Care and feeding
After your tank has set for a few days, the water will be at room temperature, and if you have a heater, set it for between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Fighters love the heat, and if the temperature in your tank drops to below 75 degrees, your new pet will become sluggish and lethargic. Not a good state to be in when you're going into battle, is it?
Float your fighter's holding bag in the tank for about 20 minutes, so that the temperature in the bag becomes equal to the temperature in the tank. Putting him straight into the tank will probably ruffle him up a bit, just as you would feel uneasy going from an air conditioned room into the hot sun. Notice I say 'him' because you're most likely to choose a male fighter, since they're way more colourful and larger than the females, much like other animal and fish species in the animal kingdom.
Before putting him into the tank, open the bag, pour it into a net suspended over a bucket and then gently release him from the net into his new home. He'll swim out on his own, no coaxing needed.
A clever trick, if you're introducing your fighter into an aquarium that is home to other fish, is to distract the others for a moment by giving them a pinch of food. That'll give him some time to adjust, without too much unwanted attention the minute he sets foot (or fin!) in his new pad. Remember, fighters like to hang around all by their lonesome most of the time.
If he doesn't seem to have an appetite, don't worry. He'll come around in a day or two.
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