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Old 03-22-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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Zoanthid Invaders

After finally acquiring a coral colony that I have long desired of Radioactive Dragon Eye (RDE) and Whammin' Watermelon (WW) Zoas, I have watched my WW's get devoured by a strange spherical animal, that enters the mouth and seems to consume it from the inside. Is my assessment correct or is it something else? I did a couple FW dips, but soon all WW's were gone. I do have a video of many 'pods scurrying around the zoas, however I believe they were finishing the damage caused by these varmints.


I moved the rock to another section of the tank. All seemed to have calmed down until tonight when I see these on and in the RDE's. No other coral is affected by these mongrels. Any suggestions as to what they are? Should I be concerned about my other corals? I purchased these at a LFS and I will return there to see if the other RDE/WW Zoa colonies he had at the time of purchase, had the same problem. I don't know how forthcoming he will be.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:01 PM   #2
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Try some coral Rx it's a dip that kills off most of the pest Here's some info that may help
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:32 PM   #3
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Yeah, an RX dip should do you good.
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:00 AM   #4
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Do you have pictures? Probably zoa eating nudibranch.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:32 AM   #5
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I thought I uploaded a video of the WW's. Obviously it didn't take. I even had three pics of the RDE's. I'll try again. Click image for larger version

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Old 03-25-2014, 01:34 AM   #6
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The video is quite interesting and, IMO would shed more light of my dilemma. Is there a way I can do that. I am new to AA and I am not sure of all the tricks.
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WW's Video

Here is another attempt of the video.
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Just upload it to YouTube and then post a link. That would be the easiest way to handle it.
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That looks like they are pooping out something. It could be zooxanthellae. I have never heard of a creature that enters the mouth of a soft coral. There's no need to.
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Yeah, that's kind of odd. Probably pooping like Mr. X said.
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