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Signs of zoa stress and how to fix it.. 1. Too much light or being trampled by hermits and snails they will close or look squished, maybe bruised. You want to move them to a darker lower spot or on a ledge that a shell cannot travel to easily :The red Zoas were in to strong of light and just the centers are showing, the bottom ones are all shut on one side, if these happen rearrange them until they reopen again :Either partial shade or lower down than before, sometimes if they reach to tall and look like trumpets it's to little of light. The far right is the same morph in proper lighting 2. Algae can be the death of Zoas : you want to put it somewhere snails can graze, and get a clean up crew that eats the algae if you do not have hermits or a Seahare does great with green hair algae. : if the CUC isn't touching it, pull the algae out with your fingers if it's long enough, or frag up the zoa and clip off the rock surrounding the polyps till you have separated the polyps from the rock and reglue to a new clean live/dry rock 3. Being stung by coral or worms, Sometimes you get spider webs inside the tank or so etching is eating your Zoas :The God or wars (right) are bleached and closed up, maybe have brown or black spots on them from where the Vermitid worm's spider web is stinging them, or maybe it's a sweeper from a coral it will look like this : super glue up the source of the spider webs, it should look like a feather duster hole with 2 antennae reaching out, or move the coral or zoa out of sweeping range. :This photo ^ also shows how I arrange a clear path for hermits to crawl around my Zoas and not over them, steep walls and frags on a plateau will keep them from climbing, but they need an easy route to travel on. (You can see the red skirt Zoas on the left look closed and bruised from being trampled over when the route was clogged with a plug) :Overhangs and channels need to be built in between your rockwork, and you can build in fences to make them go around the long way, see the rocks sticking up on the left used to be the climbing path.
badxgillen posted a topic in Grow Outs, Group Buys, and CompetitionsI hope Jesse does not mind me utilizing most of his write up for the rules of the competition. If it is uncalled for please let me know and I will see that it is taken down but if it is fine with you then I must say thank you fro saving me some time and effort, it is appreciated. Well Contestants this is the official thread to post your entries! If you post your entry in another thread it will not count. Contest begins April 20th!You have a week before and a week after to post up your picture. This competition will run 4 months! Ground Rules: The goal of this competition is to be both educational and fun. I am hopeful the winners will be able to share their "secrets" and truly see how different lighting, supplements, dosing, and tank parameters can make a difference in growth. Rules and Guidelines for The TECO Zoa Grow Out Competition. 1.Your first post must include a quick write up of your system in the competition thread. Including tank size, flow, lighting, placement of the frag, frag measurement, equipment (ie calcium reactor, dosing, etc), feeding regiment, etc. 2. You will be required to post photo updates. The contest will start April 20th. You will be required to post a photo update once a month. I will remind you of this when the time is soon to post. I know life gets busy and people go out of town so you have a 2 week window to post.You will have 7 days before the 20th and 7 days after to post your update. If you do not post within the allotted time frame you will be disqualified. 3. Please no cheating. This competition is meant to be fun and for bragging rights. Cheaters will be disqualified and banned from any future competitions(PEDS were not used for Frankenfrag). 4. The frags must remain on the original plug. You may modify the plug if needed example cutting off the stem for placement. You may place the frag anywhere you want in your tank and you may move it to a different spot during the competition but it is frowned upon and you cannot move it to a new tank as the point is to see how the frag does over time in different systems. 5. Initial photos of frags need to have a top down as well as side shot so we can all see the frag and what you are starting with. No hiding zoa polyps in your photos. Not following the rules will cause you to be disqualified, I know that sounds harsh but it is out of fairness to the rest of the group. Remember a lot can happen in 4 months. During the last growout many were DQ'd due to not posting. It's really simple. JUST DO IT. Length of competition: The competition will run for 4 months. This will give us enough time for the frag to grow. A lot can happen in 4 months and a lot of people could drop out, so if you are persistent, you have a chance to win the grand prize. This will give EVERYONE the same advantage\disadvantage with acclimation and so on. Pictures will be required frequently for updates. Final post will be July 20th 2015 for the winner. Judging a winner: Should be pretty straight forward this grow out. The most polyps at the end wins. Winner of each category shall have glorious bragging rights along with the honors of choosing a desired name for their winning polyps. But the Grand Prize is...Coral of course!!! But not going to spoil it yet, you have to play. Our Standing List of Fine PNWMAS Contestants are... 1- Badxgillen *6&2,**13&3, ***23&3,****36&3 2- Matty *9&2,**12&5, ***22&6,****27&7 4- BlueZreef *9&2,**10&2, ***17&3,****20&5 5- Jadams *8&3,**12&3, ***16&4,****19&7 8- SeanS *8&2,**14&4,***22&4,****25&5 9- Clark *6&2**9&0, ***15 , ****13 12-Spilo *7&2,**22&5,***31&5,****39&5 18- Kireek *8&2**16&2,***36&1,****50+ 22-Gill&Fin *7&2,**9&2,***17, ****14 23- Cerk1985 *7&2,**14&2,***26&2,****44 26-New2salwater *8&2,**11&2,***15&2,****16&2 27-Paratore *6,**12, ***17, ****27 30-Smann *7,**13, ***24, ****36+ Current as of 7-28-15
So I hope I don't invite a bidding war by broadcasting these.. But if anyone gets some.. I would really like a frag.. Id pay 25-30 a head, or we can talk something out. These gotta be the best looking zoas, in person, Ive seen in a while.. They're called Rainbow Princess, and are bright pink when closed.. Brighter pink and yellow when open.. A candy apple morph that should spread out to all zoa hoarders if possible.. GoldenBasket really delivers sometimes
I figured I should get a thread started for trading. There is not a whole lot for coral variety where I am at so I was hoping I could get a few more morphs\types via trading with the community. There are some varieties I would pay for but for the most part I would prefer to trade...If you want to pay for a polyp or two by all means. Right now I am really looking to replace my... Nightmares, TECO Forbidden Fruits, Goldslaugers, This does not mean that there are not a number of types I want but do not know it yet, if I do not have it it is worth a shot to see if I do want it.. I tend to find things I like about every coral and I do like subdued colors and pastels. I know for a fact that there are several members right here that have a large number of zoas I would like to have in my tank. Sasquatch , Clark, Bomber, you know who you are. The thing is I live aaallll the way in Corvallis Oregon so keep that in mind, I can ship out if needed but I don't get out much due to children\health problems. Meeting up at a PNWMAS gathering or Local Fish Store is the other means to cross paths with me as I have been know to find my way to the coral shops when I get to pass through a city..