Discussion in 'Coral Diseases' started by gabbyr189, Nov 14, 2011.
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What do red bugs look like?
Do they look like that when just looking at the coral? In other words, can you actually see the yellow part with the naked eye? Or do you need a macro lens on your camera to see them look like that?
They are very hard to see with the naked eye. If you take a frag out and inspect it closely, you can see them. Here is my finger for reference.
If you click this link and then zoom, you can see a better picture.
Hmm. It's possible that I have them. Is it worth it to treat with interceptor? I'll never be able to catch all my inverts. Pistol shrimp, fire shrimp, copepods, etc. Will it hurt anything besides the inverts?
I would confirm that you definitely have them before treating. When I had them and treated with Interceptor, I didn't remove any of my inverts and everything pulled through just fine. That's just my experience though. Your mileage may vary.
It only targets arthropods.
Some individuals do not treat for it, some use other methods like pipe fish.
It will affect the coloration, growths and PE to some degree and some corals more than others.
I found the treatment to be very easy, once you acquire the medication.
The unfortunate part was it did kill my shrimp, hermits, crabs. All pods took a huge hit, and it seemed to stress sm. brittle stars but do no harm. I would not hesitate to do it again.
I can spot them with a naked eye, but I've gotta look really hard. It's the yellow spot I'll be able to see.
I've had them a couple times myself, but a couple treatments and they're gone.
Interceptor takes it's toll on crustaceans. Your larger ones will probably be able to handle it (so long as you do an appropriate dosage), but your smaller ones probably won't (read: hermits). My coral banded shrimp, while clearly a bit loopy during treatment, manages to make it through. Snails, other inverts, are unaffected, as they're not crustaceans.
That is good to hear. How do you propose that I confirm this? I have heard that interceptor can sometimes cause other corals (besides acros) to further color up - possibly by killing other parasites that are not visible to the naked eye. Has anyone else experienced this?
Lol what do you mean "once you acquire the medication"?
It can be difficult to obtain considering it's a medication prescribed by vets to treat heartworm (I believe).
As for confirming if you have the bugs or not, get a magnifying glass and take a really close look at your corals or, in the alternative, if you have a camera with a good macro lens, take a close up picture of your coral and see if you can spot them that way.
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