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    Bringing Zoas on a bit quicker...

    Hi guys, I bought a selection of corals from peterjames off this site several months ago and was wondering if they can be target fed to "bring them on" a bit quicker?!

    Although they are all looking healthy they dont seem to be growing/spreading. My aim was to frag some and then swap on this site to collect a wide range of corals for my bros, my dads and my tank. But untill they grow more heads im stuck.

    Im using t5s and M/H are out of the question as my tank is not big enough to warrent them, they would fry everything!

    So what tricks is there? and if target feeding is the way to go, what should i be feeding them?

    Thanks guys.

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    Bringing Zoas on a bit quicker...

    Also I bought a bubble tip for my clown about 2 weeks ago and I have tried feeding him 4 times now and every time he rejects it. Iv tried lance fish twice and prawn twice.

    The LFS i bought it from said feed him something meaty around once a week so im getting a bit worried that hes going to fade away.

    It seems happy enough and the clown loves it.

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    Bringing Zoas on a bit quicker...

    hi could you let us know about tank size, amount of lighting and which colours, ph temp and sg and what else is in the tank.
    peter

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    Bringing Zoas on a bit quicker...

    I've always noticed that my Zoas grow more quickly in the summer and I've always put this down to a slightly higher tank temperature.

    Light can be key.. but Zoas probably grow quickest for me in the 18x10x10 tank under PC lighting than the do in the main display under 150W of halide. Mind you, the PC lighting is a mix of marine white and tropical grow tubes (one of each) and the halide has recently switched from 14kK to 20kK.. so allowing for water depth the smaller tank probably has comparable, if not higher, PAR. It also has a lot of pod and critter life.

    If you want to feed up your zoas try a mix of freeze dried phytoplan, cyclopeeze or coral frenzy a couple of times a week.<^EDIT^>
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    Bringing Zoas on a bit quicker...

    Its a 75ltr tank with 2 x very small twin t5s 1 is white and the other is slightly pink. about 10-15kg LR 1 x power head. I havent got a test kit but when i had the water tested last which was 2 weeks ago ( nothing has been added since then) it was all within safe perameters( i forget the readings) salt is at 0.026

    inhabitants :
    2 snails 4 hermits 1 bristle worm 1 cleaner shrimp
    1 x clown 1 x blue line cleaner wrass 1 x humbug ( all small fish)

    then some small corals ( mainly frags):

    1 x small hammer
    several different zoas
    1 x pulse zenia
    1 x small finger coral
    1 x fist size finger coral
    1 x small sinularis
    1 x green bubble tip

    I no its probably over stocked but the water is changed regularly and the tank on a whole is doing fine.

    Thanks Kev

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    Bringing Zoas on a bit quicker...

    I know this goes against everything most people say but I think zoas grow quicker in slightly 'dirtier' water.

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    Bringing Zoas on a bit quicker...

    try a bit of aragamilk it has workod wonders with my corals.

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    Bringing Zoas on a bit quicker...

    Zoas love dirty water, at the end of me breaking up my tank i left the pump and heater on for the live rock and that was it, did no water changes or anythin like that, apart from top ups with tap water (bad i no) and it was like this for about 3 weeks as i had a hard job shifting it and the 2 polyps of zoas left ther grew like crazy, the guy who had bought it got some free zoas too

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    Bringing Zoas on a bit quicker...

    I think ill try the aragamilk, freeze dried phytoplan, cyclopeeze or coral frenzy 1st lol. Im pretty sure i'll upset something else in the tank if i let it get a bit dirty!

    Thanks for the ideas guys.

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