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    How to introduce invertabrates???

    hey guys
    We just finished cycling our tank and are going to pick up a clean up crew this weekend.

    How do you introduce them to the tank?

    what acclimation techniques??

    Thanks!!!

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    Hi megznsteve,

    Ooohhh.. you must be SO excited! :b16:

    By cleaning crew do you mean custodians (snails, crab) or shirmp, star, cukes, urchin etc. (invertebrates)?
    There are easy to follow steps at triple w jlaquatics dot com (sorry, can't post URLS yet )
    Left hand side near the bottom, "Acclimation and Ethics"

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    Usually, I place the bag with the clean up crew and what not in the tank, let it sit for about 15-20 min, then I check the temperature to see if it matches the one in my tank. If so, I then take three or four turkey baster of the water in the bag out and add three or four turkey baster of the water I have in the tank. Then I let them sit for another 15-20 min. After I repeat the same thing 3 or 4 out (old water) then 3 or 4 in (water of tank) I do that 4 times then I can add them to my tank.

    That is about it, it is long but it is worth it, you don't want to rush things!!


    Good luck

    P.S.: I am no expert but I think it is a pretty good and safe method

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    for now were just picking up some snails and a couple hermit crabs,
    so the turkey baster is the best method? have you ever tried the drip method?

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    drip method is best but jokers method works pretty good too.

    i have a TupperWare container that i float in my sump. i put the snails / crabs in the container with just enough bag water to keep them covered ( 1" - 2" ). then i test the bag water for pH and SG. once the water in the TW is up to temperature, i start adding a small amount of tank water ( a few TBSP. at first ). i do this until i have doubled the amount of water in the TW. then i pour off half of the water and test the pH and SG. i repeat this until the paramaters match, then remove the inverts and add them to the tank. never add the water in the TW to the tank. some say this isn't necessary with some inverts ( crabs and snails ) but i treat everything the same, it can take me several hours to get everything just right.
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    cool, thanks guys, we got them in, the snails have been staying up along the waterline the last 2 days, i'm assuming that is their way of acclimating themselves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megznsteve View Post
    cool, thanks guys, we got them in, the snails have been staying up along the waterline the last 2 days, i'm assuming that is their way of acclimating themselves?
    what type of snails are they?
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    If your tank has just finish cycling it may not be ready for snails.

    Snails won't survive in a high nitrate condition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by megznsteve View Post
    for now were just picking up some snails and a couple hermit crabs,
    so the turkey baster is the best method? have you ever tried the drip method?

    I wouldn't pick up the hermit crabs, i would stick to just the snails because the crabs will just kill the snails for their shells at some point.. More snails is better JMHO

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    we picke dup 3 astrea snails and 3 blue legged hermit crabs to see how they would do, the snails ar still at the top of the tank and move around a bit. for the last 2 weeks after the cycle nitrates have been under 5mg/L

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