How to acclimatise shrimp to give them the best chance of survival

How to successfully acclimatise (acclimate) shrimp

As I’m setting up my own Shrimp Tank I thought why not go through the procedures I use and talk about how to acclimatise shrimp.

My specific shrimp are the Red Cherry variety. Colourful, hardy and relatively cheap.

The main goal when acclimatising anything, fish or shrimp, is to add it to it’s new home with the least amount of stress as possible.

Many people do just add shrimp the same way as fish, just float the bag in the new tank water. Shrimp however are very sensitive, and when something goes wrong with your water chemistry, they’re the first to die. So to give them the best possible chance of survival, I use the drip method.

How to acclimatise (acclimate) shrimp to give them the best chance of survival

It’s basically syphoning water from the already set-up shrimp tank, to the shrimp container that contains the shrimp, and the water from the pet shop they came in. The bag the shrimp came in for me didn’t have a lot of water in, so I couldn’t let them open in the bucket because they’d only have a millimetre of water to sit in, so I placed the bag in a water container to give them some depth.

The idea is to very slowly add the existing water at roughly a few drops per second, into their new container, over the time span of 1-2 hours, to slowly acclimatise them. Do this until the water they’re sitting in has at least doubled.

So, what you’ll need, is a length of air tubing that you use for air stones, and air filters. Put the one piece of tube in the tank water, and the other in the shrimp container. Then suck on the pipe at the shrimp end to syphon the water from the tank, into the container. You’ll need something to slow down the water flow so the water doesn’t just pour straight in, water has to ‘drip’ in, at a few drops per second. What I used was a little ‘tap’ usually used to restrict the air in an aquarium’s air tubing to reduce air flow in an air stone if too powerful. This cost me about £2 something like this, and air tubing is very cheap, it can be purchased by the metre, at most fish shops.

How to acclimatise (acclimate) shrimp to give them the best chance of survival

Then after you get a good flow, wait until the water in the shrimp container has at least doubled, in my case I added an extra 2/3 of water into their container over the space of about 1 hour and 20 minuets. While the water is slowly dripping in, it’s good practise to cover the shrimp container with something like a black towel, so it’s dark as this will cause less stress.

Remember, never put the water from the pet shop, into your tank. So just net the shrimp out of the container and into their new tank.

This whole process is a little more time consuming but it’s a better way to acclimatise your shrimp and offers a better chance of survival.