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Old 03-30-2010, 02:39 PM   #1
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RED BUGS on my new Acropora Frag

Dangit! This morning I wake up to see lil red bugs all over my new Acropora frag! Strange thing is, is that right next to it the other acropora frag (green) is free of them.

How do I get rid of them? I have heard of an Interceptor treatment, but also that one needs a prescription to get it. Seems to me that that will not only be bothersome, but also $$$ just to treat a $20 frag.

Any tips? I tried brushing them off, and blasting them off. No luck.
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If it's only on that 1, and that's not very likely, you can pull it out and give it a dip in either Coral Revive or Tropic Marin Pro Coral Cure.
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Hello,
thanks for the tips! I looked closely and only the purple kind has the bugs. The other is completely clear of them. Do you know if Betadine would work as a dip? (Asking since it should be available locally).
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:27 PM   #5
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So are these flatworms?
Nope, got the red bugs...:-(
I called my LFS and they said to try to use the heart worm preventative and that all the coral dips dont work. I picked up a bottle of Betadine to try out tonight. I will keep you guys posted!
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Good news! I did a Betadine Dip and most of the bugs look to be gone! I can see a couple left, but they are moving at all.

Hopefully they are gone! I did 4 cups of tank water plus 3mL of Betadine and let the coral soak for 25mins. Took it out and rinsed it in some more tank water and place it back in tank.

I will report back in a few days if I see no more bugs.
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following alone..how'ed you come up with betadine?
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following alone..how'ed you come up with betadine?
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I saw that others were using it to kill flat worms that kill acroporas and mistook that for them using it on red bugs. I hope this works and that the red bugs arent somehow hiding from me!

If it does work, this would be great! And much cheaper than taking a dog to the vet just to get an Interceptor pill!

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Let's hope the coral survives the time in the betadine.
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Keep an eye on it. I've never dealt with it, but if it was just as simple as an iodine dip I don't think it would be as much of a problem as it is. I'm pretty sure you can get the Interceptor by mail order without a prescription if you look around.
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