How come in the wild corals will come out of the water for hours at low tide and get rained on, yet I have to acclimate them for hours?
Those wild corals are going back into the water they were out of for a short period of time. The corals you're placing in your tank has come from different water. Long acclimations like that reduce the possibility of shock just in case there's a significant difference between the tank it came out of and the tank it's going into. It's just a preventative measure. I too have taken coral and just moved them from one tank to another without any acclimation without any negative effects. However, I also know the water chemistry between these different tanks are the same. You've been lucky to have had good sources for coral.
BTW...nothing wrong with having a snowflake eel. Wanna know what's really cool with them if done properly...heehee and if kept in a reef setting...
I have a customer who has skunk cleaner shrimp in her tank prior to getting a snowflake eel. The eel opens his mouth for the shrimp to clean
Just like out in the wild. Pretty neat, but I do believe the shrimp must be a resident of the tank and well established first or the eel may see the shrimp more as food than a helping 'claw'.
We, as a people, know so much more about outer space than we do about our own oceans. This lack of knowledge can very well spell the dangers that lay in wait for us.
The oceans surely would swallow us before a rock comes down to smite the planet of it's life.