Please follow the instructions below for acclimation. It is critically important to minimize stress and shock of your new arrivals. We have found through research and experimentation, the method below works best.
***IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ISSUES, PLEASE CALL US IMMEDIATELY!***
- When your order arrives, take the box to the room where you will be doing the acclimation process.
- Dim the lights in the room if possible and turn off the aquarium lights. (It is very dark in the box and bright light can cause stress on your new specimens).
- Carefully open the box and remove the plastic bag(s) containing your new specimens.
***DO NOT OPEN THE BAG(S) AT THIS TIME.
ALLOW THE TEMPERATURES TO EQUALIZE BEFORE OPENNING!***
- Without opening the bag, check the temperature of the water. This has to be done by feel or infrared thermometer. If there is a difference of more than 5 degrees F, let the bag sit out for a while to let the temperature slowly adjust.
- Next, float the bag in the quarantine tank for 20 minutes or longer to equalize the temperature.
- Once the temperatures have equalized, open the bag containing the seahorses and carefully lift them out of the bag and place them in the quarantine tank. (Seahorses should never be netted. You should thoroughly wash your hands and use your hand to gently enclose the body of the seahorse to lift them out and gently place the seahorse in the new aquarium).
- Discard the shipping bag and water.
- Keep the lights dim for the first hour or so to allow your specimens to settle in to the new environment. Then turn on the lights.
- After the lights have been on for a few minutes, add a small amount of frozen mysis and observe feeding behavior. Some seahorses will eat right away, others will adjust to the new environment before feeding. If you do not observe the seahorses eating within 24 hours, please call us.
- If you have any issues or questions, please contact us!