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Old 05-13-2010, 08:03 AM   #11
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Hi folks, I did acclimate them and as I was netting him into the tank from the bag, he jumped from the net out!

The way the store told me to acclimate was:
- place bag in tank (closed) and let sit for 15min
- open bag and place a 1/2 cup of may tank water in bag, let sit for 15min
- place another 1/2 cup of my tank water in bag, let sit for 15 min
- net out of bag and place in tank (do not put bag water in tank)
- turn off lights for 24 hours.

thoughts?
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To confirm I did acclimate him accoding to the instructions of the store. Those were:
- let bag float in tank for 15min
- put a 1/2 cup of my tank water in bag for 15min
- put another 1/2 cup of my tank water in bag for 15min
- net out the fish into tank (not allowing any water from bag to enter the tank
- shut off lights for 24 hours

Does this sound reasonable?
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:24 AM   #13
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That sounds fine for a damsel (clown).

Other delicate fish (including sea stars) will need the process done much more gradually.

How's he/she going?
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:32 AM   #14
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Woke up and they are doing great. I noticed they only stood in one spot and this morning they are in another area of the tank.

I am hopefull! (and nervous). The store said next week I can put a cleaning crew in.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:39 AM   #15
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I'm not a saltwater keeper...but I did have a goldfish when I was younger that constantly jumped from my tank during the night. I'd find him/her in the morning, dried to the point that it was sticky or completely dry, and place it back in the tank. This went on for years with no damage to the fish.
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Quick Question on Feeding. The pet store said feed these two clown fish twice a day! Morning an night, does this sound excessive? I thought you feed something like 3x's a week?
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:19 PM   #17
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Okay, there is no need to keep the bag closed while floating it to bring the bag to AQ temp. Second I would drip acclimate by either using a tank valve or just tying two knots in the 1/4" drip line and ajust for 1 or 2 drips a second.. Third, feeding 2x is excessive. Feed them and watch how much they eat and judge from there how much they can eat in 5 mins. #4. clowns will blow your mind as to how they swim. They are just so much fun to watch.
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Clowns. Stupid. NEVER!!
I rekon clowns are the dorks of salt water aquaria!
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:51 AM   #20
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One more quick questions folks. The Hydrometer measures the level of salt in the water. Mine (which is new) does not have any reading. The hand it totally off the charts. Do yout think its broke? Surely if it was working if would give me some sort of a reading? Mine is this one below and the arm is point straight up where the water come in?

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