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Berghia Acclimation Guide


Berghia Acclimation Guide

Berghia are nocturnal and more active at night, so this would be the ideal time to acclimate them. Most predators of Berghia are quite lethargic and not actively eating in the dark. If the Berghia arrive in the morning, it is best to at least acclimate them with the lights turned off.

1Turn off lights, Allow fish and predators to settle down. Preferably leave the lights off several hours after Berghia arrive.

2Make partial water changes to the berghia container for 30 minutes to an hour to acclimate Berghia to your aquariums conditions. Packing water is OK to put in your aquarium as it is clean natural seawater with no chemicals added.

3The preferred method of introducing Berghia is to place the container on it’s side on a rock (not in the sand) near, but not on top of, a bunch of aiptasia 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.

4Another method of introduction 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, locate food (Aiptasia) and avoid predators.

5TURN OFF ALL WATER FLOW, pumps and powerheads alike while releasing the Berghia with the pipette.


6Don’t feed fish during acclimation time.


7After introducing Berghia, don’t move rock around or cause rock slides or use Kalk treatments (i.e. Aiptasia X or Joe's Juice, etc); as all can cause harm to Berghia and eggs.

8Sit back and wait with patience and allow Nature to do it’s job.



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