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Old 04-28-2004, 08:30 PM   #11
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The gradual addition of your tank water over 2 hours will make the transition from the LFS water to yours easier. I acclimate all my fish and inverts this way. And you can just very carefully pour him out of the bag and into the bucket. Good luck!
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Old 04-28-2004, 08:37 PM   #12
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Thanks!

I've got 2 choices for the "bucket":-

1. 5 gallon plastic tank that I use for storing mixed saltwater ready for waterchanges.

2. 15 gallon glass tank that's my QT/hospital tank, and has been used over the past couple of weeks for storing/mixing saltwater, but from now on will be used just as a QT/hospital tank.

I'd prefer to use the smaller one, will it be ok with a) It having saltwater mixed in it just a day before and b) It will be used again in a week to store some more saltwater in. Is it ok to put my shrimp in there while he acclimiatises, with there just been some saltwater in it ealier and with it being used every week for storing saltwater?

Can I just rinse it out before and after I put him in?
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Old 04-28-2004, 08:45 PM   #13
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You should be fine using the 5 gallon plastic tank. Just rinse it with some RO water before and after the acclimation.
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Does it have to be RO water I rinse it with, if I also dry it after? Dont have any spare RO water at the mo :p
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Yeah, just tap water should be ok to rinse it with.
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He's just acclimatising at the mo

I'm thinking of adding another one (same size, quite small) on Sunday - is that ok? I read they're less reclusive if there are 2 of them, but is it ok to put another one in (from the same tank at the dealers) but not at the same time?
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:32 PM   #17
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No, they don't really effect your tank in terms of bioload and as long as your levels are good, you should be fine to go ahead and add the shrimp... just do at least a 2 hour drip acclimation. You don't have to feed them directly... they will snag some food on their own when you feed the fish as well as scavenging for leftovers.


Does this apply to all shrimp? I was thinking about adding a peppermint or 2, but haven't decided yet.
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Can I add another cleaner shrimp in a few days then?
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Skipper: Inverts in general don't really add to your bioload in any significant way. In fact, they help decrease the bioload stresses because they are consuming leftover food and such.

Mark: Again, as long as your levels are fine, you should be ok adding a second cleaner.
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