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Old 03/20/2018, 11:17 AM   #1
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Can you remove Zoa colony from main rock safely

So I am upgrading tanks and have some nice orange zoas, rastas, and another no name which are doing very well and have spread onto my main rocks in my current tank. I plan on using these rocks in my new setup, but don't want zoas all over everything in my main structures. Is there an easy, "safe" way to remove them when they have worked their way into crevices, etc? I don't want to end up in the hospital for obvious reasons.


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Old 03/20/2018, 11:27 AM   #2
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Or in my new tank if I just turned the rock over so it wasn’t under light, or put another ock on top of them so they got no light would they release a lot of toxin that would harm the tank inhabitants and/or me? Preferably would like to remove and sell for cheap.


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Old 03/20/2018, 06:55 PM   #3
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Usually Zoas do not contain any palytoxins but if you have palythoas especially certain ones ( large brown or nuclear greens ) then I would be worried . You can cover them with epoxy in the crevices that would help but may make your skimmer go crazy for a little while . Hope this helps !


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Old 04/15/2018, 06:19 PM   #4
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Hammer and Screwdriver to chip out the shallow area they are on, then sell as frags.


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Old 04/19/2018, 09:06 AM   #5
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You can peel them off of rocks, unless they are deep in small crevices, which makes it difficult.
I've done it with an x-acto knife (or something else super sharp), just go really slow so you do not damage them.
Totally do-able.


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Old 04/19/2018, 04:50 PM   #6
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Very difficult to do on anything that is not completely flat. You can try to frag as much as possible and leave in tank. Then let the rock dry out, all the zoas with die off and not infest new tank.


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