Employ the Drip Method to Reduce Aquarium Acclimation Stress
Proper acclimation is the key to successful introduction of new aquarium arrivals. The floating method is undoubtedly the most widely practiced method among hobbyists. However, a more exact method of acclimation is required for fish, corals or invertebrates sensitive to sudden changes in water chemistry. Learn how to successfully introduce sensitive aquarium species through two easy methods of drip acclimation.
Adjusting water parameters
Acclimation is the gradual process of conditioning new arrivals. The goal of acclimation is to adjust water parameters from a new source to those found in your aquarium. During this initial adjustment stage, new arrivals are slowly exposed to new aquarium water parameters. Water chemistry is gradually altered by introducing aquarium water into the container housing new arrivals at a controlled rate. The acclimation process is complete when equilibrium is reached (where the temporary container housing new arrivals shares the same water chemistry as your aquarium) and your new arrival appears adjusted to these conditions. Since different species have varying levels of tolerance, different methodologies are required to control the rate of change experienced during the acclimation process. If the floating method of acclimation (where aquarium water is added to the floating bag in 1/2 cup increments) is considered a broad approach, then the drip method of acclimation is the precise approach.
What is drip acclimation?
LiveAquaria® Drip Acclimation Kit