Coral Dips Help and Advice
Protecting your aquarium from pests
Even the best quality corals can carry nasty pests, and the use of a simple coral dip can make all the difference to your aquarium. These should never be added directly to your aquarium, but corals placed within the dip separately, ideally when you first get them, to remove unwanted parasites, and ensure good husbandry practices.
What are coral dips?
Coral dips can be used to treat new coral before adding it to your new aquarium. They sterilize your corals to stop infections and stowaways coming into your tank. Coral dip acts as a medication for corals using natural ingredients to expel common coral pests, while staying gentle on your host coral.
Why might I buy coral dips?
Dips cleanse the surface of coral which reduces the risk of developing many diseases, such as tissue necrosis, coral bleaching, mycosis or brown jelly syndrome. Coral dips are perfect for introducing new corals into the tank and for quarantine. The bathing process ensures healthy appearance, growth and development of corals.
What are the main types of coral dips?
Many of the coral dips we carry at Swell UK act as a disinfecting solution for bathing corals. They cleanse the surface of corals to reduce the risk of diseases developing and ensure your corals are healthy and parasite free before putting them into your aquarium.
What features should I look out for?
Harmful or undesirable invertebrates can hitchhike their way into an aquarium via corals. These pest organisms can add to the bio-load of the aquarium and turn a beautiful reef scape unsightly. Seachem Reef Dip contains elemental iodine complexed to a protective slime coat, which means it is safe and gentle when disinfecting corals. This will be effective against bacteria, and fungus, as well as protozoans. NT Labs Marine Coral Dip makes use of natural ingredients to expel these creatures from corals before introducing the coral to the aquarium.