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Old 12-31-2013, 04:25 PM   #31
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So, just an update. We put 2 zoa frags and 1 paly frag in the tank. After a few weeks, our son started waking up at night coughing. This got worse and worse for weeks until it became an every night thing requiring a relief inhaler.

I read an article in Coral Magazine about these things and just how toxic even a few grams of it can be. Got to thinking about all the bubbles popping in the skimmer and sump and thought it would be worth seeing about to remove them for a while. Fortunately, I was able to re-home them in a friends tank.

Immediately, my son began sleeping through the night and hasn't had an issue since. That was nearly a month ago.

Suffice it to say, we won't try them again.



Wow...that's a new one. The evidence seems solid. Zoas come in all sorts of toxic strengths, most are pretty benign. Some are lethal as heck. Those toxins are extruded as part of the Zoas protective slime coat. It certainly isn't impossible that some of it could be aerosolized as a result of skimming action. But that's the first I have ever heard it reported.
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Of course it could be coincidental, but the timing is hard to dispute.
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Any pictures of the zoas? Might be good to know if any of us have the same type and be aware of any concerns if we have some that are the same.
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thats freaky I thought it was only toxic if you ingested the toxin after handling them
not from air bubbles from the skimmer
hope your sons doing ok now
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Yeah... Getting some pictures or hearing what they were would be great. I've always heard of possible problems with touching them, but never anything like this. I just got a couple little frags (King Midas and Flaming Punk Rockers). Hearing this sort of thing kinda worries me. Glad to hear everyone is okay.
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Pictures please. Also, that is why one should never boil rocks. It is not just by ingesting them, the airborne particles are toxic as well.
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I can't post the pics - used up my quota. But they were eagles eye and watermelon. I don't remember what the palys were but they red and black. My son has been fine ever since I removed them.
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I can't post the pics - used up my quota. But they were eagles eye and watermelon. I don't remember what the palys were but they red and black. My son has been fine ever since I removed them.
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Is it true what they say about zoanthids?

Most protein skimmers have a cap with a vent hole in it on the top of the skimmer cup. It might be a good precaution to stuff a small bit of filter floss in or over that hole to eliminate any airborne particulates the bubbles could be throwing off. Your son might be sensitive to other things in the tank as well.
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