My peroxide dipping experience!

Discussion in 'Reef Chemistry' started by tr1gger, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    So after purchasing some frags from a friend, my LA Lakers ended up developing some hair algae all around the plug. So after some research I had been reading about peroxide dipping to rid hair algae from plugs.

    I had read anywhere from 30-70 mix to full peroxide dips. So I decided to go for it and see what happened.

    I must say that my first attempt was successful. Using 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, the standard over the counter kind, I am successfully hair algae free on that plug.

    My recipe was half container of tank water and the rest was peroxide. So my mix is 50/50.



    I proceeded to take the frag out and let the polyps completely close up. I then let them sit in the solution for EXACTLY 4 minutes. Use a timer of some such. While its in the solution it will bubble and fizz. After the 4 minutes I swooshed it around in another container of tank water to dilute whatever peroxide may be left.

    Now after this it took a day or two for the polyps to want to fully open again. I am guessing that it is pretty irritating to them after being dipped like that. Another thought is that the dip water is MUCH colder than the tank. My solution for this, is I will be floating the closed bottle of peroxide in my pre-mixed saltwater for 24 hours before to raise the temp. of the peroxide. I will post polyp reaction the next time I do it.


    If you have any questions about my experience, I would be happy to answer them. Sorry I don't have a before and after photo!
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  2. zeroinverse

    zeroinverse Guest

    Awesome! I hate hair algae on my plugs and I did not know this trick. Thanks!
    Will be trying this on my zoa plugs.

    Any idea what works for SPS frag plugs? :)
  3. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    Oh right! Do NOT do this on SPS! Forgot to add that. I haven't researched it, maybe there is something though.
  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    If you only submerge the plug its fine. Make a holder that puts the frag out of water and only the plug in the solution
  5. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    hmm interesting. i've always been able to get rid of hair algae by dipping in stuff (coral rx, iodine, etc) and lightly scrubbing.

    this may be something new i try
  6. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    Even then, the fizzing and bubbling is enough to get the solution onto the coral. I don't think its worth it to do to SPS frags.
  7. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Yep we been doing this method for years with Z's and P's to get rid of HA and other algae on the plugs or growing between the polyps. Also tried it for fungus and other Z's and P's ailments.
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  8. monkeybiz

    monkeybiz Guest

    nice, thanks for the write up!

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