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Old 03-09-2008, 01:03 AM   #11
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Just another answer to throw into the grab bag!

I do my corals the same as my fish: float closed bag in water for 5-10 minutes to equalize temperature, then drip acclimate in a small plastic tub for 30-45 minutes... perhaps 60 minutes, depending on the salinity of the water in the bag to start with. I will tend to rush corals I get at a LFS more than ones that have come mail order. With mail order, I figure the thing has been in the bag probably 18 hours already... what's another hour?

I don't quarantine my corals because while I know I should, my QT doesn't have adequate lighting and I don't want to stress the coral any more than it needs to be. No dips, just a gentle "swish" in the acclimation water before putting it in my main tank to get any debris, mucous, etc off.

Oh... overnight shipping, always.

[Edit: Also... to answer your question, "no" I've never had a coral die in transit. I would seriously doubt anyone has. They're not like fish. Death for a coral is often a long process. Any damage the coral receives during transit will probably not become apparent for many weeks. All my coral deaths have been due to clumsy snails/crabs, or incorrect placement by me and not correcting the problem in time. ]
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hey ziggy im in new york once i get rid of my two puffers and eel i will definitly buy some coral from you. im new to coral right now any advice on what i should have before getting the coral from you, thanks
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I tend to follow the same procedure as Ziggy. I immediatley open the bags and sit them in the tank, to allow temps to stabalize. Then after 15 or 20 minutes, I pour some tank water into the bag, dump some out when it gets full, and repeat. I don't QT my corals because my QT tank doesn't have a light on it, and I don't much think it's needed if you can give it a good inspection before you put it in the tank.

Never had a coral die in transit, but I have lost a head on my frogspawn from it. LPS corals are probably the hardest to ship because they have both the really sensitive fleshy tissue and a hard, usually sharp skeleton to lay against.

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I've had really good luck buying both from liveaquaria.com and reefhotspot.com
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I wish I could say I`ve never had a coral die in transit but I could not say that. Several yrs ago I ordered a yellow figi leather and a brain coral and both were dead when I got them. Dont know what happened but they were dead and falling apart. I dont QT my corals and depending on the coral and circumstances will dictate how I acclimate it. I`ve also ordered from my LFS since that order that ended up a tradedy.
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hey ziggy im in new york once i get rid of my two puffers and eel i will definitly buy some coral from you. im new to coral right now any advice on what i should have before getting the coral from you, thanks
Well the biggest need for any tank that you are going to put coral in is excellent water! You will need enough light to support the coral and you will need a good skimmer to keep the water clean. Having a sump with refugium helps as well. PM me with a run down of your tank and I will give you an idea of things to look at.
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Thank you for the responses. Exactly the answers I was looking for.
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