ACCLIMATION INSTRUCTIONS

Acclimation Steps:

Anytime you purchase livestock you want to make sure the transition from the bag to their new home is smooth and easy to assure the least amount of stress as possible. If this is done incorrectly you can easily increase the risk for injury stress or even death.

Whenever introducing marine life to a new environment please be aware that the water parameters are different from the parameters in which they are packaged in. with that being said it is important to let the livestock slowly adjust to the PH, Temperature, salinity etc to ensure the proper acclimation of your new tank friend. Below we have listed two common and popular methods to acclimate properly.

Most Recommended Method (Drip Method):

  1. Turn off your aquarium lights for 1-2 hours.exposure to bright lighting out of the box can cause much trauma and stress. Please be mindful of other lighting near tank that can add to the stress of your livestock.
  2. Float the bag in the tank for approximately 20 minutes to allow the temperature of the water in the bag to adjust to the temperature of your tank. do not cut open the bag until the temperature acclimation is done.
  3. Empty your livestock into a bucket or contaminant free container. Please make sure not to expose sensitive livestock to air. If there is not enough water in the bucket/container to submerge the livestock tip the bucket/container to a 45 degree angle. please note you will need to use something to wedge the bucket/container if necessary.
  4. To begin the acclimation process set up a siphon using airline tubing. Simply tie a knot in the airline tubing to fluctuate the drips per second (1-4 drips per second).
  5. Once the water triples or reaches past the half way mark of your bucket/container discard half of the water and repeat until it doubles again.
  6. Your New livestock is ready to be placed into the aquarium. Gorgonians, clams, and sponges are more sensitive to air, so should NEVER be exposed to air. In the case you are introducing one of these to your aquarium gently open the bag under water. There will be some water from the shipping bag that enters the aquarium but it s not a huge concern.
  7. Of course, when purchasing livestock it is good preparation to know the needs of your new tank mate before introducing to a new environment. All livestock reacts different in certain elements and conditions and will certainly do better with preparation for their needs.

Float Acclimation:

  1. Turn off your aquarium lights for 1-2 hours.exposure to bright lighting out of the box can cause much trauma and stress. Please be mindful of other lighting near tank that can add to the stress of your livestock.
  2. Float the bag in the tank for approximately 20 minutes to allow the temperature of the water in the bag to adjust to the temperature of your tank. do not cut open the bag until the temperature acclimation is done.
  3. Cut open the bag near the seal.
  4. Slowly pour 1/4 to 1/2 a cup(depending on bag size) of aquarium water into the bag every 5 minutes until the bag is full.
  5. Discard half of the water from the bag and repeat steps #4 and #5. Try your best NOT to add the shipment’s water into your aquarium.
  6. Once you have repeated steps 4 and 5 again, completely discard the water your livestock was acclimated in. Then add your livestock to your aquarium!