Zoanthid dominated system

Discussion in 'Beginner Discussions' started by crispin, 11 Aug 2008.

  1. crispin

    crispin

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    hello all,
    i have been thinking of changing direction on my tank slightly and going Fish dominated with a few softies or zoanthid dominated tank. Has this been done, if so anyone have pics???

    Will zoanthids compete chemically against each other and it it a viable option to aim at fulling 80cm or so of a reef with zoanthids?
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. gaz19

    gaz19

    Joined:
    10 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    1,783
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    durban,kloof
    it can be done, just remember that the more rock they cover the less surface area on the rock therefor less biological filtration.
     
  4. crispin

    crispin Thread Starter

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    fair point:) i should be ok as the reef is high and its only the top I will look at doing, well mainly the top I think:)
     
  5. Warr7207

    Warr7207

    Joined:
    28 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,781
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    JHB
    Great idea, Zoas are bullet proof and you should not have a problem with warfare. I reckon this would be one wicked looking tank :)
     
  6. gaz19

    gaz19

    Joined:
    10 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    1,783
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    durban,kloof
    but trust me when they do die, they can cause alot of trouble!
    from my experiance they release alot of kuk into the water when they die, dont know if this has happend to any one else?
     
  7. crispin

    crispin Thread Starter

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    ok so i musnt kill them then?
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    12 May 2007
    Posts:
    7,859
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    the Motherland
    I think it will look great, loosing the surface area won't be a problem if you have decent rock, most of the bacteria will be in the porous insides of the rock.

    And no, best not to kill your zoas;)
     
  9. crispin

    crispin Thread Starter

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    i will play tonight and move some close, see what it will look like...(yes yes i will take pics, vultures! :)) and see if its viable...easier to break down a reef like that too:)

    and i think i can get an angel or 19:)
     
  10. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    14,544
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    Gonubie East London
    it can look really cool and work really well... been thinking of doing somthing along those lines for ages..
     
  11. SIMS

    SIMS

    Joined:
    6 May 2007
    Posts:
    3,008
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Empangeni
    yea me too. I also want my Zoa's to cober my back glass. There is a tank at the IMAX in gateway that has quite a bit of zoa's on the back. Looks cool...
     
  12. crispin

    crispin Thread Starter

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    i am fairly sure i wont be able to cover the reef, but i have 6 or so large collonies and will pack them together and slowly cover the rock with it....i think 1.8 tank might take me a while but i'll let you guys see how i progress:)
     
  13. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    14,544
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    Gonubie East London
    check this out...


    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 23 Aug 2008
  14. Warr7207

    Warr7207

    Joined:
    28 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,781
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    JHB
    Crispin this will look wicked in your system :thumbup:
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 23 Aug 2008
  15. crispin

    crispin Thread Starter

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    man that does look good....i have orded a few rocks of zoa's and slowly covering the one section of the reef, comming along niceley now....not certail my chock chip star isnt feading on them at times though, bugger just hunkers down amoungst the pollops for ages....but they seem to me ok, just watching him
     
  16. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    27,988
    Likes Received:
    781
    Here's a nice colourful zoanthid dominated tank

    [​IMG]
     
  17. lappiesreef

    lappiesreef

    Joined:
    7 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    1,416
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    PTA
    Won't the Angels chow down on the Zoa's?
    I just added a few extra colonies and all my pigmy angels decided to start picking at the one colony...strange seeing as they are still leaving my clams and LPS alone..Maybe that particular colony is nice and tasty..
     
  18. crispin

    crispin Thread Starter

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    thank you:) i know have a goal pic to work towards! :) just to add to the pressure i have to have it done in three months before I break down to go to norway! :) nothing like a challenge:)
     
  19. seank

    seank

    Joined:
    24 May 2007
    Posts:
    11,984
    Likes Received:
    119
    Location:
    North of Durban and South of Mozambique
    I have a tank pic at home with a beautiful example on how zoos must "flow" through rockwork, if Mtn network has sorted their shit, I'll try and upload tonight.
     
  20. crispin

    crispin Thread Starter

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    give me a number to call them on,i want that pic and will gladly crap on them for u:)
     
  21. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    14,544
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    Gonubie East London
    always good to visualise your goals. its better for me to see pics than to read how to do it..
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Zoanthid dominated system Forum Date
Urgent help needed Zoanthid eating nudi Urgent Help Needed 4 Nov 2016
[wtd] Zoanthids Wanted 25 Mar 2016
Zoanthids Soft Corals 5 Feb 2016
Zoanthids problem Soft Corals 24 Jan 2016
[wtd] Zoanthids Wanted 17 Feb 2015
[wtd] Zoanthids Wanted 19 Sep 2014
[wtd] zoanthids Wanted 18 Sep 2014