Plumbing issue - water heater

I installed a Bradford White electric water heater this past weekend and everything went well, except the threaded connections on the top of the water heater are leaking. The adaptor used to connect to the CPVC piping was a 3/4" Brass Female Adaptor (threaded brass on the bottom, female cpvc on top). I wrapped the connectors coming out of the heater with Teflon Tape (3-4 times around) and tightened the adaptor onto the connection, but it is still leaking (very slowly, but still leaking) where the adaptor joins the connector. Also the connector is starting to rust. I'm not sure what else I can do to stop the leaking, but I'd like to have a dry connection so my installation doesn't result in a quicker corrosion than would normally happen. Should I use pipe dope instead? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Also, the heater came with a blue and white tab inside the connections. The parts list calls these "Heat Trap Inserts (Inlet and Outlet)." Are these needed and will they stop the leaking?
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Disassemple use TEFLON TAPE AND PIPE DOPE IN COMBINATION!!!!
BOTH will do it checked fopr cracked plastic fittingfs dont overtighten!
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I've used teflon tape plus Rectorseal #5. Some folks use the blue sealant. But the old Rectorseal has worked well for me.
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