Zoa Coral Frags – A Beginner’s Guide
Zoanthids, usually called Zoa for short, offer a diversity of bright colour patterns to your saltwater reef aquarium. What’s appealing is that they are among the most attractive fastest-growing species you can add to your tank.
In this article, you will find answers to several questions bothering your mind about Zoa husbandry. Let’s get started.
Are Zoa Toxic?
Of the order Zoantharia, Zoa contains a dreadful toxin referred to as palytoxin. However, research shows no way of the agreement as to how this dangerous substance makes Zoas toxic. But the significant health risk is in eating them and letting their muck come in contact with an open wound.
Personally, the best caution ever is not to eat them nor allowing your pets close to them. Avoid contact with sensitive parts of your body without washing your hands first. Avoid zoas strictly if you have wound, damaged skin, or sores. If you’re worried, use latex gloves and eye protection. If you must, keep them far away from you while you frag them.
What You Need to Know
#1 How to select Zoas?
When you surf Zoas for sale on the web, be sure to pick the best options to increase your success rate. Ensure that the Zoanthids you will be selecting have very bright colours and not washed-out. Moreover, be careful to pick Zoas that their tentacles are pointing out.
#2 Buy a Small Frag
Out of excitement, many people rush to buy large Zoa corals when just starting. Don’t do that! Zoanthids reproduce and spread very rapidly. So, if you purchased a large frag, what happens when they begin to breed?
However small you buy; ensure you provide the best environmental conditions for them to survive in.
#3 Water Movement and Sufficient Light
Zoanthids don’t need much water flow. However, on the other hand, ensure you provide them with a great source of light.
#4 Handle with Care
As discussed earlier, Zoanthids contains a dreadful toxin called palytoxin. It would be best if you never touched the tissue of a Zoa coral with your bare hands with this in mind. Don’t forget to watch your hands after handling them. Avoid Zoanthids strictly if you have wound, damaged skin, or sores.
If you’re worried, use latex gloves and eye protection. If you must, keep them far away from you while you frag them.
How to Frag Zoanthids
The reality of having to keep corals is that no matter how big your tank is, it will eventually grow out. To avoid buying a bigger tank maybe, we instead frag our corals.
Fragging Zoas is easy, which is why it’s one of the most common corals among hobbyists. However, they should be handled with care – they can be toxic.
With that in mind, be sure to wear protective lenses and gloves when fragging Zoa Corals. You may even use a diamond band saw as well as coral cutters or razor blade. Depending on the result you hope to achieve – I mean with how much time you’ve got – each of the materials will be appropriate.
Cutting the plug along with the Zoa, provides a firm surface that allows for an easy glueing. After soaking your pins, leave them to dry off with the bottom of the zoa. Once this is done, add a small amount of glue and put the frag on top.
Now, once your new frag begins to produce new polyps, that’s all it takes!
Zoanthids For Your Reef
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