so - I've always had terrible luck with cleaner shrimp in small tanks .. However.. I tried a different acclimation process this time and so far so good!
I usually dump the water in the bag from LFS + critter into a separate bucket and run a drip line from the tank to the bucket for about an hour.. or until the water doubles in the bucket roughly..
I've tried various time lengths with shrimp, and they all seemed to crash after a few days (the whole fall on the side, convulsion thing)...
After some thought.. I've decided it was maybe a matter of temperature shock.. because after an hour, even though tank water it dripping in the bucket.. it still remains significantly cooler than the tank water.
This time I floated the bag in the sump, clipped it to the side, cut a hole and dripped the tank water into the bag for roughly an 1.5 hours. I think I've had success! The shrimp is doing great (skunk cleaner btw).. harassing the coral for their caught meals and so on.
Edited by milk, 23 January 2012 - 11:21 PM.