Welcoming coral to your home!!! How do you add coral to your tank?

How do you add coral to your tank?

  • Move the coral from the bag and place it directly into the display tank.

    Votes: 37 11.7%
  • Dip process before placing the coral into the display tank.

    Votes: 172 54.6%
  • Acclimate before placing the coral into the display tank.

    Votes: 66 21.0%
  • Move the coral from the bag and place it directly into the quarantine tank.

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Dip process before placing the coral into the quarantine tank.

    Votes: 26 8.3%
  • Acclimate before placing the coral into the quarantine tank.

    Votes: 8 2.5%
  • Other.

    Votes: 5 1.6%

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Welcoming coral to your home!!! How do you add coral to your tank?

Congratulations on the newly acquired coral! Let’s talk about how you move it into your system. Do you take many of the same steps that you would take with a new fish, or do you have a different approach for acclimating corals? Of course, it may depend on the type of coral, but if that is the case then let us know how you introduce different types of coral to your system. Some reef keepers dip all new coral, whereas other reef keepers don’t dip any of their corals (or maybe just certain types). Additionally, sometimes the corals are added directly to the reef tank and other times there is a quarantine tank used. An observation box within the tank is also a possibility.

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Dip and dump, after lights out.

I buy all my coral at the LFS and keep my salinity in the same range as them (35ppt, I test their water each time) so don’t drip acclimate.
 

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I do a short acclimation and enter it. Never had an issue with coral Not opening
 

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this is fitting for me, b/c I just got an order today from @Battlecorals

I have a small 5 gallon tank (no QT, so I don't have a lot of extra room).

I drain about 1 gallon of display water into a 5 gallon bucket. Float the new bags in that bucket for about 10 minutes, then cut bags open into another container, do a quick inspection of the plugs/corals, and blow off anything that might be on the plug/coral; and then place it onto the frag tank.

I only buy from places that I feel comfortable with their QT procedures on their end, and aside from a quick inspection, put them right into the tank!
 

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It depends. The highest risk IME is introducing fish disease into my display. Therefore, if I buy from a friend or dealer who has a healthy system, as a result of strict QT protocols of their own, I will usually temperature acclimate then add to display. Contrarily, if I don't trust where it came from, I will remove the frag plug, dip, and add to QT.
 

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float bag, dip, then in on sand bed for a few days
 

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Any concerns that dipping after shipping adds more stress?

I prefer to float to get to temp and then poke a hole in the bag so the water starts mixing slowly
 

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Any concerns that dipping after shipping adds more stress?

I prefer to float to get to temp and then poke a hole in the bag so the water starts mixing slowly
ive never had any issues, I dip everything before it goes in
 

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Yeah pretty basic: float for temp, dip and place in a spot i think is suitable for the type of coral for flow and lighting. I stick to certain vendors so par and placement is what i look at water quality will suit the coral so dripping i did once or twice but never again
 

How hands-on are you as a reef keeper?

  • Very hands-on

    Votes: 132 64.7%
  • Somewhat hands-on

    Votes: 56 27.5%
  • Not very hands-on

    Votes: 9 4.4%
  • Not hands-on at all

    Votes: 5 2.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 1.0%
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