Do I need to drip acclimate my corals or fish? By Lev Ingman
Corals have a much lower metabolic rate than fish so corals generally produce far less waste than fish and as a result corals can generally be in a bag for longer without any issues. I have never drip acclimated my corals and have never had a problem with anything dieing as a result. When I buy a fish I float the bag with the fish in it for about twenty minutes in my tank prior to release to equalize temperature – BUT I NEVER MIX THE WATER. I do not generally drip acclimate fish that have been in a bag for less than 4 hours because I find it usually unnecessary. If your fish has been in a bag for more than 4 hours then it is important that you drip acclimate the fish.
Open the bag and pour the contents with the fish into a tall container that has plenty of space in it for more water. Take some airline tubing and tie a loose knot in it. Put one end in your tank and create a siphon by sucking on the other end. The airline tubing should start to slowly drip water from your tank into the container that the fish is in. Get an air-stone attached to an air pump and aerate the container that the fish is sitting in while the water is dripping into the container. If the container fills with water, remove some of that water and continue the drip. Check the PH in the container and keep dripping until the PH in the container is close to the PH of your tank. This whole process should take about an hour. Be careful not to drip the water from your tank into the container too quickly – a slow even drip is best and keep an eye on it!