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Old 08-04-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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Acclimation/ in refugium

Ok so seeing as I have the Emp Angel coming tomorrow I need to know two things, acclimation and if I can keep him in the refugium for a week or so to get him eating good before I put him in with my aggressive Wrasse. The third section houses nothing but the return pump so if I put a piece of live rock or two in there, could I keep the Emp angel in there for a week or two just so it will get acclimated real well and eating first?

As for acclimation I just take a piece of real small tubing and let the water sort of drain into the Emps water right?

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Old 08-04-2009, 03:59 PM   #2
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It would be best to put him in a QT for a week or two then you accomplish what you want and ensure your not introducing something else into your DT that could be adverse
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Problem is, if he has any illness it will infect the entire tank.
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QT needs to be longer than 2 weeks to be effective. 3 weeks minimum. I prefer 4 or longer of observed disease free fishy
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I was just getting ready to say that the purpose of the QT is to observe the fish and that will be hard to do in the refuge. JMO
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:51 PM   #7
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Sounds like a plan to me, I didn't even think of that. Ok so all I need really is some sort of HOB little filter, maybe a 20 gallon tank and I can just do a water change on my big tank and use that water for the QT? Of course monitor the nitrates and stuff.

This sounds good right?
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The water won't have your beneficial bacteria. The point in the drip is to acclimate the fish to the change in parameters from the LFS to your QT.
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The water won't have your beneficial bacteria. The point in the drip is to acclimate the fish to the change in parameters from the LFS to your QT.
Yes I realize that so your fish won't be shocked if you just throw him in the new tank, it could be a different temp from what saltwaterfish.com water was and of course the salinity could be different, too. I do realize what the drip acclimation is for. I will just switch the water over from my big tank to the QT and use it for the acclimation process.

I was just saying in regards to the QT I don't have one setup, so to prevent any kind of cycle I could use water from my big tank that's established already for the QT. I had just wondered if this would be ok?

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The water does not have the biological filtration that your media/sand/rock does, so you would probably see a cycle. You can use that media in the HOB you speak of for the bio-filtration.
Using the water from your DT will be ok, but you want to make sure you still drip acclimate. You can tie the airline tube in a loose "knot" and adjust the drip by making the knot tighter or more loose. I like to do about 2-3 drips per second. I use a ball valve on the end of my tube....
Sorry if I didn't seem clear before.
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