I have always been pretty careful with aclimation. The bags will generally float anywhere from 1/2 hour to 2 hours before I open them and begin to let a bit of water in every so often until the bag is full then releasing them. Prior to the past couple months where there have been no (Or very few, don't have a way of actually counting every little crab) deaths the crabs would live for a week or so before perishing, some up to a month. Crab species attempted were many...
I think the longest living back then were the emerald crabs, which I can remember one living until he molted twice before perishing whcih I think was about 2 months. He was the one exception. Have had pom pom, scarlet, red and blue leg, arrow, and several kinds of shrimp.
I should have added that I plan on testing, in fact the ph/alk
tests are on my front door step right now along with several others. They were ordered at the same time as some live rock. I was not planning on never testing.
Thanks for the link, will read up. I thought the ca
was suppposed to be above 450 or above for optimal coral growth. The amounts of additional contents that have been going in were minor, but better safe than sorry.