OK... here's the background info:
I bought a clump of zoanthids several months back, and as normal they kind of morphed colors on me from when I bought them. Since they had bright orange skirts I figured they wanted high light, but I put them on the bottom anyway. So now I have a clump of brown centered, oranged skirted zoanthids. And following the Rule #1 of Zoanthids ("If the owner thinks I'm ugly, I'm going to grow like crazy") they started going gangbusters.
I moved the rock to a corner spot against the glass to free up the front space for something else. It was kind a holding area until I got around to selling them to the LFS
. Well... I noticed tonight, that several of them are attached to the back glass and are starting to grow up the glass... following Rule #1 of Zoanthids.
So here's the question:
Am I courting disaster to let these attach to the back wall, establish a good population, then detach them from their "mother rock" and sell the original rock back?
While I don't particularly care for the look of these, if they were just growing on my back glass and not taking up valuable rock/sand real estate, I'm thinking they wouldn't be too bad. It'd add a nice dimension to the tank. If they get a little out of hand, I can prune them back - making sure I siphon off the surrounding water as I'm doing it to minimize the toxin release.
On the other hand, they are obviously fast growers, so am I just asking for trouble allowing them on the glass to start with? Seems like if later down the road if I want them off, I just scrape them off with a long handled scraper and they'll come off as a mat. Or would I risk releasing a ton of stuff that would nuke all the other stuff in my tank?
Kind of sitting on the fence here, but would like to hear other's opinions. Think I'm leaning towards letting them wander onto the glass, but I just haven't convinced myself that would be a good idea.
Thanks in advance!