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Old 01-06-2014, 06:58 PM   #31
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How do you do the drip method?

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Old 01-06-2014, 09:45 PM   #32
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The drip method is the one preferred by most modern aquarists. It not only allows your fish to get used to the temperature of your tank, but also adjusts them to the pH, hardness, and numerous other water parameters. It is easy to do and only takes about 30 minutes to an two hours depending on the speed of dripping.



As the name implies the drip method of acclimation, or drip acclimation, introduces aquarium water at a controlled rate of mere droplets per second. This precision control greatly minimizes stress on new arrivals. Drip acclimation generally involves a siphon device and a method of regulating aquarium water entering the container housing new arrivals. Aquarium water is introduced at a rate of about 2-4 drips per second. Until the recent past, drip acclimation devices were handmade and employed mostly by experienced reef aquarium hobbyists. However, this "advanced" technique of acclimation can be enjoyed by hobbyist of all levels thanks to the availability of convenient, commercial drip acclimation devices.

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Old 01-06-2014, 09:48 PM   #33
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Put the fish with all the bag water in a bucket or container of sufficient size for the fish to be reasonably covered with the water.

Set the bucket on the floor next to the aquarium you will be placing the fish into when done.
Using some plastic air line tubing and an air gang value, set up and run a siphon drip line from the aquarium you will be placing the fish into, to the bucket.

Start the siphon and slowly allow the tank water to drip into the bucket, using the gang air valve to adjust the drip rate.

When the water dripped into the bucket equals about two to three times the volume of the bag water you started with. If you want you can test the pH, salinity and temperature of the bag water to see if these parameters match that of your tank water at this point to check if acclimation is complete.

Gently remove the fish and place it into the same tank the dripped in water came from.

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Old 01-06-2014, 10:06 PM   #34
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Oh okay so like a regular siphon but the gang valve for air tubing would be too small wouldn't it

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Old 01-06-2014, 10:08 PM   #35
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I have no idea. You can buy a kit for it pretty cheap at your lfs. Some guy got one for $3 cause its basically tubing with an air valve to control the rate of drip.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:17 PM   #36
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I looked it up and I get it now where do you get one of those things that you control the flow with

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I haven't actually gotten one, but it would probably be in a local fish store near you, or you can buy it online.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:49 PM   #38
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What do you use instead?

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Old 01-06-2014, 10:54 PM   #39
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I haven't set up my tank yet! I'm buying the live rock and water tomorrow

I'm planning to use that method when I buy my fish a month from now haha
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:47 PM   #40
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Ohh haha I just started my cycle so excited to get something in there

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