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Berghia Acclimation Guide

Berghia Acclimation Guide

When you receive the Berghia DO NOT PUT THE CLOSED CONTAINER IN THE SUMP FOR TEMPERATURE ACCLIMATION!!!! Open container. Inspect the top VERY WELL for Berghia especially the lid. If some are on the lid take the enclosed pipette, suck up some water and “blow” it off the top and back into the container. Many times the Berghia are breeding and 2 will look like 1. If you are short any Berghia, try blowing them with the pipette water to dislodge them and the mating couple will separate and begin walking around. Be careful, as the Berghia are very fragile and damage easily with manual manipulation..

1 Berghia are relatively small creatures, by design, compared to most things we put in our tanks. It's common for them to lose some size in shipping as well. So they may look small when they arrive at your door, especially if they are balled up rather than stretched out

2After acclimating with water changes, blow water on them to get them to begin moving around and you will see their size double. The Berghia will regain their normal size after they begin to eat in your care. Note: All Berghia MUST meet 3 criteria before shipment. 1. They must be of a certain age 2. They must be actively laying eggs 3. They must at least measure their posted size, tip of antenna to tip of tail when in hunting mode, at time of shipment.

3 Make partial water changes to the Berghia container for 30 minutes to an hour to acclimate Berghia to your aquariums conditions. Packing water is new, clean natural seawater with no chemicals added.

4The preferred method of introducing Berghia is to place the container on it’s side on a rock (not in the sand) near a bunch of aiptasia, but not on top of one since Aiptasia can eat Berghia, and wedged or weighted down and allow the Berghia to crawl out on their own accord. If you purchased many Berghia, you can wait till about half crawl out then move the container to another location for the remainder. Remember, they are colonial and are best introduced as a colony.

5Another method of introduction (Not Recommended) is with the use of the pipette supplied with your order. Fill the pipette with water and blow it on the Berghia to dislodge it off the side of the container. When the Berghia is floating in the water then slowly suck it into the pipette. Never scrape them off the side as this may damage their fragile cerata. The Berghia can then be gently released onto the coral rock high on top of the reef, near but not on top of aiptasia. Always keep the colony together as it allows the Berghia to find each other to mate and locate food to eat. Avoid predators.

6If using the pipette method to add your Berghia or eggs, TURN OFF ALL WATER FLOW, pumps and powerheads alike.

7TO RELEASE EGGS, use the pipette to gently place them deep inside of a crevice. It is preferable to put them in a crevice with a small Aiptasia sticking out, this provides food when they hatch and keeps the water flow from blowing them out.After introducing Berghia, don’t move rock around or cause rock slides or use Kalk treatments on the Aiptasia (i.e. Aiptasia X or Joe's Juice, etc); as all can cause harm to Berghia and eggs.

8Don’t feed fish during acclimation time.

9Sit back and wait with patience and allow Nature to do it’s job.

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