Zoa Problems

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  1. KevinR

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    Does anyone know what this is growing on my Zoa? Is it bad? What can I do about it?

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    some kind of sponge?
     
  4. KevinR

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    It does look like a sponge of sorts but is it bad for the zoa? must I remove it?
     
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    Try and remove it, that does not look right. I'm not sure what it is but I think you must try to remove it especially if it's spreading.
     
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    its not a sponge its a fungus, and to tell you the bad part there is nothing you can do to save it... best bet is to take a good part of the coral and frag it to a new piece of rock... i tried dips iodine coral cleansers there is no cure, sometimes a small piece survives but i frag mine and they doing well...

    was it transported overnight ? or longer than 3 hours ?
     
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    Makes sense...
     
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    Ok thanks. No it was not transported at all. It has been in my tank for about a month. And when I did bring here it was an hour trip. It has never been too happy in my tank. The other Zoa I got at the same time is doing well. Do you think it can spread in the tank?
     
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    no i have six diffrent colours in my tank, the one blue colony i bought had the same problem but it didnt spread to the others. but the others are spread over the tank and not directly next to the bad ones.. but i los the whole blue colony in 2 days but the 3 polyps i fragged made it through and slowly starting to split.
     
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    Its a fungus, that infects a polyp that got damaged. Then it spread to its neighboors and will eventually kill of the colony. Ensure it does not touch other colonies. Cut out cleanly the part that is sick, do not damage other polyps. Throw the infected part away. But you can smell it first, it will stink. It is dead already. Monitor the rest to ensure that it did not spread.
     
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    Excellent thanks for the advice. It is not next to any orher zoa's so hopefully the others will be ok. I will frag the colony tonight and chuck the infected parts.
     
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    if its on a rock just move the frags to new rock...
     
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    I had the same problem with a blue/green colony and I had to frag off most of the colony to get the remaining healthy polyps. As Riaan said you can smell it straight away. It stinks quite badly. Careful when fragging, wear gloves and goggles if you have the palytoxins are harmful to humans, make sure you wash off the fragged colony before adding it back to you tank. :thumbup:
     
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    How do you move them?
     
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    I've had what looks like that on my zoa's as well, but mine wasn't a fungus, it is just how mine grows, I bubble like lump forms and then in a weeks time new polyps start growing out of it. Does it feel like it is part of the zoa's or does it have the texture like a sponge. If it was in the middle of the zoa's I would be worried but it is on the outside, which is where the zoa's would start growing from... Just my opinion though, if it doesn't spread then I wouldn't be worried...
     
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