Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-11-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 405
Zoas Not Growing

I've had a small "colony?" of about 19 individual zoas for about a month and a half. When should I expect them to populate?
__________________

__________________
NarwhalLover3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
Dividing by 0
Community Admin
 
fort384's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 13,926
In optimal conditions, you would have seen new growth by now.

Tell us about your tank/water parameters. Someone may be able to pinpoint an issue that would keep them from growing.
__________________

fort384 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Convict2161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 14,818
I agree you should see some growth by now.

What size tank, lights, filtration etc, also what are your water parameters? Flow? Where ate they placed?

A full tank shot would be nice.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley
Convict2161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 07:19 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Gregcoyote's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Posts: 8,320
Sounds like the good news is the existing colony is holding on. I assume they are opening fully?
As stated, water parameters, light and flow are needed to give a better answer. Some zoas grow better than others, they are picky about being irritated by pests or fish. Mine grow at about a 180-200 PAR light level, which just about any reef capable light can produce. Currently the zoa colonies are in a territory battle surrounded by very healthy mushrooms.
__________________
Gregcoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 07:57 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 405
Nitrite-0.25

Nitrate-0ppm

pH-8.2

Ammonia-0.25

I have two power heads, and one spout where my filter shoots out water so my current goes around the tank in a circular motion. By the way, I have a 95 gallon bow-front. Two white t5 and one blue t5 that stretch the length over the tank(I'm upgrading to LEDs once I get more money. Not sure what my filter is but it's square and has layers of different filters with some hang on the back filter/skimmer(I think) that puts out a current also. I hope this helps. Sorry for the bad info about the filter. I got the setup years ago from my Aunt years ago and she gave/told me any info whatsoever. I had it set up for four years, then moved an had to start all over again earlier this year.
__________________
NarwhalLover3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 08:12 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Gregcoyote's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Posts: 8,320
Quote:
Originally Posted by NarwhalLover3
Nitrite-0.25

Nitrate-0ppm

pH-8.2

Ammonia-0.25

I have two power heads, and one spout where my filter shoots out water so my current goes around the tank in a circular motion. By the way, I have a 95 gallon bow-front. Two white t5 and one blue t5 that stretch the length over the tank(I'm upgrading to LEDs once I get more money. Not sure what my filter is but it's square and has layers of different filters with some hang on the back filter/skimmer(I think) that puts out a current also. I hope this helps. Sorry for the bad info about the filter. I got the setup years ago from my Aunt years ago and she gave/told me any info whatsoever. I had it set up for four years, then moved an had to start all over again earlier this year.
I don't want to see any detectable ammonia for coral growth. See what others say, but I would do some water exchanges using RO/DI water and a good quality salt mix.
__________________
Gregcoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 08:24 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Convict2161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 14,818
You ideally want zero nitrite, I always have .05 nitrAtes but never nitrites. Everything else looks good. I'd still like to see a full tank shot.

Where on the tank is it placed? (The zoas)

Also what type of salt mix do you use? Example I use Instant Ocean Reef Crystals mixed with RO/DI water.

I'd do some water changes also, small ones to bring down your nitrites.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley
Convict2161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 09:23 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
crister13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Princeton, NJ
Posts: 3,473
Ammonia and nitrites are deadly at even that level. I would be worried about that.
__________________
crister13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 11:17 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 405
I took out about 7 gallons and am slowly replacing it over the next few days with fresh water starting tonight, hoping I bring them down.
__________________
NarwhalLover3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 11:24 PM   #10
Dividing by 0
Community Admin
 
fort384's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 13,926
With fresh water? What is your salinity?

If you mean with saltwater, a 7 gallon water change will lower your nitrite and ammonia levels by less than 10%. I would recommend a much larger change.
__________________

fort384 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
zoas

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.