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RogueGrown
01/19/2017, 11:04 AM
I'm very new to the hobby and picked up a couple frags. The one on the bottom was grabbed up from petco and looks way better now than when I brought it home a month ago. The orange one was bought from a local guy here for cheap. I just put it in there two days ago and am happy to see its showing itself already. Any tips will be much appreciated.

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sharkboy99999
01/19/2017, 11:07 AM
Zoanthids

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AlSimmons
01/19/2017, 11:08 AM
This link might help.

http://www.wetwebmedia.com/ca/volume_1/cav1i1/blane-zoanthids/zoanthids.htm

RogueGrown
01/19/2017, 11:20 AM
Zoanthids

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I kbows they're zoanthids I'm wanting to know what kind they are.

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AlSimmons
01/19/2017, 12:02 PM
I'm not really sure about the zoanthids on the left, but the ones on the right are Gorilla Nipples.

http://www.zoabrary.com/m/#data

RogueGrown
01/19/2017, 02:53 PM
I'm not really sure about the zoanthids on the left, but the ones on the right are Gorilla Nipples.

http://www.zoabrary.com/m/#data
Thank you!!! I really like the orange ones. I just hope they'll grow in a bit better than how the previous owner kept them. Is there a good way the "train" zoanthids.

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AlSimmons
01/19/2017, 04:08 PM
What do you mean by "train?"

RogueGrown
01/19/2017, 04:13 PM
Train them to grow how you want them. A lot of gardeners train plants to grow in certain directions or arrangements

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sde1500
01/20/2017, 06:19 AM
Not really, though I do believe if you direct significant flow on them they tend to grow away from it, but they also may not do well.

RogueGrown
01/20/2017, 08:31 AM
🤔 this might be something to play with. Thank you

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75mixedreef
01/20/2017, 08:48 AM
Usually you just frag what you don't want and/or put them on the shaped rock you want them to cover.

sde1500
01/20/2017, 11:29 AM
🤔 this might be something to play with. Thank you

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I'd suggest first getting used to keeping corals. Successfully keep, and grow corals before experimenting with things.

RogueGrown
01/20/2017, 11:55 AM
I really don't see this as being a dangerous experiment. By placing a coral into a certain current and seeing if it has a different growth pattern is merely an observation.

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xanthurum
01/20/2017, 07:49 PM
Zoas just spread they don't have a growth pattern. No rhyme or reason for how and when they split.

sde1500
01/22/2017, 05:32 AM
I really don't see this as being a dangerous experiment. By placing a coral into a certain current and seeing if it has a different growth pattern is merely an observation.

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Maybe so, but they also may not grow at all if they don't like the conditions.

organism
01/22/2017, 03:46 PM
I really don't see this as being a dangerous experiment. By placing a coral into a certain current and seeing if it has a different growth pattern is merely an observation.

It's not a dangerous one but it's kind of a pointless one... Zoas grow outward starting from a point. Flow and lighting will do a very small amount of change, but for the most part they spread like a growing circle.

Also fwiw those zoas in the first pic are not doing well, they're falling apart under too little flow and what seems to be some kind of bacterial infection. imo at this point in the hobby you should be focused on getting them to grow and thrive, otherwise you're kind of putting the cart ahead of the horse... It would be like in gardening if someone had a couple of dying sprouts in unhealthy soil and was asking how to train them when they turn into bonsai trees.

What's that stuff on your rocks btw, is it tons of cyano?

RogueGrown
01/22/2017, 03:54 PM
It's not a dangerous one but it's kind of a pointless one... Zoas grow outward starting from a point. Flow and lighting will do a very small amount of change, but for the most part they spread like a growing circle.

Also fwiw those zoas in the first pic are not doing well, they're falling apart under too little flow and what seems to be some kind of bacterial infection. imo at this point in the hobby you should be focused on getting them to grow and thrive, otherwise you're kind of putting the cart ahead of the horse... It would be like in gardening if someone had a couple of dying sprouts in unhealthy soil and was asking how to train them when they turn into bonsai trees.

What's that stuff on your rocks btw, is it tons of cyano?
The pic was taken the day after the zoas were introduced to the tank so they weren't very happy.

The stuff on the rocks I'm still trying to control. The tank is new and I'm working on getting the kinks out. I thought it was diatoms personally. If you have any advise I'd love to take some in.

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RogueGrown
01/22/2017, 03:57 PM
The zoas on the right have been in here for about a month, I got them from petco... they looked horrible at first but have grown in and doubled in size.

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RogueGrown
01/22/2017, 04:01 PM
Here is an updated pic 365872

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RogueGrown
01/22/2017, 04:05 PM
This morning I hooked up another AC70 to create a fuge with. I have some seaweed in it in hopes that it will help combat my algae.

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btownbrett
01/26/2017, 11:10 AM
Usually I just place my zoas on segregated rock and they eventually cover the whole thing. Sometimes they go up and sometimes they go down, but in the end fully cover everything.