lets see your local zoas

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  1. reefer101

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    Been puddle hopping came across some beautiful zoa alot of different colour morphs

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    Sorry for bad quality pics i dont have a good camera so these.pics dont do justice.
    Have more different morphs thats i found...problem no data..lets see what you have
     
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    Picked up these lovely guys in umhlanga.
     
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    Nice is that a snail or crab next to it?
     
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    In the first pic
     
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    lovely zoas reefer 101
     
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    I think it was a hermit if I remember correctly
     
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    This was my JBJ nano a few years ago in 2009, 95% of the zoas were local (including all the blues and reds). But now I chose angels above zoas in my tank, so no zoas currently, need to set up an angel free tank for zoas again one day.
     
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    Wow that is absolutely amazing!!! Do you mind if I asked if you could pm me your number? My current tank is mainly Zoas and shrooms and I'd love to pick your brain on optimum conditions for Zoas
     
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    Sure, no problem, although it was an easy tank to maintain. Had a 150w MH on top with a 22000k Giesemann globe I think. Had a HOB reef octo skimmer BH-100 I think. Nothing in back compartments except for heater and return pump.

    Dosed or tested nothing ever, but did do 90% weekly water changes religiously, which was about a bucket full of new water on that tank per week, left just enough so the fish will stay wet. Can't remember the salt brand, might have been Aquamedic, or Tetra. That is it, never knew any parameters except salinity and temperature.
     
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    If i may asked @hotdog83 were in kzn did you colect then.
     
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    My experience with collecting zoa or button polyps.

    DO NOT take a big piece. The damage you done on the "frag" you take will be too much. Once the grey slime takes over, you most likely will loose the complete colony anaway. Do not put hermits or snails in same container. The toxins from the zoa will just kill the hermits, causing even more water quality issues. Check for a mussel overgrown with zoa and try to collect that, cut complete mussel from the rock. Do not squeeze the zoa on the shell. Keep as few as possible zoa frags together. They should not touch each other, as once they get the grey slime, it will just spread to all touching frags. If one side of a frag do get that grey slime, cut that away immediately, hopefully still be able to safe part of the frag.

    CHECK for crabs in between. Small crabs do hide in between the zoa or button polyps. Also why a smaller frag is better, easier to spot crabs and spiders.
     
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    Mostly Umhlanga and Umdloti, but they are anywhere where there are rockpools. Just go during spring low. Agree with Riaan, we have been over eager to collect big colonies before, and most of the time it ended in disaster with them sliming over, seems to be a chain reaction once a colony starts going bad. The smell of dead zoas is horrendous.
     
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    These are the only zoas I currently have, they are in my coral qt away from hungry angels, collected a very small frag in 2011 in Mauritius on our honeymoon as a souvenir. Strange thing is there are almost no zoas in Mauritius where we snorkelled, mostly sps and lps, had to really search for them:


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    Here are a few of mine...

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    Wow, those are pretty impressive for local zoas! Those red ones!
     
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    Some awesome zoas guys
     
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    Awesome tank u had there hotdog... Mr Armani where did you collect those blues and reds from?
     
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    I new they were something I hadn't seen, and hence had to buy them

    Not sure where they are from but they cost me for the whole colony R1500, I am looking for mushroom and rich's colonies though, and moving away from zoas, so if you have something nice to trade then, give me a headsup, I like blue and purple mushrooms...just saying...;)
     
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    Nice! So not locally collected?
     
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