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Old 04-11-2004, 10:58 PM   #1
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Acclimation of star fish

I am going to order my star fish this week. I know I need to drip him for 6-8 hours. How can I do it this slow? I have never drip acclimated before. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. ( Oh, it is an orange linkia) TIA!
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Just use a piece of air line hosing and tie a knot in it so it drips very slow. Over the course of a few hours loosen the knot so it drips faster.
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Old 04-12-2004, 05:21 AM   #3
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Don't want to hijack your thread but, How do you keep the water in the bag or other vessel your using at the proper temp when dripping for that long ??

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A small heater is the easiest way to keep the water in the bucket warm during drip acclimation, imo.
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well when i drip fish i drip them for 2 hours. i do not flote them for 30 before i start the drip but rather after. i am putting water at the tank temp in there slowly so it will rase the temp of the water that has the fish vary slowly.
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I use a 5 gallon bucket that I fll with water and a heater before I get whatever I'm acclimating. Then when I get home I float the bag in the bucket w/ heater for 20 minutes and then start drip acclimating from there.
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I use the creature keepers by lees. They hang on my sump and I run a drip line with a valve on it. Start the siphon and adjust the valve to your prefered drops per second. I keep the base of the container underwater and it keeps the temp stable. When the water level in the container gets up to the top I pour off 1/2 of the water. See pic below.
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I am wondering if a knot will be enough to control the flow. How fast should it drip to last 6 hours? How many drops per second? I will put the bag in a bucket and I anticipate the water will fill up the bag and then spill over into the bucket. Is this what you do?
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Oh, I live in Phoenix, so the heater is not necessary, I have never had one in my tank! I do have a chiller though.
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Old 04-13-2004, 11:18 AM   #10
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You can also use a strong clothes peg or other spring loaded clamping device.

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