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Removing Blue Snowflake Polyps From Frag Plugs

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kbass   

Blue Snowflake polyps...you either love them or hate them. From personal experience, this coral can quickly spread throughout a tank and it really does not matter if you isolate them or not. Once they are in your tank, they will spread and little can be done to prevent it. On the bright side, they will not hurt SPS or LPS; however, they will grow on all areas that don't have live flesh. On the down side, they will grow in between zoas / palys. If you are like me, this is an annoyance. Even worst, you don't want them in your tank and one sides through on zoa frag.

 

For the better part of year, I have been trying to figure out how to kill this coral without killing everything else in my tank. The only thing I could find in my research was "Fluke Tabs", which are not for sale anymore. Every other thing I tried has not been effective to this point...in the tank environment. So, I have just decided I will have blue snowflake polyps in my future tank. :( 

 

With that said, I did find a way to safely remove them from frag plugs that contain zoas/plays without killing the zoas/palys. I have tested this dip with four different zoa plugs that had blue snowflakes mixed in with them. The method has been 100% effective within two days. The zoas were irritated for about a day, but all frags are recovered and have no blue snowflake polyps.

 

Blue Snowflake Dip

 

1 part - Magnesium (I used the standard BRS recipe (magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride))

1 part - Tank Water

 

Place frag plug in mixture for 5 minutes...swirl around, don't rinse, put back into the tank. 

 

Within 24 to 48 hours the blue polyps were gone, and zoas were opening back up.

 

Disclaimer: I have not tried this dip with anything other than zoas/palys.

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nolefan   

To be safe I just don't buy plugs or coral that have blue cloves .. I'm so paranoid if I see it in your tank probably would buy a coral from their either ... I put every new coral in my sump for observation I see cloves they are going in to trash just not a chance I want to take .. Some people love that stuff and I remember in the 90's that stuff was high dollar like zenia

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