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A tremendous amount of time and effort stretching across the globe has gone into bringing these living works of art into your home, so please take the time to read and use the Acclimation Procedure on this website. We cannot stress enough how important it is that you follow the Saltwaterfish.com Acclimation Drip Method. If up to this point you've only been semi-successful in keeping marine life, it is very likely that you aren't using the correct Acclimation Procedure. Your success will increase 100 fold if you take the proper amount of time to introduce these wonderful animals into your tank by using the Saltwaterfish.com Drip Method.
If you follow Saltwaterfish.com's detailed Acclimation Procedure (below) you will find your success in keeping marine life will increase dramatically. This method allows for the fish, coral, or invertebrate to adjust to your aquarium parameters at a pace that is acceptable for that particular animal. The recommended acclimation time for every item Saltwaterfish.com offers is listed on the description page for that item. We want you to have a great experience with both Saltwaterfish.com and the hobby in general. Part of that great experience is making sure your animals acclimate properly for long term success. You are the vital final component to this long chain of getting your animals to your home. Please give it the dedication your animals deserve.
When transferring a fish or invertebrate from a bag into an aquarium, it is crucial to assimilate the two water conditions. We use and recommend the Drip Method. The suggestions to follow are guidelines and are to be adjusted by the aquarist for varying conditions. Please take the time to read through this material before getting started.
Tools needed: Styrofoam shipping or other sterile containers, Scissors, Airline tubing
Open your box, pull out the styrofoam container, and set aside all the contents.
Place the container near your aquarium making sure it is on a surface lower than your aquarium so that a siphon will be possible.
Use scissors to cut the top of the bag ¾ open. Holding the top of the bag and the bottom corner of the bag, gently pour the water and marine life from each bag into the container. *Tilt the container slightly to allow fish to swim freely.
Invertebrates should be acclimated the same way but in a separate container. Snails, Cleaner Clams, and Anemones are shipped with little to no water. They should be floated to temperature, and then drip acclimated. Anemones should always be acclimated separately. Corals should not be drip acclimated. They should be floated to temperature, and then carefully placed into the aquarium.
Using a piece of airline tubing about 8ft in length (you can always cut it down), take one end of the tubing and tie a simple knot leaving approximately 6 inches beyond the knot. At the other end of the tubing, use a rubber band to fasten a small piece of live rock or other small weight.
Use the blade of your scissors to cut a small hole about two inches from the top of your acclimation container. Be sure not to make the hole too big. It should allow the tubing to fit snug and not fall out during acclimation.
Thread the knotted end of the tubing through the acclimation container so the 6 inches are hanging through into the container and the knot sits right on the outside. Take the other end of the tubing that is now attached to a small piece of live rock, and place that end in your aquarium careful not to set it where it will suck up sand.
Now you will be ready to create the siphon. The easiest way is to pull out the knotted end, loosen up the knot, and suck air through the tubing until water starts to come out of your aquarium. Quickly tighten the knot and place the tubing back through the container as it was before.
Adjusting the knot will determine the flow rate. It should remain at a steady drip, but not a flow of water. Times for dripping can be found in the item description for each animal we offer. When the suggested time is up, net the marine animal out of the acclimation container and gently place it into the aquarium. Discard the water in the acclimation container.