Tips For Acclimating Marine Organisms

Animal Attraction beleives that successfully keeping marine life should never rely on secrets or tricks. We are always happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us via email or with a phone call! Here are some tips to ensure your animals acclimate to their new tank:

Most Fishes
Float the fish bag, leaving it closed, for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will adjust the water temperature inside the bag. Open the bag and begin adding small amounts of aquarium water. Add about 2 to 3 ounces of water to the fish bag every 3 to 5 minutes for about 20 to 30 minutes. Finally, remove the fish from the bag, using a net if possible, and place them in the aquarium. 
After following the above acclimatizing procedure, most saltwater fishes can receive a freshwater dip before being placed in the aquarium. Make sure not to get any pet store water from the bag into the aquarium. This is a good practice for reducing and preventing cross contamination.

Freshwater Dips
Many saltwater fish can tolerate a freshwater dip for 10 to 20 seconds before entering your aquarium. This proceedure will help weaken any bacterial infections, and can also knock parasites off the fish. Be sure to contact us or ask in the store about which fish are safe or not safe to give freshwater dips. 

1. Make sure the freshwater temperature matches that of the aquarium's.
2. Dechlorinate the freshwater and adjust the P.H. up to a level of 8.1 to 8.3. Be aware that a P.H. buffer may be required to attain the proper P.H. levels.
3. Dip the fish in the freshwater for 10 to 20 seconds immediately before placing the fish in the aquarium.  
Note: Medicinal solutions can be added to the freshwater or the fish bag. These can help protect your aquarium from bacterial or parasitic infections. 

Never Freshwater Dip the Following Animals: Shrimp, snails, crabs, starfish, anemones, lion fishes, mandarin gobies, scooter blennies, pufferfishes, boxfishes, eels, sea cucumbers, nudibranches, corals, urchins, and most corals. We recommend you ask about each specimen you are planning to freshwater dip before actually doing so.

Acclimating Invertebrates

Follow the same instructions for acclimatizing fishes, but never add any medicinal solution to the bag and do not perform any freshwater dips on inverts. Most inverts require a longer period of time adjusting to the salinity in the bag. Spend more time adding aquarium water to the bag that the invertebrates are in.

Note: Shrimp, starfish, snails, crabs, anemones, and most corals should take at least 1 hour, and even up to 2, to acclimate. Add small amounts of water to the invert or coral bag every five minutes for at least 1 hour. 

Slow acclimation can be achieved by slow dripping aquarium water from the aquarium into the bag containing the invertebrate. A section of airling tubing and an airline valve can be used to perform the slow drip method. Ask Animal Attraction for further instruction if needed. 

Placement of Corals
One acclimated and in the aquarium, place the coral lower in the tank so that it can adjust to strong lighting slowly. Make sure the corals are placed in an area with low to medium water flow. Initial strong water currents and intense light may stress a new coral. Take your time to research each specimen of coral and plan a final destination within the aquairum suited to that coral. Spend 4 or 5 days slowly moving the coral up toward the stronger light and its final destination.  

Placement of Anemones
Follow the same practice for acclimating corals.