Zoa only tank?

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Hi all, I've been seduced by Zoas, and apart from a green Kenya tree that I bought at the weekend, I fancied the idea of Zoas all over the rockwork, a bit like a flowering garden.
So: what could possibly go wrong? Are some not compatible, are they expensive, do they not proliferate quickly?
I found this pic somewhere and ondered if this was do-able.
My DT is 1550mm long.

Last Edit: Oct 5, 2020 11:23:18 pm by semiroundel

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I am with you - last time around I couldn't be bothered with Zoas, this time though am absolutely loving them!


Big zoa gardens are very possible are not hugely difficult to maintain (though some zoas can occasionally sulk for no apparent reason!). Most will grow well and reasonably quickly but invariably some will be more robust than others and can easily take over the others. I would bet that something like the pictures are actually multiple frag plugs/ individual rocks clustered together to manage the mix.


Some zoas are stupid prices and cost hundreds per polyp, however in my experience the cost doesn't necessarily correlate to good looking! It is well worth a go but clearly will but a little hit and miss as you balance the different types. (If you go for it am always up for swaps to expand each of our collections!)

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Big zoa gardens are very possible are not hugely difficult to maintain (though some zoas can occasionally sulk for no apparent reason!). Most will grow well and reasonably quickly but invariably some will be more robust than others and can easily take over the others. I would bet that something like the pictures are actually multiple frag plugs/ individual rocks clustered together to manage the mix.

Think you're right,  whenever i've put a bunch on a rock, just one type has ended up taking over.

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Started developing my own garden

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looking good,  how's that molly doing? Still weirds me out seeing them in a reef tank  lol

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Absolutely thriving, think it was Ratvan who said they help with algae and they certainly do, in fact when I put sea weed in for the foxface that is there 1st

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Pictutre of budding garden in blue light and filter on camera phone

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Started developing my own garden
Wow in no time at all, you've got a lovely DT there, well done that man!

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