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Old 01-22-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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how do you drop acclimate

Ok I know saltwater fish need to be acclimated different than fresh water. I have a suction cup for airline. I have air line and a small gang valve. How do you drop acclimate . I get you put the fish and water in a container and set the water dripping into the container from the tank. How long? And then my tank will be low on water do I put bucket water in my tank to fill it up or just run it low until water change time
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:05 AM   #2
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Its drip acclimate* and you need water dripping from the tank to the new fish's bag at about 1 drop per second. I wouldnt reuse the water because it is mixed with the water that the fish store used so i just throw it out. I usually acclimate for an hour or an hour and a half
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Yeah I know its drip when I type it my phone corrects drip to drop lol
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:08 AM   #4
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So I don't take it out of the bag?
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I do a drip about a hour hour and a half tops
I also use a 1 gal pail put the bag in pail so when it overflows it goes in pail not on floor
than I dump the bag into pail so I can scoop up the fish and add to my tank in a net
dump pail out in sink than add plain RO water to tank to replace water I drained to acclimate
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:48 AM   #6
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If you fill with ro to replace what you took out doesn't that lower the salinity?
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that little bit will be ok
its only about a half gallon
you'll see almost no change
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Ooh ok I want sure if that would affect the salt level or not
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it will change but not enough to notice it
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:09 AM   #10
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Ok cool it will be a long time before I can get fish. Just doing research.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:12 AM   #11
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I just put the bag in the water to match the temp. Turn the lights on low. Catch a fish in a bet and drop in. My parameters are good. Fish is healthy and why stress out even more. Just drop and put a little prime In the sump. A lot of people do all this work and I think it stresses the fish out more. I just don't add water from other sources, just in case.
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I just put the bag in the water to match the temp. Turn the lights on low. Catch a fish in a bet and drop in. My parameters are good. Fish is healthy and why stress out even more. Just drop and put a little prime In the sump. A lot of people do all this work and I think it stresses the fish out more. I just don't add water from other sources, just in case.
What if the bag water has different parameters than your tank water won't that kill the fish?
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I just put the bag in the water to match the temp. Turn the lights on low. Catch a fish in a bet and drop in. My parameters are good. Fish is healthy and why stress out even more. Just drop and put a little prime In the sump. A lot of people do all this work and I think it stresses the fish out more. I just don't add water from other sources, just in case.
very seldom will the water from the bag match yours
that is why you drip acclimate
ph difference
salinity
alkalinity
temp
ect
just soaking the bag and plopping a fish in can add more stress than a drip
the drip gives the fish time to get used to the new water
you will find your fish to be healthier and less likely to encounter ick with this method
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I don't even just drop my freshwater fish in.
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Yea, because fish enjoy living in bags for time and they do it in the wild. I'm sure u know what stress an animal that swims 24/7.
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Anyways... Thanks for the help everyone
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