Zoa morphing

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  1. rakabos

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    Im not sure how many people know about this so I thought i'd share it...

    It's called zoa morphing and simply put it is cross breeding of zoa colonies to form a zoa with new colors and attributes. I havent had any success that i know of yet doing this, but the theory is to have two different zoas touching each other so that their mats start to grow together. This in theory leads to a new unique offspring. Could be interesting to see this in my tank with all the zoas nicely bunched...

    More info here:

    Creating Zoanthid Morphs – A Challenging Experiment | reef tools
     
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  3. Jaco Schoeman

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    Do you think that fragging them in half and placing the two together would work too? You know like adding a apple branch to a orange tree, then the tree grows both type of setup?

    Just wondering?
     
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    Nah i doubt that, its gonna be so messy dunno if its even possible with all the slime...

    hmmmmmm maybe a paly which is harder and bigger...
     
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    No thats how its done...well I am not saying its the only way its done, but that is the way I have seen it done. A friend of mine used to do it with his zoas...exactly like Jaco said, you cut them in half and stick them together...they will then heal together as a one and the next generation will be a colour morph of the two.
     
  6. Kunhardt

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    I doubt that works, from my experiences with two different zoas growing next to one another the stronger more dominant one tends to land up growing over the weaker one not mixing with it.
     
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    i think you will have a better chance with the matting method over splicing, chuck some roids over your colonies to speed up their growth :tt2:
     
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    Well if you read the article they do state that they are having the most success with splicing them.

    Interesting concept. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    Ciao
     
  9. Kunhardt

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    Someone who doesnt pay attention to what I said. ;)

    Someone who did. :p
     
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    mmm i think im gonna try this thanks for the interesting read:thumbup:
     
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    Me 'im gonna play around - See if I cant make interesting colours of the Zoas that I got. imagine a lime coloured rainbow!!
     
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    Very interesting I'm however staying away from fragging Zoa's, hear to many scary stories :y13:
     
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    i am so doing this :) my green zoas are starting to go out of control :1:
     
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    Im gonna cut some up this weekend and see if this actually works ;)
     
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    Very interesting! Cool idea...
     
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