Originally Posted by NicoleIsStoked
After dripping them what do I do? I've heard something about dipping them. Is that necessary? And how to I place them in the tank? Can I touch them with my hands or do I use togs or a net? And do I just drop them in or anchor them somehow? Should I turn off the lights for a while after acclimation? How long?
Sorry for seemingly stupid questions but I'm all new to this.
On another note, a friend gave me a Kenya tree frag several weeks ago which I temp matched and then literally dropped into my big FOWLR
tank. The lights are crappy normal fluorescents and I'm sure the nitrates are higher than they should be. And there's hardly any flow. And I found in hiding under a piece of live rock and its doubled in size!
I'm going to move it into the 29 tonight!
a sudden large change in salinity can harm the corals. That's why its by far best to drip acclimate them. You can do something like removing and replacing small amounts of water with a turkey baster.
A dip is highly recommended. I would say it's absolutely necessary for hard corals but you can get away without dipping the softies.
You can touch the corals with your hands just be sure to wash them after (especially if you buy zoanthids or palythoas)
The corals should be attached to either frag disk or piece of live rock. You can just anchor them wherever.
I would start them off at the bottom of your tank and slowly move them higher and higher in the tank until they are at the spot you want them to be. Also, turning the lights off during acclimation is a good idea.
I would give them an hour or 2 of dark after they are acclimated and placed in the tank to let them adjust.
A lot of people don't like kenya trees because they grow soo fast but I love mine. Mine has about tripled in size since I bought it.