New coral? Protect your tank from pests. | How To Tuesday

December 30th, 2014
Coral dip is an ultra-affordable, easy way to protect your tank from pests when placing a new coral. All you need is a coral dip, like Coral Rx and a container. While it may be tempting, I don't recommend using containers or bowls from your kitchen as they are likely to have soap or other cleaners on them.

How to dip your corals:

Coral Dip (such as Coral Rx)
Bowl / container

Strainer (super helpful!)
Small pump (great if you have one but not necessary)
Baster (perfect for target-blasting pests)

Step 1:
Fill your bowl using saltwater from your tank.

Step 2:
Add coral dip according to instructions. We used Coral Rx in this video which calls for four capful's per gallon.

Step 3:
Add small pump if you have one. If not, swish to coral by hand or with a strainer to agitate the pests. You can also use a baster to blast the coral free of pests.

Step 4:
Let coral sit for 5-10 minutes and then agitate again, or blast using a baster.

Step 5:
Add coral to tank!

Tip: It's generally not suggested to use the same dip mix for multiple corals, as the corals can release toxins. It really depends on coral type though, I personally wouldn't recommend using the same dip on different species of coral.

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