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Ed Hahn

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Snails, starfish and other invertebrates are more sensitive to changes in invironment than fish. So I am asking for a thread for those that need to learn how to do this. I use a piece of egg crate to let my snails walk into the water on thier own. It seems to cause less stress I have notice a big improvement in my survival rate.
Hope this saves someone trouble,
Ed
 

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Great point Ed. I usually drip all of the above for twice as long as corals or fish. I never thought about just letting them do their own acclimation.
 

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Good topic, Ed! Acclimation practices are important to our inhabitants health. I've moved this to Anthony's forum, so he could also give a blurb on acclimating corals. Ed, do you do drip acclimation or anything, prior to allowing the snails to dive in?
 

Ed Hahn

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Nikki,
I just lay them on the egg crate and let them crawl into water. I have one end in the water. The other end is high enough where they can stay dry. Usually over night they will go into the water. The problem I have had is that sometimes a snail will get stuck trying to go through bottom of egg crate. I usually pop then out if they get stuck with finger. I have had very little die off from this practice.
Ed
 

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I once heard you can take a snail and just hold it up against the glass right above the water line, & they will acclimate themselfs, is there any truth to this?
 

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I usually take about 1.5 hrs. to acclimate my inverts. Since I started doin that, I have had very little die-off. I just use a shot glass, and add a shot every 10-15 minutes. About halfway thru that, I empty out about one half of the water, and start over again. Takes a while, but it pays off. :D
 

Ed Hahn

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charlie said:
I usually take about 1.5 hrs. to acclimate my inverts. Since I started doin that, I have had very little die-off. I just use a shot glass, and add a shot every 10-15 minutes. About halfway thru that, I empty out about one half of the water, and start over again. Takes a while, but it pays off. :D
I'll drink to that.. to happy healthy snails...I mean :) I could not resist Charlie. Its Friday and I am kinda excited about tomorrow. :razz:
 
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