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Old 04-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Coral rx

I dipped my coral I just bought ( toadstool) and look at what came out! I saw at least 3-4 bugs...one of which was a star fish I wasn't crazy about losing. But if it's killing parasites it's all good!
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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Nothing goes in my tank without the Rx dip..... I brought home a colony of bam-bam zoas last year from a frag swap, and when I dipped it, two nudibranches and about 20 little red bugs came flying off of that frag.
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I don't keep zoas, and I don't dip LPS, but I use it for SPS (after I pull off all crabs and put the bad ones in the sump and the good ones In a temporary container until the coral is dipped and rinsed thoroughly). LPS generally doesn't see too much in the way of parasites.
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I don't dip LPS
Any particular reason?? I've got (and dipped) trumpet, candy, acan lord, & hammer, and haven't seen any ill effects..... Something I (we) should be aware of?
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I've been told to dip all corals before putting them in the tank...so idk...I've also been told not to dip LPS...seems like the jury is still out, but u haven't had any ill effects either.
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Though X is right that LPS don't have much in terms of parasites, I dip a majority of my corals as I've discovered things living in the rock/frag plug that they come on on.
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Yes this one came on a piece of rock that was hollow... Like an old dead feather duster casing. I'm sure they crawled out of there.
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You'll find that most parasites that effect certain corals are on them 99% of the time. In other words, the odds of finding acropora eating flatworms on an acan are quite slim.
You just don't see too many parasites on LPS, so I don't bother. It's not that it will cause the coral issues if I dip it, it's that I like to add diversity from different sources to my system, and dipping a wellsophyllia in that pine oil smelling stuff is just going to kill everything on it.
Those little brittle starfish are beneficial and harmless, and I go out of my way to not kill them. That's all. No real science to my method.
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Lol! I was thinking the exact same thing...it smells just like pine sol. I was a bit bummed about the star fish...but I have quit a few in my tank when I look at night...but I'm just worried about the isopods...or Copepods..I can't seem to see the difference and I heard that isopods (I think) are harmful for corals. And I know one or the other is already in the tank...they run so fast I can't seem to get a good glimpse
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