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Old 10-31-2012, 10:43 AM   #1
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Ricordea placement

Just ordered one and am wondering the optimal place to put it. I've read the sand bed or somewhere low with low-moderate light and moderate flow.

Also, do they self acclimate or should I drip him?

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Old 10-31-2012, 12:16 PM   #2
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I have mine on a rock mid tank, but most of my coral are moderate light and flow. Depends what you,have in the tank and how strong your lights are. Also, I think they prefer to attach to,rock, but in Florida you can't sell them attached to,a rock. Weird, but apparently true...

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Old 10-31-2012, 12:33 PM   #3
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Mine does well on sand bed low light in a shaded area with moderate flow! You will find the spot and it will be happy!
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:43 PM   #4
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Cool thanks for the info. I'm getting it tomorrow so I'll put him in and try a low spot that doesn't get a lot of flow. As for acclimation should I drip him or do they self acclimate like the zoos?

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No corals "self acclimate", including zoas.... they should all be dripped & dipped (except sponges). Technically, they should be quarantined as well if they were kept in a tank with fish to prevent introducing ich (or anything else) to the DT.

I have 6 ricordeas around the front perimeter of my tank, down on the sand bed. They came on frag plugs, so I just left them on & stuck them partially down in the sand, and they are doing great....
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:55 PM   #6
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I float mine and add a little bit of water a couple times then dip them for 3 mins in the water they are in then rinse them in a cup of tank water not in tank! Then place them in. I use seachem coral dip there are many out there.follow instruction on bottle .
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:07 AM   #7
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Ok I'll float then drip. I don't have any coral dip so I'll go to the store tomorrow and get some.

There weren't any fish in with this one that I know of (reefs 2 go?). Either way qt is a no go anyway I had to use it for copper treatment a few months ago.

I thought the acclimation advice I got from my lfs about the zoas was bogus - he said float for temp and put in and the polyps will just open up as they become acclimated- fortunately they're doing good.

Haven't heard about corals bringing in ich or anything like that but i guess it seems plausible.

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Definitely dip your corals. I got a batch of corals that I put directly in my tank and forgot to dip and got lazy and decided not to do it and a week later I found one of one zoa frag wasn't happy and I found a nudibranch on it. I dipped the corals which I should have done in the first place.
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With reefs 2 go, you're probably OK with not QT'ing, but definitely float for temp, drip acclimate, then dip. Doesn't matter the source of the coral, even if it's from a friend's tank that you know to be in good shape, always follow the same procedure (especially the dip).

And anything that's been in a tank with fish can bring ich spores into your tank.... corals, snails, crabs, rock, sand, etc.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:48 AM   #10
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Ok so I got it yesterday and dripped him after floating then did the dip and sure enough as soon as I put it in the water two critters darted off the frag I'm pretty sure one was an amphipod but I have no idea what the other was and I def didn't see it while doing a visual inspection. Only one day later and it appears to be happy so fingers crossed.

Thanks for the advice on the dip I am definitely a believer now!

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