Something eating my Zoas

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  1. Meneer

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    Something is eating my Zoa frags... :(

    Stock list:

    2 Clowns
    1 Regal
    1 Cleaner Wrasse
    1 Scopas Tang
    1 Pink Spotted Goby
    1 Bi-color blenny
    2 Electric Blue Hermits

    I'm thinking the Scopas, but I haven't read about them doing it....
     
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  3. archiecrain

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    Is it not something else in the tank? A crab hidding in your live rock? Have you seen any new snails or slugs since getting them?

    If Zoas are unhealthy even Amphipods will eat them....do they like your lighting and flow?
     
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    Check for a Sundail snail.
    Small wound snail that eat Zoa's
     
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    i was thinking the same check for them in between your zoas
     
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    zoa eating spiders, nudis...
     
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    Thanx - will have another look.... Could be in some LR I bought last week...
     
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    One thing Ive learnt is that it seems like practicaly everything eats Zoas....got to be super careful when adding new colonies and liverock from your LFS....
     
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    How big is the Regal? Mine has gotten bored in the past and torn up my zoas to the extent there is nothing left...he may also be the culprit.
     
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    now i get told
     
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    ive got what looks like a green sea hare but is tiny , i think he is munching on my zoas too. i think i am going to flush him when i get home this afternoon
     
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    With a tank full of zoas i can speak from some authority i reckon :p

    Things that eat zoas from my experience

    • Foxface - wiped out entire colonies over night until i spotted him doing it one day
    • Blue legged hermits - also saw one of mine doing it, he is now patrolling the sump
    • Zoa eating nudis - If you have these you have one option which is taking out all the zoas and dipping them to get rid of them. They are small but you can clearly see them on the closed polyps an hour or so after lights out. They will wipe your zoas out and can multiply at insane rates
    • Sundials - They are very easy to spot and you can just manually remove them, they dont do lots of damage but will eat colonies to the bone if you dont remove them
     
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    Sounds like a nudi, post a pic if u can
     
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    @Kunhardt My regal is medium size, so I doubt it's him...
    @MistaOrange - I think your frags was on the orange-looking bases? If it was, the one is fine, and the other one has 2 heads left....

    I don't see any Sundials in the tank, but will see tonight if I can see anything crawling around after it is dark....
     
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    Ok I'll make up a leka mixed frag for you Meneer just find that bugger so long. Watch the tank like a hawk!!!!:thumbup:
     
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    Might be your hermit crabs. Caught mine in the act!!!
     
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    Any progress @Meneer? Any crabs looking like this?
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    These guys do like to nibble on zoa I had a few of them until I got my mantis shrimp & now there's none. Well done Smeagol:thumbup:.
     
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    And look out for things that look like this!!

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    Those things make me and my zoas cringe!!
     
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    Whatever it was seemed to have stopped doing it....

    @ MistaOrange - Caught out 2 of those crabs in the beginning, so none of them left.
    @Slagter Saw something whitish like that on a complete different rock, but I assumed it was a copopod. Will have another look.
     
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