Don’t rush! Be patient in the during the acclimation process. It will take at least 20 - 30 minutes.
Your new fish is most likely stressed out
Keep the lights off for at least about four hours after the procedure.
Try dimming the lights in the room where your aquarium is. Bright lights will cause harmful stress to the fish.
If you see your fish is not moving or at the bottom of the plastic bag, try no to worry. Your new fish is most
like be stressed out. Once proper fish acclimation is finished, it will take awhile before they swim normally
around the aquarium.
Decide on anyone of these methods on how you would want to properly acclimate your new fish addition to
your saltwater aquarium.
Which ever one you decide to use, each one will help your new fish to adjust to the things that causes them
stress: lack of oxygen, drastic temperature and pH level differences and ammonia build up in the bag.
Cup Method - Option 1
This method is a gentle, safe and easy way to introduce your new fish to your home aquarium, and usually
takes less than an hour to complete.
This method provides re-oxygenation of the water in the bag and slowly introduces the fish to your aquarium’s
level of pH and other water chemistries.
You can use this method not only for fish acclimation but also for all other types of marine livestocks.
Open the bag. If full of packing water, pour about half of it and discard.
Place the bag inside your aquarium and secure to the top with any devise that can hold it still making sure that
no water from the bag gets into the aquarium or vice versa.
Scoop out about 1/2 cup of you aquarium water and pour it into the bag and wait 10 minutes.
Repeat this process.
You can test the temperature, salinity and pH level of the bag water to check if these parameters match your
aquarium. If they match, then the acclimation is complete. If not, continue steps 5 and 6.
Gently hand scoop, use a soft mesh net (you can usually get this from your local fish store), or use a small
perforated container to lift the fish out of the bag and put it in your aquarium.
Discard the water in the bag & Enjoy your new saltwater fish!