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Old 03-26-2007, 11:07 AM   #1
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Do You Need To Acclimate a Coral?

Hey all,

I was under the understanding that everything needed to be acclimated, especially inverts.

I just purchased a rare coral from saltwaterfish.com, and their website says coral's do not need acclimation, and can just be dropped into your tank...

Is this true?

I e-mailed them, and they responded "You can acclimate the coral if you want to, but there is no need to"

Thanks for the help,

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I would say you need to acclimate corals. The water parameters from the store to shipping to your tank are probably way off. Personally, I don't keep corals, but when I do start, I plan on acclimating mine. Hopefully other's with experience can chime in.
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Old 03-26-2007, 11:24 AM   #3
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Wow, I've never heard NOT to acclimate them! I have drip acclimated all of my corals as most of them tend to be even more sensitive than fish. I just wouldn't take the chance personally.
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I never heard of that either. Corals are a living thing; and most are pretty sensitive. Considering they need certain types of care in order to survive; I would think that throwing them in an environment where water parameters, including temp, could be far off from where they came from could shock them, and therefore be detrimental to their health. I don't drip acclimate them as suggested by many. I float them in the tank and add water to the bag every 5-10 minutes for a couple hours. So far everything has worked out Ok.
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There are a few corals you can get by with temp acclimation. Other than that I usually drip for an hour depending on what it is.
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I only float to equalize temperature. After that, I cut the bag open and drop them into the aquarium.
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I only float to equalize temperature. After that, I cut the bag open and drop them into the aquarium.
Can I have a signed picture?

How is your coral farm coming along? Been following the thread...

::wayyy off topic...forgive me.::

(Guess it has to do with coral :P)
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How is your coral farm coming along? Been following the thread...
Slow but sure.
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I also drop the bag in to equalize the temp but I also after that remove some of the water and add tank water a few times for about an hour and then add to the tank. I dont drip acclimate my corals any more but I only have soft and LPS corals. And you cant get a signed pic till I do first Marc. LOL
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My friend and i have never acclimated corals and have never had a problem. I know people say you should, but until i have a problem i am just gonna put them right in like i always do. Everything is usually open within an hour also. I've never seen any adverse effects.
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