• Acclimatising Shrimp (drip method)

    Dwarf shrimp are fragile creatures. After spending time either in shipping or traveling home from a fish shop your shrimp will be very stressed. It is essential to acclimatise your shrimp as well as possible in order to minimise stress and reduce any losses. If you are sure that the water parameters your new shrimp are in are the same as your own tanks then there is no need to use this method, though I would still recommend quicker methods of acclimatisation.

    Below is a picture guide to acclimatising your shrimp using the "drip method":



    First of all, gently remove your shrimp from the bag/container they were in and place them into a suitable container. I find it's best to use a tall container so the water the shrimp are in is deep enough for them, but you can still fill it with a high volume of water.



    Any reputable shrimp seller will include sponge or moss for the shrimp to cling to, which reduces their stress during transit. I like to keep this sponge or moss in the container as its filled, again to reduce stress. If moss/sponge was not included in the bag it may be worth adding some to the container anyway.



    The container will have to be placed below the tank for the water to flow down into it.



    Cut a length of airline tubing long enough so the water can flow from the tank to the container. It will have to be attached to the tank in some way to prevent it from falling down. I've used G-clamps and clothes pegs in the past, but I find by far the easiest way is just to use tape.



    At the container end of the tubing you need to attach something to regulate the flow of water. I use airline valves, but you can also use clamps or even one-way airline valves (the type with springs inside, the cheaper ones won't work.).



    You'll need to get the vacuum going in the airline, the same way you would with a gravel vac to do a water change. The easiest way to do this of course is to suck on it, but please try not to swallow too much tank-water! At this point I should also note that you should switch off the tank lights, so the shrimp feel more comfortable when introduced.



    Adjust the valve (or whatever you're using) so that approximately 1-2 drops fall per second. Obviously this can be adjusted for a quicker/slower acclimatisation.



    I try to leave the container filling for at least 2 hours if I can, this ensures the shrimp get used to your tank water very slowly.



    After you are happy that the shrimp are fully acclimatised, net them into the tank. Some might argue that this stresses the shrimp, but I'd rather stress them for a few seconds than fill their tank with ammonia-polluted bag water, especially if the shrimp have been in the post.



    Here is one of the shrimp featured in this article, happily acclimatised and exploring the tank.