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Old 07-03-2011, 06:56 PM   #1
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If the water conditions are the same, do i still need to do the full acclimation?

I was just wondering as i am kind of new. But when I purchase a new specimen from the LFS and get home; if i test the water and the pH and salinity are the same, do I still need to go through all of the water acclimation steps (like slow drip) or can I just do the temperature acclimation part?
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:32 PM   #2
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the only live stock you need to really drip acclimate are shrimps, else a temp acclimation is all thats needed

its still never a bad thing to drip acclimate though, it eases whatever you'rte acclimating to the different water perameters
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I've only ever acclimated for temp. Nothing has died yet, not even shrimp.
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I've only ever acclimated for temp. Nothing has died yet, not even shrimp.
You are extremely lucky

If the differences in parameters isn't too extreme, a temp acclimation will suffice, but let's be honest, when it comes to sw livestock, the majority of lfs out there simply don't offer a refund/living guarantee....that being said, although a drip acclimation isn't really necessary, its a safeguard and stress reducer if you can get into the habit of doing it everytime, I'd suggest it

We invest a lot of money into our sw livestock, something as simple as a drip acclimation can help by reducing stress and therefore lowering the chances of sickness
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:46 PM   #5
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You are extremely lucky

If the differences in parameters isn't too extreme, a temp acclimation will suffice, but let's be honest, when it comes to sw livestock, the majority of lfs out there simply don't offer a refund/living guarantee....that being said, although a drip acclimation isn't really necessary, its a safeguard and stress reducer if you can get into the habit of doing it everytime, I'd suggest it

We invest a lot of money into our sw livestock, something as simple as a drip acclimation can help by reducing stress and therefore lowering the chances of sickness
Yeah, now I know to do that. I'd HATE to lose $30 because of stupidity.
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I wouldn't really say it was stupidity we all do it at some point, its just a good habit to have because like you said, itd suck to lose a 30 dollar fish because he wasn't acclimated properly
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i did it today with snaild and crabs, but then again i bought 3 snails and 3 crabs and i paid $10.50, i probably wasted more money in gas to get to the story then i paid to get the inverts :P
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I wouldn't think you need to acclimate hermits or snails. Most are less than a dollar lol
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for snails and crabs i just temp acclimate and drop them in
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