tank. It can sit on a shelf in the pond to help with temperature. But the difference in ph is what concerns me.
Should I try to lower the ph in the pond first? How would I do that?
 
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I carefully acclimate delicate aquarium fish to large pH changes with no problem. I use a drip method over a period of hours. I also use that method in my goldfish ponds. It works. Your goldfish can adjust to your pond's pH. Just acclimate very slowly. The process might take a couple of hours for a huge pH differential. Just compare the pH in your acclimation bag/bucket to the pond's pH before releasing the fish into the pond. The pH should be the same. I absolutely would not alter your pond's pH. But in my opinion, you are going to overload your 250-gallon pond with that many fish especially at that size.
 

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The other three fish are only 1 inch in size. They are comets as well. So I’m guessing on the gallons the pond is 5 x 7 and 2.5 feet deep except for a shelf around the front that is about 8 inch wide and 8-10 inch deep depending on level of the pond.
 
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@Stephen Noble could describe what I would need to do the drip method? I understand the concept but am uncertain how to execute it. Thanks for all your help.
 

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So I found a pond calculator and it looks like I was way off. My pond is about 400 gallons even allowing for how it narrows and the different depths.
 

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Ok I did not put either fish in today and I just tested the ph in the pond and now it’s reading at 7. That’s a 2 degree fluctuation in about 6.5 hours. I don’t think 7 is bad but I am worried by how quick it dropped.
I have noticed that the water bubbles on the surface are not popping very quickly. I read that can be bad because could influence oxygen. I still have an airstone in addition to the waterfall but the fish are hiding (not unusual for these three).
I did find out how to do the slow drip and am planning on doing that tomorrow. Assuming all is well in the morning. I hope this just means the pond is stabilizing after so much rain. Pop
 
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Oh good deal; 400-gallons is much better :). For my delicate fish I use an AccuDrip acclimator which is really an IV hose set with a clamp. I don't use it for pond fish but have another way to drip acclimate them. This is for radical pH changes. Do this in the shade, early in the morning or after sunset to prevent overheating. Float the fish in a bag in the pond (inside a pond...not aquarium size fish bag), leaving plenty of space for the addition of water and slowly drip pond water into the bag. Use aquarium airline tubing and clamp it down to slow the flow to a drip. A close pin works depending on the hose you use, . I use surgical hose that is very flexible so it clamps easily. Stabilize the bag so it doesn't fold over or fall into the pond. Keep the top of the bag open. Put pond water in a bucket above the pond (on a chair if necessary) and start your siphon. Adjust the flow to only add perhaps a cup per hour for radical pH changes. Use judgment, if the air temperature is really hot, change the bucket (put new pond water in it) to prevent overheating the fish in the bag. This should not be a problem this time of year since you are in Florida zone 9. I just received a notice about your pond and pH. Let nature do it's job. Sure hopes this helps. Please let us know how things go. By the way, nice pond!
 
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Acclimation success! I did both fish from my quarantine tank separately. I was going to do one today and one tomorrow but the holding tank is cloudy and I was afraid of an ammonia spike. When I did the acclimation there was a 1% difference in ph this morning so I took about 2.5 hours to acclimate slowly. I waited a couple of hours to do the second fish and by then there was only a half percent difference. Everyone appears to be doing well and the two bigger fish have gotten the little ones out of hiding.
I can’t thank everyone enough for all of your help. Time for everyone to get secure before the rainy season starts!
 
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Way to go Dbarr! So happy for your success. You have a bunch of very fortunate fish!
 
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teach them to eat out of your hand by putting a piece of food in your fingers when they are really hungry
 
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