Acclimating and Dipping

How to Unpack, Dip and Acclimate your new Corals and/or Fish

It is important to acclimate your new livestock slowly after its transit experience to compensate for any potential stress endured. Acclimation of the corals or fish involves slowly adding water from the new environment to the existing water the pieces have arrived in to account for any potential change in temperature and or water chemistry. Use of a specifically designed drip acclimator or DIY dripper; airline with a tap and a peg can be very useful to slowly siphon new water onto the pieces.

 We strongly recommend to visually inspect and dip your corals in an effort to eliminate potential lurking pests. Your corals have already been dipped twice by our team but it is never a guarantee all coral pests have been removed.

 You will need :     

  • 3 x Buckets - 1 for Mixing, 1 for Waste and 1 for Dip (for corals) 
  • Towel
  • Drip line
  • Coral Dip
  • Thermometer/Hydrometer/pH Kit

Process :     

  1. Remove all bags of coral/ fish from the freight box
  2. Float bags in new Aquarium until bag temperatures feel the same as main display
  3. Open bags and empty corals into a clean bucket with original water
  4. Set up the drip line to slowly siphon water from display into bucket. Scooping regular cups of water in to the bucket will suffice if there is no drip line available.
  5. Check temperature and/or S.G and/or pH of the mixed water matches your main display. If your parameters deviate greatly from ours as listed below a longer acclimation time will be required.
  6. Set up your dip bucket as per instructions on the dip label with salt water from the main display. Do not forget to have a dip bath bucket ready (or you can use the drip acclimation bucket water at worst case)
  7. Dip all pieces of coral and bathe for a few minutes before placing into final position.
  8. If there are any pieces damaged in transit please ensure to take photographic evidence and send through to our team ASAP.


  • S.G:   1.025                                    
  • pH:     8.3
  • NO3: ~ 2ppm                                 
  • KH:     8.1
  • Ca:      440                                        
  • Mag: 1340