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Old 03-29-2012, 06:28 PM   #31
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There was a good article in TFH recently about drip acclimating. I had always used about 2 drips per second, too, but this article indicated that was way too slow.
Author Jay Hemdal states that it should be called flow, rather than drip acclimation.
Quoting from the article: "If one were to set up a drip line at one drop of water per second (as many home aquarists have assumed would be an appropriate rate), it would take 50 hours to equilibriate the difference in water parameters between 1/4 gallon of shipping water and the receiving tank to within 90 percent of each other".
He then goes on to state that a flowrate of a milliliter per second would reach 90% equilibrium in 2.5 hours.
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Ok, so I have been dripping for like 4 hours and parameters on the receiving end are still no where near the DT. I guess the drip is set too slow.

Also, settled the DOA issue with aquacon with little hassle. They will send me 6 new peps with my next order. I asked if I could apply the credit to a different product, and they said that their policy is just straight up replacement. While it is not ideal for me, I can understand the policy.

The irony of this all is that this whole order started when I was thinking about controlling Aiptasia with peps, and that is the one thing that arrives dead! Oh well, I went the the lfs and shelled out $7 a piece for 6 replacements....

Not having dealt with other companies, I would recommend aquacon to anyone. Their customer service was fine, and got a lot of critters for the money.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:32 PM   #33
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There was a good article in TFH recently about drip acclimating. I had always used about 2 drips per second, too, but this article indicated that was way too slow.
Author Jay Hemdal states that it should be called flow, rather than drip acclimation.
Quoting from the article: "If one were to set up a drip line at one drop of water per second (as many home aquarists have assumed would be an appropriate rate), it would take 50 hours to equilibriate the difference in water parameters between 1/4 gallon of shipping water and the receiving tank to within 90 percent of each other".
He then goes on to state that a flowrate of a milliliter per second would reach 90% equilibrium in 2.5 hours.
Thanks for that info. I think I saw my cleaner shrimp tapping their fingers out of boredom. I'm gonna go turn up the flow a little. What is TFH? A magazine? Website?
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Shame about the peps. I've aldo heard good things about berghia nudibranches.
If you use a liquid test kit with a 5 ml test tube, check your flow rate by counting how long it takes to fill a test tube to the 5 ml line. If it takes more than 5 seconds, probably too slow.
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TFH is Tropical Fish Hobbyist. Sorry, I should have been more specific.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:42 PM   #36
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Shame about the peps. I've aldo heard good things about berghia nudibranches.
If you use a liquid test kit with a 5 ml test tube, check your flow rate by counting how long it takes to fill a test tube to the 5 ml line. If it takes more than 5 seconds, probably too slow.
Lol, that is exactly what I did....only thing I could think of that would measure ml easily. I read ur post right as I was doing it. Thanks again for the tip. Regarding the nudis, I have read about them as well. We'll see how the peps do before buying a $25 one inch slug.lol
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TFH is Tropical Fish Hobbyist. Sorry, I should have been more specific.
Had a feeling it was a magazine. If I was more experienced I probably woulda known that acronym.....lol, still getting used to lfs, DT, QT, LS, LR
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There is an acronym guide under FAQ's for this forum. Also, was just doing some looking and found that saltyunderground has berghia for 9.49 each plus shipping. Cheapest place I could find them. Still more than a peppermint, but they are obligate aiptasia eaters. And once they've cleared the tank, you could resell them to friends.
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So, does anyone know how to tell if my royal starfish is dead? It is still in the same place where I put it last night. I was hoping it would be out of sight cause they are supposed to borrow in the substrate I thought. It still has its color, and does not smell bad. I already read about some things via google search. The star is not supple. It is pretty stiff. But, it was kinda like that when it arrived yesterday.

I dunno...maybe it will move when the lights come on. Can anyone provide their insight or experience?
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I thought my starfosh had died one time and I just went in and tried to move it. Kinda like poking it with a stick gently to see if it moves at all.
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