Recommended Treatment Protocol for coral tissue necrosis or bleaching

 

Common Signs of Coral Infected with RTN Parasites and STN Parasites

  1. Discoloration – loss of normal coloration in part or the whole coral, including bleaching of tissue or darkening of the coral tissue or green/brown pigmented skeleton.
  2. Closed or Retracted Polyps – prolonged polyp retraction.
  3. Tissue Loss – brown jelly, STN, or RTN.
  4. Melting tissue – soft coral tissue melting

 

Recommended Protocol for Treatment of Infected Coral and Saltwater System.

  1. Remove infected coral from your system.
  2. Dip coral with Prime Coral STOP RTN following directions.
  3. Place dipped corals into quarantine tank.
  4. Use 50-100 micron filter socks on all drain on your main system and quarantine tank to capture free swimming parasites. Change filter socks before they overflow.
  5. Add powerheads to increase in-tank flow in main system and quarantine system.
  6. Completely remove dead coral skeleton.
  7. Use Prime Coral epoxy and super-glue gel to completely cover any skeleton that cannot be removed.
  8. Treat quarantine tank (without fish) with Prime Coral Prevent RTN PRO (professional strength) in-tank treatment following directions.
  9. Monitor health of corals closely
  10. Repeat Prime Coral STOP RTN coral dip every 2 days. Maximum of 4 treatments.
  11. Treat your main system with Prime Coral Prevent RTN following directions.
  12. Return coral to systems when signs of infection have resolved.
  13. Not all infected corals will survive treatment.
  14. Corals with advance infection may not survive treatment.

Treat early BEFORE significant tissue loss. The longer you wait the less coral saved. 

Prime Coral STOP RTN and Prime Coral Prevent RTN are meant to be used together.

Multiple treatments of both Prime Coral STOP RTN and Prime Coral Prevent RTN are necessary to cure infected corals and purify a saltwater system. 

Prime Coral Prevent RTN only eliminates microscopic RTN parasites that are free swimming, within corals, and on infected corals. It is not effective against acropora eating flatworms, montipora eating nudibranchs, or black bugs.

Prime Coral STOP RTN eliminates flatworms, acropora eating flatworms, montipora eating nudibranchs, black bugs, and other pests.

Boosting Prime Coral Prevent RTN Treatment results in dramatically better elimination of  RTN parasite philaster from reef systems. 

March 8th 2019, Prime Coral Labs announces successful testing of a new in-tank dosing strategy results in dramatically better treatment of philaster in reef systems. By adding two booster doses of Prime Coral Prevent RTN, one in 45 minutes after the initial dose has synergistic effect on eliminating RTN parasite philaster from the water column.  RTN parasites use the water column to find and infect new corals. With the booster doses during repeated trials at Prime Coral Labs, the philaster protozoan coral parasite was successfully removed from the water column of the reef system with initial dose followed by booster doses by 98%. Each treatment with in-tank Prime Coral Prevent RTN resulted in 98% successful clearance of the RTN parasites in the water column. Boosting schedule recommended is as follows: 

PROTOCOL UPDATE 6/21/2019

After extensive testing at Prime Coral Labs, a modified triple boosting protocol has been developed for better results with the in-tank treatment, Prime Coral Prevent RTN. The updates have been added to the protocol below.

Treatment 1 (day 1): initial dose per Prime Coral Prevent RTN directions (1ml per 10 gallons actual water volume). 

Treatment 2 (day 3): initial dose per Prime Coral Prevent RTN directions. First booster dose 45 minutes after initial dose has been added. Booster dose is 10% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump.

Treatment 3 (day 5):  initial dose per Prime Coral Prevent RTN directions. First booster dose 45 minutes after initial dose has been added. First booster dose is 10% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump. Second booster dose 45 minutes after first booster dose has been added. Second booster dose is 10% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump.

Treatment 4 (day 7): initial dose per Prime Coral Prevent RTN directions. First booster dose 45 minutes after initial dose has been added. First booster dose is 10% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump. Second booster dose 45 minutes after first booster dose has been added. Second booster dose is 10% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump. Third booster dose 45 minutes after second booster dose has been added. Third booster dose is 10% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump.

Treatment 5 (day 9): initial dose per Prime Coral Prevent RTN directions. First booster dose 45 minutes after initial dose has been added. First booster dose is 20-25% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump. Second booster dose 45 minutes after first booster dose has been added. Second booster dose is 20-25% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump. Third booster dose 45 minutes after second booster dose has been added. Third booster dose is 20-25% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump.

Treatment 6 (day 11): initial dose per Prime Coral Prevent RTN directions. First booster dose 45 minutes after initial dose has been added. First booster dose is 20-25% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump. Second booster dose 45 minutes after first booster dose has been added. Second booster dose is 20-25% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump. Third booster dose 45 minutes after second booster dose has been added. Third booster dose is 20-25% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump.

Treatment 7 (day 13): initial dose per Prime Coral Prevent RTN directions. First booster dose 45 minutes after initial dose has been added. First booster dose is 20-25% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump. Second booster dose 45 minutes after first booster dose has been added. Second booster dose is 20-25% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump. Third booster dose 45 minutes after second booster dose has been added. Third booster dose is 20-25% of the initial dose, added immediately to the sump.

Repeat Treatment 7 as needed for outbreak of coral tissue necrosis.

*Initial dose should be dripped in the sump over 30 minutes. Boosting dose can be added immediately in the sump and does not need to be diluted in tank water.

See video for boosted treatment.

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