Zoas dissapearing

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  1. Uettnerw

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    Hi,

    I have a tank that I bought a while back. The Zoas are taking shots. I put in a filefish since there was an aptasia plague. Kindly see attached pics - looks like the zoas are covered in something to me. Or is it simply the filefish? Mushrooms look fine. Params are fine.

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  3. viper357

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    Can you get a clearer pic? Perhaps take a photo with the flash on to get rid of all the blue. Can't really see if anything is covering the zoa's or not. If you wave your hand vigorously over the zoas does anything float off?
     
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    It looks like they are sliming over. Is this a new colony or old? It could be that the filefish nipped at them, then it got an infection. I have had similar things happen to fragged colonies.
     
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    I have the same issue. Never lost zoas before. Filefish added. Cleaned out aptaisia, cleaned out majano. Soon thereafter zoas started disappearing.....for me its still a good trade
     
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    Uettnerw

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    @viper357 here is a pic without any of the lights on. @mariusmeyer came with the tank so I have no idea how old. But the corals were not in the best condition either which way. Yes sliming over would be an accurate description

    So now the million dollar question - how to proceed from here?

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  7. mariusmeyer

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    Take the colony out and smell it. If it stinks then chuck it. If not you can try and do an iodine dip to see if you can save it. But unfortunatly it is looking quite far down the road.
     
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    I got 2 filefish in a holding tank. And they do eat aiptasia. Moved a rock with aiptasia and zoa to the tank for them to clear of aiptasia.

    Got home and no more aiptasia - Yeah.
    And no more zoa - Eish.

    Not saying yours are also naughty. But keep an eye on him.
     
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    Uettnerw

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    ok thanks. Assuming that it is some kind of infection, how long do I need to wait before introducing new corals?
     
  10. mariusmeyer

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    I have never found it to spread to other colonies and it is only zoas. It should not affect other corals.
     
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