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Old 05/16/2018, 10:03 PM   #1
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If a zoa colony dies does it release toxins into the water?

Setting up a new tank, bringing my live rock from existing tank over to the new tank. One rock is covered with some (150+) nice orange zoas, which I donít want taking over any of my main rockwork in the new setup.

Question, letís say I flip the rock over in the new tank and said zoas die a slow death due to no light, will they release their toxins into the water and poison the other corals/fish/me/etc? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but you canít be too careful with the corals that can send you to the hospital. It is either flip the rock and let them die, or give to my lfs for trade in of some sort.

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Old 05/16/2018, 10:12 PM   #2
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If you have 150orange zoa's on a rock it is definitely worth trading or selling on a local group or getting credit at the LFS. With that said yes you can flip it to smother without big problems.

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Old 05/17/2018, 06:17 AM   #3
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Trade them. Even if you get less than what you think they should be worth it's better than risking toxins for one. Second those tough bastards may survive and start to grow up the sides of the flipped rock.


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Old 05/17/2018, 06:54 AM   #4
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post a pic of the orange zoas, most likely they are not toxic


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Old 05/17/2018, 07:19 AM   #5
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I second the trading notion. Worst case scenario, you take it to a local fish store and trade them for a comparably sized piece of live rock and some credits.


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Old 05/17/2018, 02:56 PM   #6
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Here is a pic of them, actually two kinds of zoas on there. I will trade in the entire rock. Any estimates on what it could be worth?


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Old 05/18/2018, 10:02 PM   #7
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I'm in Chicago...how big it the rock?


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Old 05/20/2018, 04:12 AM   #8
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Definitely trade it in if you don't want them. I guess it depends on what you have as far as how much it could be worth. If they were utter chaos, those sell for about $15 a polyp from a local reefer probably double that at a LFS.


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those are zoanthids, not toxic


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Old 05/20/2018, 05:41 AM   #10
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They are too nice to kill off. If your afraid they will take over other rocks consider keeping the rock they are on separate on the sand away from other rock work. I do that with Green Star Polyp. I would love to have my zoas back but my fish suddenly to a liking to them before I could get them out.


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Old 05/20/2018, 08:30 AM   #11
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It is probably a 5-10lb rock. I will be taking the main rock structure a part here this week to move to my new tank and can send you a pic if interested. Just PM me.


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Old 05/20/2018, 06:31 PM   #12
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Here is a pic of them, actually two kinds of zoas on there. I will trade in the entire rock. Any estimates on what it could be worth?
Those are pretty nice zoanthids.
Easily worth $100 or more.


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Second those tough bastards may survive and start to grow up the sides of the flipped rock.

+1 On this... They always seem to come back. I've had some I've been trying to get rid of for a while now.

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