Coral ID please?

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  1. MistaOrange

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    About 2 weeks ago I bought a coral from lfs & they told me that it was zoa now still new to coral I believed them. A few days pass & someone posts a pic of a coral asking for id & I swear that mine was almost identical to the 1 posted. But we can't just make a decision on description so here's pic's to help. Please help id this coral?
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    Those are def zoas... Just google zoanthids to see for yourself... :p
    Maybe you don't recognise the image because so many of them are still closed.
     
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    Thanx Dane
     
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    But what about the whitish film covering the rock? I thought zoa grow like polyps
     
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    Those are Zoa's MistaOrange. The white stuff is the Zoa's that are closed.
     
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    they will open up once they settled in.
    What lights are u running?these are of the hardiest corals u will get,so they will eventually open up
     
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    It looks as if latex has been stretched over the rock with the polyps sticking out as if it. I'll try to get a clearer pic & you'll see what I mean. I have other zoa which has no plastic looking film between the zoa at all so it's a bit confusing for me.
     
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    They are opening more each day
     
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    Yes, you get different types. Those are what's commonly known as seamats, a type of zoanthid that, in laymans terms, encrusts it's base mat over the rock (the latex stuff :p), whereas other types of zoanthids have sort of individual polyps.
     
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    fshu dude I was just in a panic from last pm which said other wise. Thanx viper I can relax now & calm down. I was just about to take it out & try to rinse it off, I think that would have ended up being a disaster. Thanx again:thumbup:
     
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    Don't stress about it dude, you will find that at some point they will all be open and multiplying across the entire rock. When you get to target feeding you will see that they will close when they "eat" and kinda look the same as now but open again. Also when the lights are out at night they close up too.

    I find a good way to guage your water on the whole is when your Zoe's don't have a hard time opening, if they struggle a little then it is more than likely your water just need to settle in a bit more. I have just been very lucky in that when I place new Zoe's into my system they always seem to open within a few hours - as I say, I just got lucky I guess and I don't have a perfectly established system
     
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