Good time for zoas Durban

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  1. denrzn

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    Hi guys

    When and where is the best time can I go to check for zoas in Durban
     
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  3. Wesd

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    low tide (spring low being the best of course) and you'll find them pretty much anywhere there are rock pools (umhlanga, isipingo, brighton, treasure, etc), most are in very shallow water or exposed at low (the exposed ones are generally closed though so you cant see there colours), hope this helps :)
     
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    How do you remove them from the rocks without damaging or killing them
     
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    there are a few ways you can do it, #1 - hammer and chisel (basically chisel a thin sliver of rock from behind the zoa frag you want) this method is a bit of hit and miss as often the rocks are difficult to chisel through and most people are not very big fans of someone walking down the beach wacking at rocks. #2 - if the rocks are smooth you can take a paint scraper and just scrape under the frag. #3 - (my personal favourite) take a skrew driver and use the same method as the paint scraper. Just remeber you dont need more than 10 to 20 polyps to start your own colony, so try not take more than that, i will try post some pics of the frags i got a few weeks ago (still havnt glued them so they are temporarily being held in place by elastic bands)
     
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    A bit of a better idea is when you have zoa frags and want to attach to some LR,
    use normal brown cotton. you can weave it between the polyps. it doesnt look unattractive in a DT and can be removed in a few days;).
     
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    thanks brentv, the elastic is just temporary when i get my LR i will be super glueing the zoas in the positions i want them, but will definately try your way on one of the frags and see how it compares :) . I will hopefully remember to get those pics up i forgot about yesterday, when i get home ;) .
     
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    Pls can u put up the pics I'm really eager to check them out
     
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    the pics arent great, sorry, the yellow is not a zoa its a sun coral (tubastrea) frag that was given to me (you can find them locally but cannot collect them as they are a hard coral)

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    Thx buddy for the pics,

    I was scared to take them because someone told if i didn't take them out properly I could poison my complete tank
     
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    some zoas do secrete a toxin, when you first remove them do not put them in the same bucket (if you are collecting fish at the same time i mean, if its just corals just throw them into the same bucket), when you get home take them out of the water you transported them in and leave them in a bucket of 'fresh' salt water for a day (if you want to be safe) you can put them straight into your tank if you want. Also make sure you wash your hands properly after you handle them, the toxin is harmful to humans if it gets into your system. :)
     
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