Acclimatization

Your pet order has finally arrived at your place and you are wondering how to put it in your aquarium best and gently?

No problem! Important information and tips to get used to fish, corals & Co you get here.

 
Acclimatization of marine fish

 

    Turn the light off or dimme it down
    Pack the closed fish bag for approx. 15 minutes to adjust the temperature to the aquarium water
    Carefully open the bag with scissors
    Drain as much transport water as possible and transfer the fish quickly into your reef basin

 


For the transfer, you can also use a trowel or similar to get the fish with little water from the bag into the aquarium. You should avoid air contact of the fish (for example, while netting with a net).

After use, leave the light quiet for a while or at low intensity.

 

We advise you NOT to slowly drip the fish.

Background: Fish should be taken from the transport water as soon as possible.

Slow settling in of the fish by dropwise matching can sometimes cause more stress in the animals than rapid repositioning. Depending on the shipping time, pretreatment of the water and size or number of animals, the transport water may have high ammonia / ammonia values ​​at a low pH. If one adds gradually fresh seawater (with high pH), then the pH-dependent ammonium / ammonia ratio changes to the toxic ammonia - i. the fish are slowly poisoned by the dripping. You can avoid this by simply putting your new arrivals directly into the tank (with as little transport water as possible).

By the way: An exception is the habituation of fish larvae.

 
Additional tips before and after the adaptation of new fish:

    To avoid quarrels, feed your "old" reef dwellers well before newcomers arrive.
    Break existing territories by moving the reef structure and / or changing the flow.
    Feed your newcomers vigorously the next day with high-quality food and possibly vitamin supplements.

 
 
Acclimation of corals

 

    Open the transport containers, pour some water into a container and carefully pack the coral outlets
    Now double the amount of water in the jar with water from your aquarium
    Thoroughly inspect the offshoots and gently free (!) Of detritus using a feeding pipette
    Place the new corals near the bottom of your aquarium so that they can get used to the light conditions
    After a few days, you can use coral glue (epoxy, super glue or similar) to position the corals according to their requirements in the aquarium

 

 
Additional tips for getting used to new corals:

    Be careful not to touch the fabric of the coral, but to touch only the offshoot stone when moving.
    Zoanthus crust anemones and Palythoa should be treated with particular care, as some species have strong toxins. In the normal handling and care of these animals is usually no danger. When handling, simply use gloves, protective goggles and ensure good room ventilation. Do not touch your eyes or face and wash your hands thoroughly after repositioning.
    Generally speaking: SPS corals like strong currents and lots of light (especially Acropora), LPS corals moderate lighting and flow. The exact attitude requirements of each coral you will find in our product descriptions.

 

Acclimation of anemones, invertebrates and fish larvae - the droplet method

 

    Turn the light off or dimme it down
    Pack the closed fish bag for approx. 15 minutes to adjust the temperature to the aquarium water
    Place the bag in a bucket and gently open it with scissors
    Take a thin tube (e.g., air tube, silicone tube), pack one end into the aquarium water (attach if necessary) and the other end into the bag
    Make a knot in the hose or use an air handle to regulate the flow of water
    Aspirate the water from the aquarium and adjust the air chicken or the knot so that about 2-3 drops drop the second in the bag
    Once the amount of water in the bag has doubled, discard half of it and repeat the procedure until the amount has doubled again
    Now carefully transfer the animal into your aquarium (for example with the help of a cup or a trowel). Make sure that it has no air contact

 

After use, leave the light quiet for a while or at low intensity.


We hope these checklists could help you get used to your Rifffbewohner. Give us feedback and tell us about your experiences. We wish you a lot of fun with your new pets!