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Pasfur 02-16-2009 09:42 AM

Proper Acclimation of Saltwater Fish
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Today I was faced with having to quickly move a Clownfish out of my 38 gallon reef. I always plan for these unexpected events, and I immediately knew how I would handle such a situation.

Normally I would have used a few pieces of live rock from my display tank to set up a temporary aquarium. Luckily for me, I happened to have a tote full of live rock, so after careful consideration I decided to move the Clownfish into the tote.

First, I tested the water in the live rock tote. Satisfied with the results, I proceeded to move the clownfish.

First, I set up a gang valve drip system. Every fish keeper needs a spare gange valve and some air line tubing. In fact, I suggest that you have a number of supplies for emergencies such as this.

Here is what my gang valve drip system looks like:
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To make this work, you start a simple syphon. The gang valve is used to control the water flow, creating only a small drip. I set the drip at approx 1 drop per second for sensitive fish and 3 drops per second for easy fish.

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Next I found myself stuck without a pre filter sponge or intake for my power head. The power head is needed in the live rock tote for circulation. Without a sponge available, I decided to use a small basket to cover the powerhead. I simply cut a hole in the basket and threaded the power plug. This is an old fish trick that is used in keeping outdoor pond pumps from getting clogged quickly.

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I placed the powerhead inside the basket and covered it with live rock.

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Meanwhile, the drip method continued and the clownfish slowly acclimated to the new water.

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After about 1 hour of acclimation, I gently submerssed the entire bowl into the tote and allowed the Clownfish to swim away freely.

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This is how I acclimate all of my fish, freshwater and marine.

onefish2fish 02-16-2009 09:55 AM


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