Zoas

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  1. meagan1823

    meagan1823 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Ok. I have a mother colony that I am wanting to frag.
    Everywhere I read it says to cut the zoa mat. Well as far as I can tell, mine don't have this mat?
    They don't connect together. It's like they are attached to the rock individually.
    Is this normal? If so, how do I frag these? Do I try to scrape them off the rock or will cutting their "stem" work?
     
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  3. oceanparadise1

    oceanparadise1 Fire Squid

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    wait till the morning and grab them before they open open, i use a razor to peel them off or i use a dremel and make a couple cuts
     
  4. ivydog

    ivydog Feather Duster

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    just cut the rock that the polys are on
     
  5. meagan1823

    meagan1823 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    I am wanting them off of this particular rock because I have had some unwanted hitchhikers on it and would prefer to take it out and bleach it.

    Will cutting their "stem" kill them?
     
  6. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    You may kill some, but most like some would survive. The key is to super glue them to another rock, and allow the glue to dry just enough to hold it in place, but not long enough to kill the polyp.
     
  7. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Don't forget to protect yourself against the palytoxin!
     
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  9. meagan1823

    meagan1823 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    I wear gloves anytime I get near them.

    So let the glue dry some before I put them back in the tank? or before I stick the zoas on the glue?
     
  10. oceanparadise1

    oceanparadise1 Fire Squid

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    What i do is put glue on and use forcep things and place it right on the super glue GEL and place in back into the water for a second to allow it to harden
     
  11. mattheuw1

    mattheuw1 Montipora Capricornis

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    it sounds like you have palythoas and not zoas if there is no mat. If there is no mat, sometimes you can chip off the chunk of rock that the paly is connected to. Post a pic of the zoos and maybe we can give you a better idea.
     
  12. meagan1823

    meagan1823 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    This is when I first got them.
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    Now they aren't as full as I had a nudibranch that was apparently helping me get rid of them. (one of those hitchhikers I mentioned earlier)