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Old 06-10-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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How to care for Zoanthids?

I'm thinking about getting back into SW after an almost 6 year hiatus. I plan on making a 10g Nano, Zoa scape and in those 6 years, the hobby has surely advanced. I now have no idea what type of equipment I need to keep zoas.

So here are the questions:
How much light do they need? I did some research and all it gave me was "Use LED, MH or T5 lighting" Nothing about exactly how much output the bulbs should have.
How much current should I have in a 10g nano zoa scape.
How do I drill a tank? (Plan on using a rubbermaid tote for a 20g sump on a 10g tank XD)
What type of fauna should I get? (I don't think 10g is sufficient for any fish so I'll be happy with inverts)
Do I need any filtration other than a sump?
What type of hydrometer should I get? Back when I did sw all that really was available were the dip and reads and the flout-in-glass hydrometers.
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Not sure on the exact lighting needs of zoas so can't help you there, sorry. BUT, in a 10G, you could probably do with two Koralia Nano's. Maybe one.. since Zoas don't need a ton of flow.

In order to drill the tank, you need to make sure that the glass is NOT tempered. If it is tempered, it will shatter. You need glass hole saws. Check out glass-holes.com. They will have everything you need to drill your tank, except for the drill.

Also, smaller inverts should do fine in a 10G tank, and you could also add a clown goby as a fish, since they don't get very big and can survive happily in a 10G tank.. even a 5G tank from what i've read.

Also, skip the hydrometer. They aren't as accurate as refractometers, and in such a small tank, there will be almost no room for error.
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Most zoas are low light so you don't need much. I would probably still go with a twin bulb T5 setup (good quality individual parabolic reflectors).

A single PS should be fine in that setup.

Look for ccCapt's 125 build thread. He has instrctions and pictures of tank drilling.
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Thanks guys. You know of any affordable refractometers? Amazon.com: Salt Salinity Refractometer 0-28% by Sper Scientific:… does that look good?
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crepe, try ebay. alot of these members on here get their refractometers from their. they all work the same, but those $100 dollar varietys have all the bells and whistles. i think one may even mix the salt for you
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To give you an example on lighting requirements and what I did with my system. I had zoas in all parts of my system including my fuge. I had dual 250w MH with 220w of VHOs and 108w of T5s on my main display. I had tons of different kinds of zoas thriving under those lighting conditions. My flow was generated by 2x 660gph tunze nanostreams and 2x MJmods at 1600gph each along with my 900gph return pump. My point being they are very tough critters and will do well in many different light conditions.

Here are a couple shots of my zoa garden in the 120 with the above light and flow:


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2nd pic, bottom left, green.... OMG ridiculous! Nice zoas! All "LE"?
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Not sure on the exact lighting needs of zoas so can't help you there, sorry. BUT, in a 10G, you could probably do with two Koralia Nano's. Maybe one.. since Zoas don't need a ton of flow.

In order to drill the tank, you need to make sure that the glass is NOT tempered. If it is tempered, it will shatter. You need glass hole saws. Check out glass-holes.com. They will have everything you need to drill your tank, except for the drill.

Also, smaller inverts should do fine in a 10G tank, and you could also add a clown goby as a fish, since they don't get very big and can survive happily in a 10G tank.. even a 5G tank from what i've read.

Also, skip the hydrometer. They aren't as accurate as refractometers, and in such a small tank, there will be almost no room for error.
hydrometers are as accurate as a refractometer.. you just gotta have it calabrated..
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hydrometers are as accurate as a refractometer.. you just gotta have it calabrated..

Maybe, but you have to calibrate it for more variables. I don't know anyone that subscribes to a hydrometer being just as good as a refractometer. The refractometer is more accurate based on physics.
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as long as it is calabrated it will work as well as a refracometer. and not really more variables.. mine is +0.003 so if it reads .021 its really .024 thats all there is to it. me and every other worker at my lfs (largest in the southeast) uses a hydrometer.
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