Our topic today came from a viewer who requested we talk about acclimating invertebrates. It could not have came at a better time because I recently added a slew of clean up crew inverts into our tanks here at the office.

Invertebrates is a broad term that refers to a wide range of marine life and it means these animals lack a spinal column. This covers many of the more unique organisms we keep in reef tanks like corals, crabs,shrimp, snails, clams, mollusks, sponges, and anemones.

Invertebrate acclimation is critical because they are very sensitive to changes in salinity, far more than a fish. For this reason, you really want to drip acclimate your new invertebrates in order to slowly adjust the animals to match your aquariums salinity. Simply floating the bag inside your tank will only equalize the temperature and does nothing in the way of matching water chemistry beyond this.


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