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Old 02-13-2013, 12:56 AM   #11
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I must agree with everybody that they will not eat zoas if they are healthy. Zoas have one of the most deadly toxins known. They let out a slime to protect themselves so anything eating them will die. So maybe test your water and do a series of water changes maybe that will help your zoas out and keep anything from eatin its dieoff.
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I must agree with everybody that they will not eat zoas if they are healthy. Zoas have one of the most deadly toxins known. They let out a slime to protect themselves so anything eating them will die. So maybe test your water and do a series of water changes maybe that will help your zoas out and keep anything from eatin its dieoff.
Yes and no. While certain groups of zoanthids, particular the palythoa group are know to contain and extrude the potentially deadly palytoxin, most cases of proposed poisoning are not clear-cut enough to make these types of generalized statements. Here's a link to a very informative discussion and group of articles on the subject.

Palytoxin Poisoning and its Potential Dangers

Further the statement that anything consuming zoanthids is going to die is also inaccurate. The amphipods consuming those damaged or decaying polyps are not going to be affected, and I've personally observed fish (particularly tangs) consume zoa polyps and while they may have had a period of hyperactivity after doing so, they certainly didn't die from consuming them.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:40 AM   #13
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Interesting article to read. I learned a bit from it. Okay you say my post is inaccurate, but in the wild there are plenty of animals immune to poisoning From other animinals. So my "anything eating them will die" should have been more accurate I apologize! Alhough if they are eating them it is the die off which I would assume they dont leach out their chemicals on die off.
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I think the point is that some fish and inverts *can* eat zoas without problem... healthy or not. There are some nudibranches that will decimate healthy zoa colonies.
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Non of my fish died. All are very healthy and happy in the quarantine tank currently. With the ich already cleared up. What level should I look at specifically.
Then it may be the same problem that's stressing your fish. I can't tell you what the problem is. You are going to have to test everything with quality test kits to be sure.
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Are you sure they are pods and not flatworms smothering your corals? Just a thought.
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