Originally Posted by Dav3
Maybe, maybe not. The op posed the question so he is concerned. And should be IMO
Palytoxin is the worst but isn't the only toxic hazard found in saltwater aquariums. A quick google search on coral toxins will give you an idea.
Most of you who haven't had issues have been fortunate and probably take it for granted. I know a reefer who ended up in the hospital for taking a chance putting hands in tank with open wounds.
Reefs are beautiful to watch but use caution as there are hidden dangers.
avoid zoas, palys, or any button polyp for your son's tank.
I'm afraid I'm inclined to agree. I know it's reasonable to think nothing would go wrong, but it just doesn't seem like a good idea. If we had a reef tank in the family area, I think it would be different.
May seem like a stupid analogy, but I wouldn't put a vial of snakes venom in his room as a decoration, either. It's perfectly safe since it's not in the snake... but what if curious George decided to open it up? I know it's a stretch, but I'm gonna have to go with another kind of coral, I'm afraid.
I'm disappointed, too. These are some of the coolest looking "beginner" corals you can find. They even have the perfect names on some of them for a 6 year old boy. I've seen purple and green ones called "jokers" and red and blue ones called "Supermans" etc.
So... just another example of the importance of researching what you put in the tank, I suppose. For me, I will ere on the side of caution. Hey, what are your thoughts on lionfish?
... just kidding...