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What do you use to dip your corals?  I've only used RO in the past, but was wondering if I should use something else, either instead of, or as well as.

Thoughts anyone?  Recommendations of where to buy?
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Reply #1

Only have a fee corals and haven't dipped any, would be interested to see what tis post brings.
I should really sort this out!!

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I've had to pick out a few unwanted hitchhikers before. So am interested to hear of a good value, effective dip.

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I've got Seachem Iodine Coral dip.

It's very powerful, thick, dark solution and a couple ML in a litre is plenty, it disperses like ink into the water.

You're supposed to use saltwater from the tank with it, but that then relies on the iodine alone. When dipping my Zoas that were being munched by zoa eating nudis (and later, zoa eating asterinas!), I used RO instead for double the punch. The Zoas are pretty indestructible when closed up, so they can handle it no problem, the molluscs and echinoderms can't!

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i've heard of people using dettol!
I should really sort this out!!

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I used to use iodine tincture at 45 drops per litre. But I now use reef scientific coral dip. I believe burscough aq are one of if not the only stockist of this dip. It is very good and only cost £12


FYI don't use RO to dip SPS corals or you will kill the coral due to osmotic shock. Tap water would be safer to use.

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Reply #6

I just bought this:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/220784430364?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

My plan is to use it as a dip, and to dose.
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Reply #7

Here it is £5 cheaper! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/30ml-Lugols-Iodine-High-Strength-with-Dropper-12-/191120153749?pt=UK_Health_Beauty_Vitamins_Supplements&hash=item2c7fa61c95

I've got an iodine dip, but i'm too scared to use it to dose. I don't know enough. It says not to, and I don't know if it's too strong, or not the right stuff, etc... :undecided:
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Reply #8

As per the article on food, and as with most people doing water changes, you probably don't have to.  Most people are maintaining well over natural levels anyway. 

On second thoughts, I probably won't dose.  I will rely on food and trace amounts from dipping new corals unless I have a reason to believe I'm running low.
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Do you dip when fragging or just new introductions?
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Reply #10

You can do both; dipping new introductions is to rid them of potential parasites, dipping when fragging is to "disinfect" the "wound". I never have though, I prefer the least stress possible approach, but I've never fragged anything really delicate like SPS. I wouldn't dip leathers after fragging as they're sponge-like and might absorb some of the dip which I'd imagine could do more harm than good.
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I recently dipped my wall hammer . It started to recede tissue and I was losing it . I dipped in lugol's iodine for 20 mins and its looking alot better. I dont know what started the tissue loss in the first place but dip seems to have halted it for now anyway

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Reply #12

i never used to dip stuff. got some free when buying the frag tank and used it. will dip everything now. stuff always seems to settle quicker and never any parasites.

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Reply #13

Watched this today, really good vid for anyone new to coral dips:
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