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Old 08-19-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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Is it true what they say about zoanthids?

I've read horror stories about this little beginner coral. I have a tank set up in a room for my 6 year old son.... Should I steer clear?
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:28 PM   #2
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:42 PM   #3
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As long as your son doesn't have a habit of reaching in the tank and putting things from it into his mouth everything will be fine. The toxin needs to get into your blood stream to be an issue so as long as he keeps his hands out of the tank there's no worries.
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It's generally the harvested species that produce a lot of palytoxin. Aquacultured species are much less toxic. Also its pretty hard to get poisoned by a zoanthid/palythoa unless you try to eat it so just make it impossible for him to eat them . Generally the dose you get from touching aggravated zoanthids is approx 0.5% of what it would take to kill you. I read a great article on palytoxin and its effects before I'm trying to find it to link
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I will add that one time I was gluing some zoa polyps (gluing not cutting) As I was going to wash my hands off I absentmindedly picked a piece of hair off of my tongue and 1/2 of my tongue went numb for about 10 minutes.
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The general affects are tingling,numbness, and upset stomach. If you have ever fragged zoas with open cuts on your arms/hands you will have noticed the slight tingling. I am a welder by trade and always have cuts on my arms/hands. I have been fragging zoos for a few years and I've never worn gloves. Never had any issues other than tingling/numbness.
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We're talking about a tank in a six year olds room. Not an adult. And as the saying goes boys will be boys.

If it were me I would stay away from zoas, palys, etc...
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We're talking about a tank in a six year olds room. Not an adult. And as the saying goes boys will be boys.

If it were me I would stay away from zoas, palys, etc...
A 6 year old should be more than capable of understanding that fish tank stuff doesn't go in his mouth.
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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.

IMO avoid zoas, palys, or any button polyp for your son's tank.
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