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Old 09-03-2006, 02:31 AM   #1
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Acclimation for Inverts

Ok so my cycle is coming to an end and im gonna get 1 or 2 of those clean up crew invert packs from liveaquaria and was wondering what kind of acclimation is required for like snails hermits and stars .... i know when i got MTS for my FW i would just throw em in and they would be fine but im assuming its a little different for saltwater inverts .... and any advice on taking care of this specis is welcome also seeing as this is my first SW tank .. TIA

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I am going to warn you..do not get hermits and mix them with snails!!!

I had a large hermit and he ate a baby trigger, shrimp, 20 snails, emerald crab..all in a week.
Also, my tiny tiny blue and brown legged crabs (1/4 inch) gang up on my snails and take their shells too!!!
So all I can say is..I am CRABLESS forever. I don't even bother with them.

If I were you I would suggest different kinds of snails, brittle starfish (in awhile when your tank is a bit old)


I once I didn't drip water from my tank into the baggie from the LFS and a few snails must have died from shock. Make sure to be patient when acclimating so that the temp AND salinity can even out.


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smaller species of reef hermits are generally safe, like the scarlet or blue-leg. There are other larger species of hermits that are not safe in a reef tank. Ordering a clean up crew package should ensure you get the correct species.

Acclimation for inverts can be tricky as they are sensitive to varying water conditions. I use a 2 hour drip acclimation with mine.
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Could you explain this drip acclimation .... ive heard of it but never done it ... i use a diff one for FW where i take out water out of the bag and replace it with tank water over a period of time

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Could you explain this drip acclimation .... ive heard of it but never done it ... i use a diff one for FW where i take out water out of the bag and replace it with tank water over a period of time

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This should help

http://www.fantasyreef.com/showthread.php?t=851
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I drip my inverts for at least 2 hours, just to be safe.
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