Acclimating Fish & Corals - Aquarium Guide How To
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Below are full step by step instructions for acclimatising fish and corals:
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ACCLIMATION GUIDES FOR MARINE CORALS / INVERTS
**Note most corals will shrink / shrivel up considerably during transit and will re-open once settled – this can sometimes take several days**
The decision to properly acclimate is down to you but at the very least you should usually introduce new water slowly before adding specimen into the tank, with delicate species slow drip acclimation will be necessary, less care can be taken with hardy species but its always best to err on the side of caution. An exception should be made if LIVESTOCK HAS SPENT AN EXTENDED PERIOD IN TRANSIT DUE TO DELAY OR SHIPPING WATER LOOKS / SMELLS VERY BAD – IN THESE CASES ITS BEST TO ADD DIRECTLY TO TANK and dispose of all shipping water.
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.
Step 1: Turn the Aquarium Lights OFF
The livestock has been in complete darkness for the last day, and will not immediately adjust to high output aquarium lighting. By turning off the lights, you remove a possible source of stress for the new arrival. Overexposure to light in general can be an issue with new additions to your reef tank. It only takes a day or two under high light conditions to severely damage a coral that was grown under more modest illumination.
Step 2: Empty the containers into a slightly larger tub
Typically we use a small plastic tub to acclimate the new corals. If you like, you can empty the containers with the coral into separate tubs, however when we receive new corals, we tend to place them in the same tub.The purpose of this is to provide enough volume to add in water from the aquarium as well as prepare a pest control dip solution.
Step 3: Add 1/2 cup of Aquarium Water every few minutes
The slower you add the water the better. Corals and other invertebrates are sensitive to fluctuations in pH and especially salinity. Some aquarists prefer drip acclimating corals making this process even more gradual, but one should consider the temperature drop-off that occurs during this time as well. The entire acclimation process should not take more than 30 minutes.
Step 4 (optional): Pest Control Dip
We advocate using pest control dips to reduce the risk of hitchhikers and parasites making it into your aquariums.We dip our corals often, even when moving corals between systems, but there is no guarantee that the threat is eliminated. The two types of dip used most often is Coral Rx for pests such as flatworms and nudibranchs an Lugol’s Iodine for bacterial infections.
Step 5: Release the specimen into the tank
Find a suitable location where the new coral will receive the appropriate flow and lower light. It will need a few days to adjust to the new lighting.If you have access to a quarantine system, we recommend using the above method to first acclimate the new arrival. After the quarantine period is over, repeat the procedure to introduce the specimen into the display tank.
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Some live corals produce excess slime when shipped. After the acclimation procedure is followed, hold the coral by the rock or skeletal base and gently shake the coral in the shipping bag before placing into the aquarium. To avoid damage, please remember never to touch the "fleshy" part of a live coral. Many species of coral will not open for several days after introduction into their new home. Please allow several days for the coral to adapt to the new conditions in the aquarium
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