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mike61289
02/20/2017, 09:08 AM
Just got myself a frag of 6 rastas yesterday. They opened up right away and are doing well so far. There isn't much info out there about their care though.

Does anyone have experience with these that they'd like to share? Is it best to place them in high light? High water movement? Feed them (how often)?

mike61289
02/21/2017, 07:03 PM
Anybody? Rasta info?

organism
02/21/2017, 08:12 PM
Lower to medium light with moderate flow in my tank. On a side note no zoas need food.

mike61289
02/21/2017, 08:33 PM
Lower to medium light with moderate flow in my tank. On a side note no zoas need food.

Thank you!

AlSimmons
02/23/2017, 10:40 AM
They've always melted for me, no matter where I placed them or where I got them from. :(

mike61289
02/23/2017, 01:32 PM
That's not encouraging.

How long did you have them before they melted?

jd371
02/23/2017, 01:51 PM
I had a total of 16-17 polyps form the same colony on two separate plugs that I bought from a member on here. The polyps on one of the plugs melted away, but the other is doing alright...growing really slow but otherwise okay.
They were placed in the same location in the tank.

Kremis
02/23/2017, 02:01 PM
I picked up a frag of 3, and now I have 30+ a year later. Does well in my tank with moderate light and moderate flow, and is a relatively fast grower. The other red zoanthids I had right next to it melted though, but they do fine in another area of the tank, makes no sense.

AlSimmons
02/23/2017, 02:22 PM
That's not encouraging.

How long did you have them before they melted?

For the first couple weeks or so they looked ok, but after that it was just a slow decline. I've got a Space Monster and some other unknown polyps doing the same thing right now. I just don't get it. The tank has been set up for about 8 years and the rest of my corals look fine, but for some reason certain zoanthids just don't like my tank. Rastas, Gold Mauls, Blue Hornets, Purple Hornets, Mohawks, GBP have all melted in my tank at one time or another.

mike61289
02/24/2017, 11:51 AM
I've read that they were hit or miss. The frag I got came from a colony that has been at my lfs for a few years so I'm hoping they'll do well and spread.

As of right now, they're always open. I only see them closed when my cleaner shrimps decide it's fun to walk on them... They open back up within seconds of the shrimps moving away though. They're still on a plug in the sand acclimating to my light, but I'm inclined to move them up to the rocks because the polyps seems to be doing well.

jda
02/28/2017, 10:18 AM
They grow like crazy for me under metal halide and SPS/Natural-Reef quality parameters. I have some in my frag tank under 4" of water directly under a 250W 20K radium and they glow and grow like crazy.

DrChop
02/28/2017, 11:23 AM
I have some that are growing out well. While I don't specifically feed mine, I use Red Sea Reef Energy A&B along with Reef Roids and Reef Chili (alternating every few days) and PE Calanus. Bought 1 single head is now 8. Keep in the lower 1/3rd of my tank (jbj 28g) and they are cranking out well. Not the clearest pic, but here they are full light and blues

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16865219_1655784961100123_1766921738331597587_n.jpg?oh=68c1dbd7c3dec0ff78b56cb9f960cfc3&oe=5943C780
https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16830861_1644932598852026_7625360891216742551_n.jpg?oh=fb0afefb092009696fc13f6eab27d678&oe=594150FB

FattyK21
02/28/2017, 02:56 PM
SWEET MAN
I finally got me some rastas about a week or 2 ago
Went to store yesterday and they had some BOB MARLEYS so had to get those lol
The wife said we can start calling the tank the 420 LOL

jda
02/28/2017, 04:47 PM
Metal Halide and clean reef-quality water...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/jdadams12/BunchaRastas.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jdadams12/media/BunchaRastas.png.html)

mike61289
03/01/2017, 06:56 AM
I love the pics and the info! Thanks for sharing everyone!

I moved my frag of 6 polyps off the sand and onto a rock last weekend. They're looking great! I never see them close and that's what I love about them.

Here are mine so far. I wish they weren't on the frag plate, but whatever. Since they're doing well, I don't want to risk damaging them by removing them.

ryeguyy84
03/01/2017, 08:17 AM
looks like there's a rock underneath that's glued to the plug. I'd just pop it off with a Flathead screwdriver.

*wear gloves and eye protection :-)

mike61289
03/01/2017, 10:21 AM
looks like there's a rock underneath that's glued to the plug. I'd just pop it off with a Flathead screwdriver.

*wear gloves and eye protection :-)

Everyone keeps saying that they don't like any major disturbances. I'd rather leave them be and let them grow onto the plug and eventually onto the rock.

Thanks for the suggestion though.

PsychoticBeauty
03/01/2017, 10:26 AM
I wouldn't mess with them either. It's only a matter of time before they completely cover that frag plug anyways. (hopefully)

mike61289
03/01/2017, 01:54 PM
I'm hoping that will be the case!

mike61289
03/26/2017, 03:14 PM
3 new heads are growing in! I'll soon be up to 9 heads :)

surferarnie
03/26/2017, 04:59 PM
I have mine up high under kessil 360's and t5's and they are growing like crazy.


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jeremevans
04/05/2017, 01:38 PM
Metal Halide and clean reef-quality water...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/jdadams12/BunchaRastas.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jdadams12/media/BunchaRastas.png.html)


That is a nice rock!

sde1500
04/06/2017, 06:10 AM
Mine have been pretty hardy. Hardy in the sense they haven't been treated very kindly by me and they are still alive, and finally starting to grow again. Dealt with some algae issues that come and go, knocked them off the rock they had been glued to and had to take them out to glue them back. They weren't spreading but they weren't melting either. Just popped out a new head so feeling hopeful that continues.

fischcrazy
04/10/2017, 07:18 PM
Mine are very happy 8" from 6x39w T5s just to the side of a high flow spot. Started with a 6 polyp head on 3/18 and now have 9 polyps. I feed reef roids to my tank 3x/wk and a few of the polyps seem to be getting some food as i feed.

mike61289
04/11/2017, 10:38 AM
Cool! My 6 Rasta polyps are now 9 as well. They're about a foot below my LEDs but are always open :)

Thepipbull
04/20/2017, 11:05 AM
great sounds like you found the happy place for them

mike61289
04/21/2017, 08:35 PM
great sounds like you found the happy place for them

It would seem so! They seem to be pretty content. I noticed a new head growing in tonight. Since the other 3 came in together, I'm wondering if 2 others (or more) will grow in at the same time as this new head :)

They're my only zoas in the tank thus far. I'm considering getting a few more rarer zoas to add to the tank and making a small garden on one side of the tank. My LFS has a variety of beauties available. Any suggestions for my next frag?

RivieraBayReef
05/02/2017, 06:42 PM
The rastas look great! I'll have to pick some of those up.

I just picked up some bam bams, fruit loops, and a single polyp head of magician? I'm wondering if stores just make these up as they get them in. I'll try to get some pictures of them. It's amazing what they charge for just a couple polyps. Luckily zoanthids have done well in my tank.

mike61289
05/03/2017, 04:52 AM
The rastas look great! I'll have to pick some of those up.

I just picked up some bam bams, fruit loops, and a single polyp head of magician? I'm wondering if stores just make these up as they get them in. I'll try to get some pictures of them. It's amazing what they charge for just a couple polyps. Luckily zoanthids have done well in my tank.

That's awesome! I've been wanting some fruit loops, but haven't come across them yet. The prices for the zoas is definitely a bit crazy but so far worth it. I might go for sunny d's next. My lfs always has those available ;)

sde1500
05/03/2017, 07:14 AM
The rastas look great! I'll have to pick some of those up.

I just picked up some bam bams, fruit loops, and a single polyp head of magician? I'm wondering if stores just make these up as they get them in. I'll try to get some pictures of them. It's amazing what they charge for just a couple polyps. Luckily zoanthids have done well in my tank.

Some stores most certainly do. Though those three are pretty well established names.

RCS82
05/18/2017, 09:59 PM
My rasta's have grown an insane amount right on the bottom of the tank. They don't reach for any light where as my sunny d's I can not get them any higher in the tank and they love it up there.
But everyone's tank is different. I generally start all zoas down low and if they stretch out then they get moved up.

Dennio
05/29/2017, 06:38 PM
low light , medium /low flow in my tank.