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sh handling and conditioning down to a science. Usually when the sh While at the shows many folks always ask how arrive, we make sure the water tem- we go about transferring the fi sh in and out perature in our tank is within 4 de- grees of the holding tank they arrive of the tanks. Our small tank holds about 3500 in. By taking this procedure serious- ly we avoid shell-shocking the sh gallons (7000 for our large tank) and is about with warmer or colder water which is very important. Most of the 40000 pounds when full; so naturally the tank time the Fish and Game electro- does not travel with water. Once the tank is in shocks the sh to get them, which means they are already stressed position at the show, we usually fi ll the tank with out when they arrive. As the event comes to an end we lower the a fi re hose and then put the proper chemicals water to about one foot deep and into the tank to take out the chlorine in the with the assistance of the state wildlife of cers I put on the wad- water. After the tank sits overnight we kick on ers and hop in for an old fashion sh round up! This always gets all of the fi ltration from the sand fi lters to the UV messy fast as the sh go crazy sterilizers to purify the water and maybe kick not wanting to get caught. After all the sh are returned back to on the chiller if it’s an outside promotion or if we the Fish and Game truck to be released back where they were will be having a coldwater display. caught, we drain the rest of the water and head off to the next event. Crazy times for sure. Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you out on the water soon. BWU

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March/April 2011