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Old 08-18-2015, 07:42 AM   #1
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Zoanthids toxin

I just read an article on msn this morning about Zoas putting off a palytoxin that can be dangerous and has hospitalized multiple people. I knew they had some poisonous property but didn't know it was that bad. I will not endanger my family with my hobby. Anyone know more about this?


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Old 08-18-2015, 08:21 AM   #2
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Palytoxins can be serious business...but the severity of the toxin varies to each type of zoa or paly. I've forgotten about this now and again and rubbed my eye after moving a zoa frag and it been red and sore like you were to have pink eye. Obviously it gets much more serious than that, just like you read. This is why we say not to boil rock to solve issues as if there were palys on there it would then put this toxin into the air and can be quite deadly.
That aside, having zoas and palys in the home aquarium isn't dangerous in the slightest. Besides the boiling rock bit, you have to be in contact with these polyps to get the stuff on you. If you wash your hands afterwards it is a null issue.
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Palytoxins can be serious business...but the severity of the toxin varies to each type of zoa or paly. I've forgotten about this now and again and rubbed my eye after moving a zoa frag and it been red and sore like you were to have pink eye. Obviously it gets much more serious than that, just like you read. This is why we say not to boil rock to solve issues as if there were palys on there it would then put this toxin into the air and can be quite deadly.
That aside, having zoas and palys in the home aquarium isn't dangerous in the slightest. Besides the boiling rock bit, you have to be in contact with these polyps to get the stuff on you. If you wash your hands afterwards it is a null issue.
+1 I agree 100%
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Just wear gloves when your handling them and eye protection if your fragging them and don't forget to clean up after.


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Just yesterday I was messing around in my tank and tried to remove a Zoa from a power head(same Zoa I thought was dead awhile ago...) but I ended up tearing it some. I continued to work in the tank and at some point rubbed my face with part of my arm..then that side of my face turned red and started to swell. All I had to do was carefully wash the area and not get anything in my eyes and it cleared up very quickly.

Zoas are beautiful and easy to care for as long as you handle them properly you'll be fine. And you should always wash your hands/arms after being in the tank anyway.
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Honestly, just think about it for a second. Zoanthids / Palythoas are the single most common types of coral around. How many aquarists have you heard die from them?

Some have gotten sick, yes. But just teach your family not to eat things out of your tank and it will be fine
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Zoanthids toxin

I read on another site that there is going to be a bit on Good Morning America tomorrow (8/18/15 Wed) about this. Apparently they got the guy that did the infamous article for Advanced Aquarist (boiled rock, almost killed his family), a doctor and (unfortunately) the Tanked guys. The "hype" is apparently from an article the CDC put out last Friday 8/14/15...

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6431a4.htm


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I read on another site that there is going to be a bit on Good Morning America tomorrow (8/18/15 Wed) about this. Apparently they got the guy that did the infamous article for Advanced Aquarist (boiled rock, almost killed his family), a doctor and (unfortunately) the Tanked guys. The "hype" is apparently from an article the CDC put out last Friday 8/14/15...

Suspected Palytoxin Inhalation Exposures Associated with Zoanthid Corals in Aquarium Shops and Homes — Alaska, 2012–2014


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I have palys that look exactly like that
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I read on another site that there is going to be a bit on Good Morning America tomorrow (8/18/15 Wed) about this. Apparently they got the guy that did the infamous article for Advanced Aquarist (boiled rock, almost killed his family), a doctor and (unfortunately) the Tanked guys. The "hype" is apparently from an article the CDC put out last Friday 8/14/15...

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6431a4.htm


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Good for everyone to know and remember, they are possibly dangerous. I didn't think about gloves to just pick up and rearrange placement on a few frags, but I knocked a rock off which hit the colony and my hand started to go numb after having one that similarly looked like those but there were three other types also on the rock. On the bright side prices will likely go down for a couple/or few weeks.
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