AccliMate by Reef Gently, Info and Video

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Reef Gently AccliMate

Reef Gently AccliMate

Acclimating fish, corals, and invertebrates is something that should be done every single time you add livestock to an aquarium (or preferably a quarantine tank). Acclimation is a simple process that a lot of people fail to do, or do incorrectly. To make acclimation as trouble-free as possible, Reef Gently has created the AccliMate. Simply place the livestock into the AccliMate, attach the acclimation assistant to the inside (or outside) of your aquarium, hook up the tubing and valves, set the siphon, and go relax.

If you don’t have any new livestock to acclimate to your system, you can still use the AccliMate to trap and transport fish. The design of the AccliMate also allows its users to isolate troublesome or injured fish. If you’re still doubtful about this device, also understand that you can completely take the plastic bags and nets out of the equation. Plastic bags gather up and don’t readily decompose. You can reuse a plastic bag a few times, but they develop holes and tears after even one use. Nets can be downright harmful to our fish. Fins and gills can get caught in nets and severe injury and stress can occur. The AccliMate solves all of these problems.

See the video of the acclimation demonstration as well as some additional product information.


I’m not a fan of suction cups, and I would honestly be leery of hanging the AccliMate on the outside of my aquarium. I would feel much more comfortable if the AccliMate came with a plastic hanging bracket that couldn’t fail like the suction cups eventually would.

Trap! Transport! Acclimate! Isolate!

  • Take it to the fish store and use it to carry your purchase home. No more plastic bags!
  • Hang it on the outside of your tank to make acclimation easy. No more salad bowls and buckets!
  • Lift the inner box to strain the water. No more cross contamination!
  • Release your new addition into the aquarium with the inner box. No more nets for spines to get stuck in!
  • Trap fish easily and quickly to remove them from your aquarium. No more cutting up soda bottles for homemade traps!
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  • Hmmm interesting! An automated way of acclimation is a great idea for general purposes, but a lot of coral and fish cannot use this, as it takes a bit of personal touch to get it right in my opinion/experience 😉

  • Brandon,

    What an awesome write up. Thank you so much for this. As the inventor of the AccliMate, can tell you that I truly struggled with the decision to move from our original plastic hanger to these new suction cups. I want to tell you that I have personally tested these things for months now with no failures. I'll be honest and tell you that of the hundreds we have sold since about April 2010 we did have one complaint of a suction cup failure. But after some investigation we found that the customer had not made sure his glass was clean and didn't moisten the cups before hanging it. With just the slightest amount of care taken these cups absolutely work. The suction cups were a response to many hundreds of requests to find a way to hang the AccliMate on the inside of the tank as well as the outside. They enable you to trap fish at any level of the water column and isolate right inside the tank. I was a skeptic but have become a believer. And if anyone EVER has a failure please email me or call me directly and I will take care of it personally. I certainly want to know.

    Wes
    wesley.sonner@reefgently.com
    603-732-3596

    • AquaNerd

      your welcome wes. we like to highlight new and innovative aquarium products and your acclimate certainly fits right in. and if the suction cups work, that's great. i like the versatility of suction cups (e.g. the ability to mount almost anywhere).

      one of my favorite features is that you don't contaminate your aquarium water with the water from the fish store! most fish store water isn't the greatest and water in the bag can be worse since stressed fish release ammonia from their gills and in their urine.