Is this a zoa or........?

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Total noob here....
Started transferring my few corals and frags from my 180g as I am preparing for a deep clean this weekend and redoing the aqua scape. But that is another thread.

This mushroom (I think) I picked up recently has enveloped a small piece or rock and I just noticed this sprouting out.

Any ideas?

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Awesome, thank you.
It’s definitely a palythoa and there are several types that do and don’t produce palytoxin that all look very very similar to the one you have so please be very careful before doing anything with it, maybe do some research. Palytoxin can be deadly if inhaled so there are some precautions to take when working with these corals. Not trying to scare you, plenty of people have these corals. Just something to be aware of. Any way you could get a close up of it under a little more light? There is basically only 1 species in the aquarium trade that produces the toxin, palythoa Heliodiscus. It can be identified by light colored rays radiating from the center to the edge of the disc, and little nubs on the edge of the disc between each pair of tentacles.
 
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Green paly. , The will grow fast and spread ( I know) and can be hard to get rid of so keep it on a rock by itself. The reason it's on that frag shows how they will spread .
 
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It’s definitely a palythoa and there are several types that do and don’t produce palytoxin that all look very very similar to the one you have so please be very careful before doing anything with it, maybe do some research. Palytoxin can be deadly if inhaled so there are some precautions to take when working with these corals. Not trying to scare you, plenty of people have these corals. Just something to be aware of. Any way you could get a close up of it under a little more light? There is basically only 1 species in the aquarium trade that produces the toxin, palythoa Heliodiscus. It can be identified by light colored rays radiating from the center to the edge of the disc, and little nubs on the edge of the disc between each pair of tentacles.
Thank you for the words of caution and appreciate it. Luckily for me, when I jump into something I wind up doing a lot of reading and other research and was aware of the safety precautions when handling/fragging them.
I will snap a better pic when I get off shift. It came from a guy I met locally with lots of higher end corals so figured it was a zoa that hitchhiked but sometimes looks are deceiving.
 

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Thank you for the words of caution and appreciate it. Luckily for me, when I jump into something I wind up doing a lot of reading and other research and was aware of the safety precautions when handling/fragging them.
I will snap a better pic when I get off shift. It came from a guy I met locally with lots of higher end corals so figured it was a zoa that hitchhiked but sometimes looks are deceiving.
By the way, welcome to Reef2Reef!
 

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