Originally Posted by Mean Harri
Is it ok to ask for expansion in this drip acclimation? I did what the guy at the lfs told me. Float the bag for a half hour. Every 5 minutes add about 2 oz of my tank water to the bag. After 30 minutes pour them in to a net and drop the net full into the tank. I did and had no problems. All 15 fish that I added to the tank are all still there and healthy.
Sure, you can ask but that doesn't mean you're going to get it. J/K
When I do the drip method I use a bucket, a vegetable/seaweed clip with a suction cup on it for holding the tube in the tank and a length of air tubing that is long enough to go from my tank to the bucket. I put one end of the tube into the veggie clip, and then attach the veggie clip to the side of the tank. I tie a knot in the tubing to regulate the amount of water flow coming out of the tank. Once the siphon is going you place the other end of the tubing into the bag (containing the fish) that's sitting in the bucket. You want a slow drip, drip, drip.
My LFS keeps all their fish in a ph of 6.5 and mine at home is 7.8. Depending on the type of fish I've brought home I've done drips that lasted three hours. The neon tetras got a three hour drip. To me, it's better safe than sorry and avoids any ph shock to the fish.
PS. When I brought home loaches that were being kept in the same PH as mine I did the acclimation that you did, Eric. For me the whole process depends upon the PH. I always test their water and mine right before I decide which method to use.