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There are so many recommended ways to acclimate livestock out there, and we are not saying that any of them are wrong or right.  We are merely saying that from our years of experience with these organisms we have found that the following acclimation procedure has worked the absolute best for us minimizing stress thus proving a better success rate of survival in captivity.  This whole process takes about an hour to complete and requires only a few items) Most of these we all already have or should if we are in this hobby…

Items you will need;

 1.     Acclimating Vessel(Bucket or container to drip in)  preferably a dark vessel at least 3-5 gal. volume

 2.      Some airline tubing, enough to reach from your aquarium to the floor.

 3.      Airpump with tubing and airstone.  Any will do…

 4.      Small heater that has an internal thermostat

 5.      A net if you are acclimating a Fish or Invert, and a rubber/latex glove for Corals

Now with all the items ready to go and about an hours time, you are ready to acclimate;

1.      Turn all lights in aquarium off and leave them off for the entire process.  Float the bag with the  animal in it, unopened,  in the aquarium for approx… 20 minutes.  You are doing this to equalize the temperature of the water in the shipping bag to the water of your aquarium .

2.      Cut the bag open from the top and pour the contents into your acclimating vessel.

3.      Take some airline tubing and run it from the aquarium to the acclimating vessel.  Now start a siphon of water from your tank to the vessel.  Tie a knot in the end of the airline tubing, tightening it just enough to make the drip a broken stream ( a very fast drip)

4.      Add an airstone and plug in an airpump.  This will provide much needed oxygen, water movement, CO2 off gas,  and PH stabilization.

5.      Set a small heater to the same temperature as the aquarium.  This will ensure a stable temperature while acclimating.  One of the biggest stressors when acclimating without a heater can be a major drop in temperature in the acclimating vessel.

6.      Now, if you are acclimating a Fish we recommend putting something mostly covering the acclimating vessel to prevent a Fish from jumping out.  And for Corals we recommend at least shading or keeping any bright lighting out of the acclimating vessel. Most room light is perfect for acclimating.

7.      At this point you should let the animal drip for at least 30 minutes, preferably 40-45 minutes.  If the acclimating vessel starts to fill to high, simply remove and discard some of the water from the vessel.

7b. For Corals, about half way through the drip procedure we recommend some type of disinfectant or dip procedure should be done.  This is not necessary for the alive arrival guarantee, so we will not go into further detail here.  For more information about what we do in house please see our recommended Coral Dip procedure.

8.      After the appropriate amount of dripping, gently remove the animal and place it in the aquarium.  If it is a fish or Invertebrate we recommend gently scooping it out with an appropriate sized net, then placing it in the aquarium and releasing it low in the tank and near some rocks or decorations.  This way the new addition is not considered a food item falling from the top, as food normally does for our current aquarium inhabitants.  If it is a Coral we recommend having a rubber/latex glove on, and grabbing the piece by the rock base/frag plug and placing lower in your aquarium, not in direct bright light for the first 24 hours, then moving it to its final mounting spot.  This helps to reduce the stress from lighting, allowing the coral to recover from the stress of shipping.

9.      Leave lights off for at least 1 hour, and discard water from acclimating vessel.  Replace water removed from acclimating with new water.  

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