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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.

What are coral dips?

Coral dips can be used to treat new coral before introducing it into your aquarium. They sterilise your corals in order to prevent infections and stowaways from entering your tank. Coral dip acts as a medication for corals, expelling common coral pests while remaining gentle on the host coral.

Why might I buy coral dips?

Dips cleanse the surface of coral, lowering the risk of disease development such as tissue necrosis, coral bleaching, mycosis, and brown jelly syndrome. Coral dips are ideal for introducing new corals to the tank as well as quarantining them. The bathing process ensures that corals have a healthy appearance, growth, and development.

What are the main types of coral dips?

Many of the coral dips we carry 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 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.