This method is gentle, safe and easy way to introduce your new
saltwater fish to your home aquarium.
Once the drip line is started and the flow rate is set, it pretty much
takes care of itself.
You can use this method not only for fish acclimation but also for all
types of marine livestocks.
It can take up to 1 hour for this method to be completed depending
on the size of size of the acclimation container being used.
Here is the setup involved.
If you are acclimating more than one fish, this means you have to
either use a separate acclimation container for each one or put them
all together in the same one. If you combine the fish, they may
fight and injure each other even before you can get them into your
aquarium, especially if they are of the same or similar species.
Put the fish in any container of enough size to be covered
Set the bucket on the floor close to the aquarium you’ll be putting
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 or container.
Siphon and slowly the tank water to drip into the container using
the gang air valve to adjust the drip rate.
Do not set the water drip rate too fast nor too slow. Set it in between.
If you are acclimating several fish, it’s the best way to do it individually in a container of their own.
When the water in the container equals to about two to three times the volume of the bag water, test the
temperature, salinity and pH level of the bag water to check if these parameters match your aquarium.
Gently remove the fish and place it into your aquarium where the dripped in water came from.
Another challenge that you will face when keeping a saltwater aquarium is corals acclimation.
Here are the corals acclimation procedures that you can follow to help you do this. Following these steps and
AGAIN “being patient” pays off.
It will cause less stress to your fish and you will have healthy inhabitants.
Let’s start with how to hold them. How do you do this correctly? They seem so delicate. Well, there are
different types that require different techniques on how to hold them.
Beginner corals such as soft corals, polyps, and mushroom are usually attached to a small rock when you
Handle them only by the rock and try to avoid touching the polyps.
Hard corals have large and fleshy polyps and have hard exoskeleton on their base.
Handle them by the base. Others are mostly attached to a plug or rock and should be handled by the base as