Help me with my zoa

Discussion in 'Coral' started by Calde0920, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. Calde0920

    Calde0920 Guest

    So up until today there was nothing wrong with my zoa colony and then I noticed this and the heads around it were not fully open. It kind looks like sores on the zoa skin any ideas?[​IMG]
     
  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Did you dip the corals before you added them to the tank? Look like bite marks. Look for nudibranchs.

    Also noticed that you added a flame angel. There is a chance it is nibbling at the zoas.

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  3. Calde0920

    Calde0920 Guest

    Ok so my lights went dark and went to check on my tank and noticed an asterina star on one of the poly I think that's what has been bitting my coral. I also saw another half on my agave colony. Grabbed my tweezers and pulled them out. I hope that was the last of them. Do you have experience with those stars
     
  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Most asterinas are fine. There are some that will eat coral but not common. What color is it?


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  5. Calde0920

    Calde0920 Guest

    [​IMG] this is it. I just found it odd that was right were the bite marks were at. But I'd rather just kill it with fire.
     
  6. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Time to pull out the harlequin shrimp.
     
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  7. Calde0920

    Calde0920 Guest

    Yeah I pulled 3 out I hope I don't see anymore also noticed my Eagle eyes looking kind of thin
     
  8. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Here are my guesses as to why your zoas look bad
    • Your flame angel biting them.
    • Asterina stars/other zoa pests biting/irritating them
    • Your alkalinity is unstable going down between water changes and up when you do water changes.
    • Your zoas are getting too much/not enough light
    • Zoas are weird and sometimes they just close and melt for no reason.
    Most people think zoas are hella easy to keep and sure this is true for common zoas like eagle eyes, radioactive dragons, pinwheels, but when you start keeping wild/designer/collector/high end zoas they can be finicky and melt for no reason at all.
     
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  9. Calde0920

    Calde0920 Guest

    I hope it's not the angel haven't seen him after the corals. He's fighting his own thing. Picked another star that was in the orange colony again that makes 4 of these *****
     
  10. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    So back to the original question -- did you dip before introducing them to the tank?
     
  11. Calde0920

    Calde0920 Guest

    Dip the zoa? Those have been in my tank since March.
     
  12. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Check very carefully around the polyps, I had a similar issue a while back; a zoa garden that suddenly was not opening as usual. I found nudis; very hard to spot but once you see one then you'll know what to look for. Look for a spiral mass around the base of the zoanthids, if you find that, those are eggs.
    Good luck
     

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