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Old 06-30-2007, 05:21 PM   #1
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Drip acclimation

I've seen several people on here discussing this, and while we have no plans to buy ant fish at this point, I am curious about how to do this for future purchases. Any help is greatly appreciated,

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Old 06-30-2007, 05:27 PM   #2
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Mainly a SW term. Not required for Fresh water fish.
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It is a common acclimation process for FW species.
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Thanks for the article fishyfinatic, that helped a bunch.

ezy33, would there be any negatives to acclimating a fw fish in this manner? I would think that a less amount of time would be required, but I dont see any harm. I only ask, because this is all new to me, and want to make sure the fish get the best care possible...
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np Papa. It is a very detailed article compared to others that I have seen that say "tie a knot in air tubing and drip from tank."

No, there are no negatives to acclimating fw fish using the drip method. Some actually think it is better than the other method of floating and adding cups of water. It's a more gradual method of acclimation. If you are going to be adding fish that have quite a bit of a different water chemistry (ie going from 6.5 pH to 8.0 pH) it is preferred.
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You are trying to acclimate your fish to it's new environment by slowly changing it's current one. Change = stress = susceptive to disease ans sickness.

That being the case, what can it hurt to change slowly?
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Agreed, but as stated, you don't need to go as slow as you would for SW fish. I typically drip for about 45 minutes.

Also, an airline tubing adjustment valve works a lot easier than trying to tighten and loosen knots in the line to set the drip rate you want.
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Would an I.V. drip line work better than air tubing, given the adjustment devices already built in? The reason I ask is I can get my hands on an I.V. setup for next to nothing.

I appreciate the help and quick responses.

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I.V. Drip line is a perfect solution.
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