All Animals at this Time:
1. Float the bag in your tank to get the animals used to the temperature in your aquarium.
2. Wait 15 minutes.
3. Add animals to the tank, discard shipping water and any towels used in the packaging.
4. DO NOT DRIP ACCLIMATE.
It is normal if many of the shipping bags have little water, and a wet paper towel. They were shipped that way purposefully.
Important: Snails may go through shock during shipping, and be closed when they arrive. You should give them plenty of time to come out of their shells and move around before deciding they didn't make the trip. Snails may go dormant for up to 3 days.
You may find this to be different than the acclimation procedure you are used to carrying out. The reason we ask our customers to use this procedure is because our snails and crabs live intertidally, and can handle swings in ph/salinity without a problem. However, what they can't handle is toxic levels of ammonia. During the shipping process, ammonia levels in the shipping bags build, while the ph level goes down. As the ph goes down the toxicity of ammonia also goes down. However, when your tank water with normal ph is introduced to the shipping bags, and the ph rises, so does the toxicity of the ammonia, and you will be poisoning the livestock. Please don't do this and certainly never let livestock sit out in buckets exposed to fresh air for a long period of time, we know of no surer way to kill your new arrivals. It is even worse if you mix species from different bags into the same bucket because ammonia from some bags can then pollute all the species. Please don't acclimate them in this way, we do not cover the losses that will result, and will enforce this policy strictly. We understand you may prefer different acclimation procedures, but this works and the rest will lead to more losses so please experiment with other products. Not ours. We do not accept the additional risk involved. Any other method of acclimation voids the Alive Arrival Guarantee. It is an easy method of acclimation and it works fine, please follow it.
Many orders will contain empty hermit shells for hermits to move into free of charge, like those containing our quick crews with hermits. They will be similar in shape to snails we sell, please check for dry bags of empty shells before you add items to your tank, and check to see if the claim you have is really just empty hermit shells.
Macro Algae and Mangrove Acclimation
1. Float the bag in your tank to get the macro used to the temperature in your aquarium.
2. Wait 15 minutes.
3. Add macroalgae and mangroves to your tank, discard any water.
Macroalgae and mangroves should be slowly acclimatd to light too if possible, you can do this by shading them, or keeping them towards the edges of the light fixture for the first few days.