SPS + Zoas?

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  1. ChrisNell

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    I have some good success with my first few SPS's, but have been attracted to the vibrant colours of the zoanthids family. I also notice that the SPS's higher up on my LR seems to do better than those lower down (lighting I suppose).

    So would it make sense to maybe populate the top half of my display with SPS and the bottom with colourfull zoas, or would lower nutrient levels have a negative impact on the zoas? I am using SpecialBlend with vodka.
     
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    Chris, I have seen a lot of tanks with SPS and zoas. As far as I can understand the main problem with keeping SPS and softies is the chemical warfare and nutritional needs. Zoas are in my opinion the best candidates to keep with sps.

    Google a bit and hear what the experts have to say.

    Hope it helps.

    Niel
     
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    Thanks Niel - good to hear that they seem to be compatible!
     
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    There wont be any problems.. I have zoas growing around my SPS colonies without issues
     
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    The low nutrients wont affect them
     
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    Interesting... Tagging along..
     
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    will they be happy if flow is a bit higher than what softies are normally exposed to?
     
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    Well most Zoas thrive in high flow areas such as rock pools etc, as long as its not laminar flow, I think they would be fine...
     
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    my only caution would be them detaching themselves and re-attaching next to your prized SPS and then the stinging starts. I had more of that as an issue with paly's though. Zoa's should not be a problem as a "ground cover" item.
     
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    Makes sense Adrian. A follow-up question would be how one would remove a zoa or paly close to an SPS without any harm done to the SPS? Mechanical, or something liek Joe's juice?
     
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    I've used a flat screw driver and just scraped them off, also injected with a strong calcium hydroxide solution. Joe's juice should also do the job as well.
     
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    You wont have any problems with zoas and SPS...I have my purple birdsnest growing out of the centre of a large zoa colony and a lot of other SPS pieces in my tank are close to or bases covered by zoas. Yes agree with Adrian in that the bases of those SPS are no longer alive due to the zoas...but where the zoas are not touching there is no negative effects.

    With regard to zoas and flow...they adjust themselves accordingly...zoas in a lower flow area u would notice extend more from the base and have more space between the polyps while zoas in higher flow areas tend to be more compact.

    The lighting issue, certain colour zoas do better in lowe light areas while some do better in higher light areas...all you will find though is that their colours will change accordingly as well.
     
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