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Old 06-12-2011, 03:46 AM   #1
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Help With Acclimation!

Guys I need a quick lesson

So I'm doing the drip method (pour contents of bag, drip till double, remove, repeat etc..

How do I match the temperature in the bucket to my tank? I tried doing it and the fish was doing fine but once he hit the tank kapew he's on the bottom. I'm hoping he doesnt die because of this but if this is because of a change in temperature what can I do?

Do I just put a heater in the bucket with him as well? Please help
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How long did you acclimate him? I usually do it for an hour minimum, 3 or so drips per second and dumping out half as you said. If the room is room temperature or hotter and the water keeps dripping it a steady rate I don't think you need a heater. Unless you were acclimating him in the Arctic the temperature shock couldn't be too significant.

There is definitely another problem if he is gasping, but if he is just hiding on the bottom should be fine. Some fish go sideways against the bottom when newly introduced, though I can't say for sure this is why.
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You do not want to acclimate for more then an hour.
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I shouldn't have said minimum. I usually do about an hour, less for corals though. I'm too impatient for any thing more than an hour :P
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why not more than a hour?
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:34 AM   #6
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if done properly i believe it takes longer than an hour (actually it depends on what volume of water u began with, the more water the longer it takes?). drip acclimating my ottos took longer than 3 hours. thanks to that, they are all still alive after 1 month (touch wood). for me i believe patiences play an important part in success in this hobby.

im sure ur fish will be fine all the best
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Thank you everyone for the replies, Yes I acclimated him for about 2 hours (sebae clownfish) because I was doubling the water etc probably 3 times and setting up his skimmer.

I was just wondering what might have caused him to go to the tank bottom and just sit/lay there? He never really laid to his side but still...

It is morning now and he seems to be doing really well I would just like to know the correct way to make sure my next friend doesn't go through the same thing
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Thank you everyone for the replies, Yes I acclimated him for about 2 hours (sebae clownfish) because I was doubling the water etc probably 3 times and setting up his skimmer.

I was just wondering what might have caused him to go to the tank bottom and just sit/lay there? He never really laid to his side but still...

It is morning now and he seems to be doing really well I would just like to know the correct way to make sure my next friend doesn't go through the same thing
I think it's normal to find new fish to hide near the bottom of their new home as they are foreigners. I wouldn't worry too much.
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He was the first fish okay thank you I will just continue to acclimate correctly, I just hope the next one doesnt go into stasis like this one
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He was the first fish okay thank you I will just continue to acclimate correctly, I just hope the next one doesnt go into stasis like this one
Ya drip acclimation is the way to go! good luck with Ur future stock!!
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