Do you Quarantine or Dip your Corals?

Discussion in 'Coral' started by inwall75, Jul 24, 2008.

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Do you FW Dip or QT new coral purchases

  1. I Quarantine Only

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  2. I Freshwater Dip Only

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  3. I Freshwater Dip and then Quarantine

    6 vote(s)
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  4. What the heck are you talking about?

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  1. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    I've always QT'd and Freshwater Dipped my corals. In fact, at a LFS I was working at, I helped build a 3000 gallon quarantine trough just for corals.

    I was wondering what all of you do.
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  3. schackmel

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    I never did with corals before, but after I had a flatworm outbreak in my last 55G tank, I now FW dip in RO/DI water with the recommended dose of Flatworm eXit. It's cheap insurance. That stuff works. I'm sure the introduction of flatworms came from a piece of coral.

    I also FW dip all my new fish additions, not that I have many, but my new powder blue tang and coris wrasse got FW dipped and they thanked me for it! :) I think with the RO/DI water they don't mind a bit. I haven't had a fish even appear stressed during or after the dip. I acclimate them by the usual method, then the very last thing before introduction I dip 'em. Before tossing into the tank. I don't actually toss them, you know. . . :eek:
     
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  5. BaxterS80

    BaxterS80 Pajama Cardinal

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    We us Seachem Reef Dip
     
  6. ssgheislerswife

    ssgheislerswife Ritteri Anemone

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    I do both! I q/t'ed for a week before moving them to the new tank. I started by running the lights on the same schedule as the tank they came from and shifted the schedule by 1 hour until it was the same as my DT. I get flatworms or something worse in my q/t and since there's nothing in there but some macro, I nuke everything!!! If I get them in my display tank, I'll freak!!! Of course I know it wouldn't be the end of the world, but I'm jes sayin'!
     
  7. geekdafied

    geekdafied 3reef Sponsor

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    Depends on the coral. Lugols, potassium permanganate and freshwater are all different dippings I use, some in combination, some alone. QT ia a must have, especially for established reefs.
     
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  9. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    I haven't done this before, but I will start to dip my new corals after reading the posts
     
  10. omard

    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    Don't.

    But wish now I had. :-[
     
  11. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I didn't see a "Hell Yes" option so I voted that I do both. However, like geeky, the type of dip we use depends on the coral.

    If you've ever experienced monti eating nudibranchs, red bugs and acro eating flatworms, you'd be stupid not to.
     
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  12. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    Excellent point. Karma to you.

    I don't ever use iodine based dips like Lugol's or Reef Dips (Seachem, Kent Marine, etc) on zoanthids unless I see a fungus. I strictly do FW dips on those followed by a dip of Salifert Flatworm Exit in a saltwater bath. Reef Hobbyist Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1 Mitch Carl of SECORE has found that Praziquantel (I prefer Hikari Prazi-pro) works well too. If I need to use Lugols or Reef Dips, it is very diluted for zoanthus.

    For corals containing a symbiotic animal (ex. porites and christmas tree worms), I don't want to harm the worms so I only use saltwater dips on those.

    Red bugs are a royal pain.....not everyone has such a cooperative vet to get interceptor so it's a good idea IMO to dip and QT all acros.

    I've been succesful with Prazi-Pro with Monti nudis too.