Zoas aren't opening anymore

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College_Coral

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I've started to cut back on the amount I've been feeding my tank just to control algae a little better but i noticed ever since I've done this my zoas have been pretty unhappy, everything else is thriving and doing great except for them. It seems like they are not adjusting to the change at all and im lucky if a polyp or two is partially open. Im not sure if i should start feeding more just to cater to the zoas or if i should wait it out, however it has been a week since some polyps have opened at all.
 

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I would try to keep a window open for some fresh air. I found that keeping zoas indoors was much more difficult than out in my sunroom.

Has anyone had experience with zoas closing-up because of ultra low phosphate and nitrate?
 

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I've started to cut back on the amount I've been feeding my tank just to control algae a little better but i noticed ever since I've done this my zoas have been pretty unhappy, everything else is thriving and doing great except for them. It seems like they are not adjusting to the change at all and im lucky if a polyp or two is partially open. Im not sure if i should start feeding more just to cater to the zoas or if i should wait it out, however it has been a week since some polyps have opened at all.

This is a tough one. As neglected as my tank is my zoas are doing great. It could possibly be your water is too clean.


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Are they just closed or do they look like they are turning black like dying


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This is a tough one. As neglected as my tank is my zoas are doing great. It could possibly be your water is too clean.


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That's what I'm thinking but since its a pico I've been trying to keep it as low and controlled as possible
 

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Maybe turn off return pump. And try some to spot feed just them with some reef roids. Only time I ever had issues with zoas was from clean up crew aggravating them or from algae.you could try blowing them with a Turkey baster


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Maybe turn off return pump. And try some to spot feed just them with some reef roids. Only time I ever had issues with zoas was from clean up crew aggravating them or from algae.you could try blowing them with a Turkey baster


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I'll try that then, thank you
 

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I would try to keep a window open for some fresh air. I found that keeping zoas indoors was much more difficult than out in my sunroom.

Has anyone had experience with zoas closing-up because of ultra low phosphate and nitrate?
That might also be it , although the tank is next to the front door and we're in and out of the dorm alot as well as all the plants in the room.
 

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I had problems with zoas for a while I was over filtering. I found increasing feedings cutting back how much filter media I was useing and adding amino acid supplement perked mine up.
Im probably going to try broadcast feeding a day before water change because i measured my nitrates and they're almost zero so i think thats the problem, its too clean
 
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