Acclimating/Low salinity

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by SSalty, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. SSalty

    SSalty Team Liquid Force

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,752
    Likes Received:
    104
    Location:
    North Dakota
    My LFS from whom I buy from keeps their salinity at 1.019 and I keep mine at 1.023. How long should I be acclimating my fish before I add them to my tank? For my new clown I took 5 hours to slowly bring the salinity up, is this long enough? How would you acclimate a fish with that much salinity difference?

    Thanks.
     
    SSalty, Jul 5, 2007
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. SSalty

    Alexander

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,208
    Likes Received:
    558
    Location:
    Boise ID
    I am not an expert on acclimating but I would definately say 5 hours is plenty if not more than enough time for that.
     
    Alexander, Jul 5, 2007
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. SSalty

    HAWKS12thMAN NWKRC THUG!

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Messages:
    1,151
    Likes Received:
    92
    Location:
    Cle Elum, WA
    LFS keep there salinity down in there fish only tanks to help the fish breathe better, it also helps to fight off parasites. I keep my Q tank at 1.014 with copper in it. With that being said I only drip acclamiate for 1 hour no matter what the circumstance. Anything after an hour the o2 in the water begins to dimnish.
     
    HAWKS12thMAN, Jul 5, 2007
    #3
  4. SSalty

    winyfrog Yep!

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2006
    Messages:
    1,872
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    Southern Utah
    Yep no more then 1 hour and no less then 30 minutes.
     
    winyfrog, Jul 5, 2007
    #4
  5. SSalty

    jhnrb

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2005
    Messages:
    4,038
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    CALIF.
    Your slow drip should double the water that the fish comes in as a minimum. once the water has doubled you can safely introduce the fish to the system, however, make sure you take at least a half hour to acclimate the new arrival. Temperature is as important as difference in salinity.
     
    jhnrb, Jul 6, 2007
    #5
  6. SSalty

    bobby I like to do bad things.

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2006
    Messages:
    4,002
    Likes Received:
    414
    Location:
    hehe right behind you. hehe
    I agree with john, but I pour water fropm my tank into a bag instead of drip them. Alot of LFS's keep their salt level low to help reduce the chance os illness. My guy said he kept his at 1.021 and just yesterday at petco the guy told me they were having a prob with ich so run has had thier tanks at 1.019.
     
    bobby, Jul 6, 2007
    #6
  7. SSalty

    Alexander

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,208
    Likes Received:
    558
    Location:
    Boise ID
    speaking of new stuff I think I'm going to buy a pistol shrimp today, maybe give my goby a friend, even though he doesn't deserve it :)
     
    Alexander, Jul 6, 2007
    #7
  8. SSalty

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    I float the bag for ten minutes. open the bag and add a half a cup of my tank water every 5 minutes until the bag has about doubled in size - usually taking 30-40 minutes.

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
    Doc, Jul 7, 2007
    #8
  9. SSalty

    RigoSharon LIVING REEFS INTERN

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,371
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    mayaguez, Puerto Rico
    is imperative that you post a video of that pistol shrimp s13
     
    RigoSharon, Jul 7, 2007
    #9
  10. SSalty

    Alexander

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,208
    Likes Received:
    558
    Location:
    Boise ID
    sadly I went to the lfs that always has pistol shrimp and she informed me that she no longer can order stuff because she runs out of a gardening store and they are shutting her section down and her job is going with it :( oh and she didn't have any is where I was going with that.
     
    Alexander, Jul 7, 2007
    #10
  11. SSalty

    bobby I like to do bad things.

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2006
    Messages:
    4,002
    Likes Received:
    414
    Location:
    hehe right behind you. hehe
    That sucks. Sorry to hear someone else is losing their job, and your losing a LFS.
     
    bobby, Jul 7, 2007
    #11
  12. SSalty

    Alexander

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,208
    Likes Received:
    558
    Location:
    Boise ID
    yeah she is really cool and likes me a lot. she was always discounting stuff for me. she just gave me 20% off my prism skimmer I bought yesterday for the heck of it, though I think at this point she really doesn't care since she is out a job in august anyways.
     
    Alexander, Jul 7, 2007
    #12
  13. SSalty

    HAWKS12thMAN NWKRC THUG!

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Messages:
    1,151
    Likes Received:
    92
    Location:
    Cle Elum, WA
    That sucks redline
     
    HAWKS12thMAN, Jul 7, 2007
    #13
  14. SSalty

    RigoSharon LIVING REEFS INTERN

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,371
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    mayaguez, Puerto Rico
    sorry to hear that...i guess is time to search for a new FS and make new relations..best of wishes for her...
     
    RigoSharon, Jul 11, 2007
    #14
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.