Here’s what you’ll need:
- Coral specimen(s)
- Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer for Soil & Turf
- 2-3 Plastic Containers
- Tank Water
- Small turkey baster
- About 10 minutes of your time
Here’s how you do it:
Float your newly arrived specimens in your aquarium, with the shipping bags still fully sealed, for about 10-15 minutes. This will allow the temperature to to equalize. Next, open the bag and mix with some water from your aquarium at a 50/50 ratio. Pour the water into an appropriately-sized plastic container. Inspect the specimen carefully and remove any unwanted growth (ie; microalgae, etc.). We use a 20x Jewelers Loupe to inspect for pests and eggs.
Once you’re convinced that the specimen is clean from any extra stuff, add the Bayer to the water. The reason we like Bayer is because we have tested multiple products and have found Bayer to be the most effective, particularly against AEFW. Bayer attacks the central nervous system of the pests and since coral does not have a central nervous system, it is gentle on the coral specimen. The Bayer should make up about 25-30% of the total solution. Leave in the solution for 7-10 mins. During this time, use a small turkey baster to gently blow the water into the coral specimen. Make sure you get it into all the nooks and crannies! You’ll be surprised at all the creepy-crawly things that can come out of a seemingly “clean” specimen when you do this.
Once the 7-10 mins is up, transfer to your next container which should have fresh tank water in it. Do NOT reuse the old water. Continue basting for another minute or so. We prefer an extra rinse cycle in a 3rd container of fresh tank water. This ensures that all of the Bayer is removed, especially for larger pieces with a lot of rock which can absorb the Bayer. It's just an extra measure to protect those curious inverts when you place it in the tank.
That’s the dip process. It’s easy. It’s quick. It’s important. And it works!