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Old 10-25-2007, 11:10 AM   #1
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Acclimating soft corals to my tank

What's the best way to do this? I'm thinking about a leather, and some polyps...

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Some people drip acclimate them to the water already in the tank. I like to let it set in the tank for 30 minutes and then add about a 1/2 cup of SW from the tank to the bag every 20 minutes. After about 2 1/2 hours I remove and place in the tank.
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I second the above method. I have used this meathod for a while and have nover lost a coral or fish during aclimation. I also leave the lights off during aclimation for both fish and corals.
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Cool, thanks. No different to fish/inverts then really!

I just read something about shaking them upside down to remove excess mucus etc. before adding?
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Cool, thanks. No different to fish/inverts then really!

I just read something about shaking them upside down to remove excess mucus etc. before adding?
There should be a little difference. Corals should take more time than fish as they need more acclimation. I`ve never heard of the shaking upside down part. I`m not saying it`s wrong just never heard that.
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I don't "shake", but I do "lightly" swish around the coral to get any debris and mucous off it before it goes in the tank. I also drip acclimate, just like my fish - but usually for a longer period. Since the corals don't need the oxygen levels like fish, they can spend a little longer acclimating - assuming the temperature stays constant. All depends on how different the LFS's water is from mine.
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I too drip acclimate and then swich the coral in the bucket or rinse it in tank water before placing it in the tank. Some corals do have a lot of mucous or other debris on them.
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Some corals do have a lot of mucous or other debris on them.
I guess leathers would be good examples of this. Also soft corals like colt corals.
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