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Zoanthid Blooms

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Old 10-14-2013, 01:22 AM   #1
 
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Zoanthid Blooms

As promised some flowers for chesh.
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these are shooting stars or green comets.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:24 AM   #2
 
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One of my favorites Tyree Blue Eyed Girls
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:50 PM   #3
 
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Radioactive Dragon Eyes are a nice and hardy zoanthid variety that grows at a pretty good rate.

and tell me these bad boys are not cool, they are called mohawks or Event Horizons as you see the little stars.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:24 AM   #4
 
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Oooh, flowers!!! O.O

::SHINYEYES::

After I picked myself up off the ground, I went back to look at the shots again a few times. Wow! I really can't come close to picking a favorite in that group! (this seems to be a problem I have!)

Welcome to the new world, Chesh!!! Filled with Radioactive dragon eyes, and Whamin Watermelons to make your blue eyes see comets and stars!
>.<

Thank you so much for taking (and posting) such lovely shots!



. . .I'm super curious, but know nothing about saltwater (except PRETTY!), and don't intend to start a tank. Tell me something about them, please?! Aside from that they're gorgeous, I mean. . . ^_^
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:26 AM   #5
 
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Most of these are zoanthids but I do have a few types of palythoa and protopalythoas. All of these corals are soft so they form no calcerous skeleton.Most of them reproduce by bilateral fission and are clones of each other wich continue the process and form matts of polyps. There are some that also incorporate sand and rubble into their bodies wich I find interesting but most of those are palythoas. These groups I have listed also contain palytoxin wich is extremely toxic and in certain concentrations can be deadly.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:28 AM   #6
 
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Also the ones I have posted are all photosynthetic but I have several that love to eat all sorts of things including tiny shrimps,infact the green comets are a palythoa and they eat rather well.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:56 AM   #7
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what would happen if you touched one of the more toxic ones? numb fingers? so something much more severe?


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Old 10-15-2013, 10:57 AM   #8
 
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Fortunately the toxin does not make the transfer through skin so as long as you don't have any cuts,don't touch your eyes, and wash your hands before eating and such you should be good. Most people wear gloves and eye protection when cutting these corals. Some are much more toxic than the next and as a general rule of thumb the palythoas contain much more of the palytoxin.It is speculated that the specimens that exude excessive amounts of slime are also big producers of the toxin.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #9
 
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There are some that also incorporate sand and rubble into their bodies wich I find interesting but most of those are palythoas
That's so bizarrely fascinating. . .
In a home tank, would you have to provide a palythoas with a certain type of substrate, or are they happy with anything? I'm trying to draw some sort of parallel between this and the animals and plants I'm so familiar with in freshwater, and there just is nothing to compare!


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Also the ones I have posted are all photosynthetic but I have several that love to eat all sorts of things including tiny shrimps, infact the green comets are a palythoa and they eat rather well.
Sounds a bit like Izzy's carnivorous plant collection!



. . . saltwater is like another (alien) world to me. Amazing!

Thank you for taking the time to share a bit of enlightenment with us lil' old freshies! Really neat stuff. . . ^_^
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:00 PM   #10
 
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Reverse Gorilla..I will say it again I do not make these names up. I love these with the gold orange centers,they look way better in person.This is not the greatest pic to represent them but you get the idea.
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