My first colector grade zoa

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I got my first colector zoa to grow in my zoa garden I'm setting up. I got a single polyp of ssb thermosphere zoanthids from my lfs in houston for a really good deal so hopefully I can grow it out and spread the love with some frags. I've got some other zoas in the garden like daisy cutters, star fox zoas, tsa tiki torches, some tsa black pearl zoas and some some Gatorade zoas but this is by far the nicest zoa in my collection. A few of my other favorite corals in my tank are a sunkist bounce mushroom, a smoothie king challice and a weeping willow leather lmk if yall want to see them too. It's not the best image quality because I'm using my phone but if anybody knows good settings for a note 20 for taking pictures of coral with an orange clip on filter please lmk

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Also I've never grown out zoas to sell but does anyone have any tips for how I could grow them out or what I should let them grow on to help with fragging them later on. I want to be able to frag it to give others the chance I got to have a cool colector zoa
 

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that looks like a Predator (they also have like 10 other names). LFS all around the country have been getting these and they do look similar to a thermo but thermopsheres do not have such a speckled center.

The original person to name it was New York Reef Aquarium

Here is what thermos generally look like https://www.reef2reef.com/attachments/20200616_141200-jpg.1631841/

supposedly they can develop those speckles but it seems only SBB has done that because all the ones I've seen have a plain center.
 
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that looks like a Predator (they also have like 10 other names). LFS all around the country have been getting these and they do look similar to a thermo but thermopsheres do not have such a speckled center.

The original person to name it was New York Reef Aquarium

Here is what thermos generally look like https://www.reef2reef.com/attachments/20200616_141200-jpg.1631841/

supposedly they can develop those speckles but it seems only SBB has done that because all the ones I've seen have a plain center.
They do look similar but thermosphere also have speckled center. And the only reason I know it's a thermosphere is because of the store I bought it from, they carry all kinds of high end zoas, they had gmk zoas right next to them as well as lsoh, they have Mohicans and others I don't remember the names. But it's a very nice aquarium store on houston called aquarium design group I don't think they would risk their reputation if they didn't know for sure what they were. Idk if you know who George farmer is but he is one of if not the most famous aquascapers in the world behind takashi amano but he's been all around the world to aquarium stores and he's said it's one of the nicest and his favorite stores he's ever seen. So im confident in the id
 
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that looks like a Predator (they also have like 10 other names). LFS all around the country have been getting these and they do look similar to a thermo but thermopsheres do not have such a speckled center.

The original person to name it was New York Reef Aquarium

Here is what thermos generally look like https://www.reef2reef.com/attachments/20200616_141200-jpg.1631841/

supposedly they can develop those speckles but it seems only SBB has done that because all the ones I've seen have a plain center.
Also I just realized the skirt on the Predator is the reverse of the thermosphere. If you look the Predator has a yellow skirt with green rings where thermosphere has a green skirt with yellow rings and my zoa has the green skirt
 

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Also I've never grown out zoas to sell but does anyone have any tips for how I could grow them out or what I should let them grow on to help with fragging them later on. I want to be able to frag it to give others the chance I got to have a cool colector zoa

All the general rules apply. Good lighting, stable water parameters, adequate flow, etc. etc. Oh and patience. Some varieties of zoas/pallys grow like weeds, while others take the slow and steady route. The types with larger polyps may also benefit from targeted feeding as well.
 

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I got my first colector zoa to grow in my zoa garden I'm setting up. I got a single polyp of ssb thermosphere zoanthids from my lfs in houston for a really good deal so hopefully I can grow it out and spread the love with some frags. I've got some other zoas in the garden like daisy cutters, star fox zoas, tsa tiki torches, some tsa black pearl zoas and some some Gatorade zoas but this is by far the nicest zoa in my collection. A few of my other favorite corals in my tank are a sunkist bounce mushroom, a smoothie king challice and a weeping willow leather lmk if yall want to see them too. It's not the best image quality because I'm using my phone but if anybody knows good settings for a note 20 for taking pictures of coral with an orange clip on filter please lmk

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Use the professional mode, leave everything else on auto, but manually adjust MF (focus). Go to more on the camera screen bottom and select pro. You can get some pretty good pictures, but I still ordered a dslr camera. I have the note 20 ultra.
 

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Use the professional mode, leave everything else on auto, but manually adjust MF (focus). Go to more on the camera screen bottom and select pro. You can get some pretty good pictures, but I still ordered a dslr camera. I have the note 20 ultra.
Thanks for the tip, I have the same phone so that should be good
 
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