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Acclimation Guide

Fish, Anemones, Clams and Inverts Acclimation

The most common method for introducing new fish into an aquarium is to float the plastic bag for a while, then gradually mix the aquarium water with the fish store water in the bag. It works for many species, but there is a better way of introducing more sensitive fish into a new aquarium. The drip acclimation method sounds complicated; it’s really not. You can even buy a cheap drip acclimation kit from the on-line stores. Or you can make one.

How does Drip Acclimation work? 

  1. Get about four feet of aquarium air hose, and put a regular air valve on one end.
  2. When you get the fish home, put them, along with the aquarium store water, into a clean plastic bucket that holds a couple gallons. Make sure to cover the bucket so the fish can’t jump out.
  3. Open the air valve all the way, and fill the air hose with water.
  4. Clip it to the inside of the aquarium that will hold the fish, and let the water siphon into the bucket.
  5. Adjust the output to a drip so the bucket takes about an hour to fill up most of the way.
  6. When the bucket is about full, remove the siphon and gently dump the fish into the aquarium.
  7. Min 1 hour

If you buy one of the drip acclimation kits, they have a rigid, u-shaped tube on the intake end, so you you don’t have to bother with clipping the intake to the aquarium. They also have a plastic valve on the output end.

Drip acclimation will reduce much of the stress associated with moving fish from one environment to another. In my experience, it’s especially good for angelfish.

Do not put the water in the bag into your aquarium, discard all but enough water to cover the fish after the first drip acclimation. Repeat the drip acclimation procedure and again slowly fill the container with the new fish. After that, net them and put the fish into their new aquarium. 

Coral Acclimation

The proper acclimation of a new arrival is extremely important considering the amount of stress the coral has endured before arriving at your door. We recommend that the following procedure be followed immediately upon receipt of the livestock. The entire process is actually very simple and should take less than half an hour to complete.

Coral may appear incredibly stressed when they arrive at your door.  Shipping coral is one of the most stressful things we do, and that says a lot considering that many of them were propagated with a band saw!  They literally just had the worst day of their lives in the shipping process so it may take a couple days before they regain any semblance of their prior appearance. 

Stress however is not the same as a DOA.  If you receive a coral that you think died during shipping, please let us know.

Step 1 Float coral bag for 20-30 min

Step 2 Empty the water and coral into a container.

Step 3. Drip acclimate water from your aquarium or simply add 3/4 cups of water into the container. 

Step 4. Pest control dip is recommended but its optional.

Step 5. Rinse the coral in clean saltwater from the tank.

Step 6. Release the coral into the tank depending on the coral place it on the proper level bottom, middle or top of the aqua-scape . In some species you will have to place the new coral at the bottom and gradually move the coral up to the proper lever to ensure it received the correct PAR light reading.