10-25-2008, 12:20 AM
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Everything said is correct so far. The only downfall to drip acclimation is that when a bag which has contained a fish for a long time opens, co2 is quickly released, causing the ph to rise, which converts ammonia to a much more toxic form. When drip acclimating an ammonia neutralizer should be added the the shipping water as soon as it is opened.
As for adding the first fish, it depends on if you already have coral and such in there- and if you want to in the future. If it's a fish only tank, go ahead and add them to the main tank, let that act as the QT. However, if you already have coral, I would QT separately, as the fish may get sick with something which is best treated by a medication not safe to inverts. If you want to add coral or inverts definitely avoid ever having to use copper in the tank.
Also, ask your LFS about their QT methods. The store I work at QT's all fish in 1/2 strength copper for two weeks when they come in (except for special, copper intolerant ones). It's not fail safe, but certainly makes the chance of illness a lot less risky, and makes your investment a more sound one. In fact, people can even put a hold on the fish while they're in QT. They are able to monitor the fish's health during the QT period, and then purchase the fish afterward if they feel it is healthy.
Last edited by okiemavis; 10-25-2008 at 12:23 AM..