Acclimation Package Includes:
Drip Method Instructions
Turn off aquarium lights and keep them off for a few hours after introduction of your livestock.
Dim lights in room of acclimation.
In dim light, open the boxes and make sure that all animals have arrived safely and are alive
Separate fish, inverts and corals into their own groups.
Do not acclimate any of these 3 groups together as water parameters are likely different in the bags
Temperature acclimate the livestock by floating the bags in the tank for around 15 minutes.
The Styrofoam box sent with your order can be used as the acclimation container. If more containers are needed, buckets can be used so long as they are sterile.
Remove first group of animals and place them into the Styrofoam container. Cut open the tops of each bag and empty water gently into the Styrofoam container.
Make sure all animals are fully submerged in the water. If there is not enough water to submerge the livestock, prop the container up so that it is tilting to one side enough that the livestock is fully covered with water.
The level of the water should not be more than half way up the Styrofoam container; if it is, you may dispose of some of the water.
Cover the top of the Styrofoam container with something so that fish don’t jump out. This will also reduce their stress from moving outside the box, as well as reduce light. The lid that comes with the Styrofoam container can used to cover the top.
Place one end of your drip line in the suction cup on the top or front of the aquarium so that is is submerged.
Open the valve included on the drip line and begin a siphon by sucking on the end you will be placing into one of the Styrofoam container.
Adjust the valve so that a good flow rate of 2-4 drops per second. Adjust the flow so that the water volume in the Styrofoam container doubles in 30 to 60 mins. Be cautious not to fill the container too quickly, is this will stress the livestock severely.
Once water volume in the Styrofoam container doubles, dispose of half the water from and then repeat the drip process.
Repeat this process one to two additional times. It is best to use a refractometer and testing kits/equipment to match the salinity and pH.
Once parameters in the Styrofoam container are matched with your aquarium, net each fish at a time and gently place them into the tank. Netting the fish individually will help prevent scratches or wounds.