Best Practices For Introducing New Life To Your Marine Aquarium (Part 1)
Anyone who has kept a reef aquarium, or even a fish aquarium for that matter, has at some point rushed home with a new fish or coral for their tank and dumped the bag right in. The excitement of adding something new to your tank can definitely be an aquatic tractor beam, but it is important that we consider what we are doing to the organism we are adding. Most of the time, the temperature, salinity, or other chemical makeup of the water in the bag is not even remotely the same as your tank at home and it is important that we take a few steps to slowly make the two match.
A Few Simple Acclimation Steps For Corals
A big part of successfully keeping a reef aquarium is keeping your water parameters steady and within certain bounds. The most important water parameters here are temperature, salinity,alkalinity, nitrate, phosphate, and magnesium, in that order as far as their importance during acclimation. When we say “steady,” we mean quite simply, like the ocean where changes happen very slowly over time, because the ocean is a huge volume of water. This is why you will often hear someone who has kept a reef aquarium tell someone that is new to the hobby that they should get the largest tank they can within reason. More volume basically means more buffer from messing things up, or at least slowing the process down so that you can hopefully catch it. One thing that is always important even before you go shopping for corals and fish is to know what your water parameters are and to make sure you ask what the parameters of the store’s water are before you make a purchase.