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chris55 02-21-2009 05:50 PM

eagle eye polyps
Alright, Ive been searching the internet for these and found a couple but Im wondeirng if anybody on here has them or has seen them in person. Are they the type of zoo that are really small maybe 1/4 inch around and just populate, or are they the kind that are around 1 inch around (bigger polyps) that populate, im hoping they are the bigger ones, heres a link to them and I think this pic is doctored cause its got alot more blue than what all the other sites show

Zoanthids, Zoa's, Zoos, : Polyping Live Corals

its the second row down one in the middle.

this is one from another site, they all look like this one except for the one in the first link
Eagle Eye - Zoanthid Colony - Half Frag [eagleeye_zoa_sm] - $18.99 : Oceanic Aquaculture, Live Corals For Your Marine Reef Aquarium!

Cody 02-21-2009 06:56 PM

I've got them. They are zoas, so they are the small ones. Palys are the big ones, and a complete different coral.

chris55 02-21-2009 10:20 PM

thats what I thought, cause theres several different sites that call them, zooanthid polyps.

Quaddity 02-21-2009 10:48 PM

That link you posted definitely has the wrong colors. Amazing what that site charges. I have about 50 radioactive dragon eyes and they are selling them for $4 a polyp. Find a local club that trades and sells frags and you'll make out a lot better. I bought 5 eagle eyes for $5 and they're selling them at 10 for $80 on that website.

They look like this really:

SKAustin 02-21-2009 11:10 PM

The corals in the first link were taken under Actinic lighting. That is why they appear so bright. There is another very similar species to the Eagle Eye. The Wham'n Watermelon is a more pinkish polyp with very similar characteristics. you will find several photos of the Wham'n Watermelons in the links in my signature. Coralpedia is also a great resource for identifying named zoanthids.

onefish2fish 02-22-2009 09:19 AM

IMO its all mark up prices. they slap a fancy name to a coral and charge a fancy price. its all zoanthid sp.
i think some have an exception to be expensive but others, its a joke. find a local reefing club and your can get beautiful frags for fair prices.

SKAustin 02-22-2009 10:13 AM

I disagree with you there. I think that names are important, especially with the color varieties available in zoanthids. It gives a person an idea on the color their corals should be or what they should look like, and allows people to seek out specific color schemes that suit the look their after in their systems.

Besides, to my knowledge, zoanthids are named by the aquarists that develop the color schemes (or the first to submit the scheme for id) and not by the retailers. That gives some reward back to the folks who spend time growing and mixing color schemes trying to come up with something new.

onefish2fish 02-22-2009 11:13 AM

well, i can agree the names are good for ID but i can disagree with it at the same time. the problem is there is so many color morphs and variations esp under all the different lighting and lighting possibilities.

whats wrong with "red zoos" or "blue with brown center zoos" i think that is a more descriptive name. some of the more rare/slow growing zoos that actually should be expensive IMO should have fancy names that way they can be recognized by name but again the millions of names for all the different zoos is alittle much IMO.

Quaddity 02-23-2009 10:22 PM

Just to put price in perspective again these online zoa frag websites are just gouging. I went to a LFS today and in the $2.99 frag section was a small rock with 5 eagle eyes and 3 other types of zoa. The 3 other types didn't look like any others in my tank so I picked it up. Don't pay $4-$20 per polyp that these sites charge. Look for a good LFS or even better a local club.

onefish2fish 02-23-2009 10:59 PM

i can agree. i have never ordered livestock online because of fear it will not arrive alive. (besides club group buys) i know some sites offer guarentees but then i hear all these hassle stories. on top of that shipping isnt cheap.
Im all for supporting a good fish store and other local reefers.

actually someone recently had a 90+ colony of orange bam bam zoos for $70. IMO thats a great deal for these.

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