need help with fruit loop zoas

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So I bought fruit loop zoas and got them from tidal gardens last Saturday. I dipped them in coralRx and then bayer. Later on in the night they opened a little. And for the first 2 or 3 days they only opened a little. But a few of the heads never opened full and looked irritated by some hair algae that came on the plug. So I dipped it in 3% peroxide for 5 mins. And it has not opened since. I am attaching the before and after peroxide pics.

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Did you dilute the peroxide at all? 5 minutes in undiluted H2O2 is pretty intense. IMO the best thing you can do now is make sure it's in moderate flow/light and make sure nothing bothers it. I've found fruit loops to be somewhat sensitive. They grow fast when they're healthy but they're always the first to close up when my parameters swing. The picture isn't very clear, but they don't look too bad. Just give it some time.
 
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Did you dilute the peroxide at all? 5 minutes in undiluted H2O2 is pretty intense. IMO the best thing you can do now is make sure it's in moderate flow/light and make sure nothing bothers it. I've found fruit loops to be somewhat sensitive. They grow fast when they're healthy but they're always the first to close up when my parameters swing. The picture isn't very clear, but they don't look too bad. Just give it some time.
It was not diluted. On I believe the Billy pipes video he did it and said not to dilute it. He said do not dilute it just use 3%. Is that not right?
 

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Do you mean this video?

He also says to dip it for 2 minutes max. It's fine to use higher concentrations, but you have to reduce dip time too.
 
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Killing a zoa is hard. I'm sure yours will be fine! I think the best thing, as said, is leave them alone for a few and stress them as little as posible.
 
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I always use 3% peroxide on my frags to kill any algae that might be on them. I just pour it on the frag while holding it in my hand out of water. Then I set it down on a paper towel for about a minute and after that back into the water it came in. So I'm thinking you didn't hurt your zoas by doing what you did with peroxide.
I recently bought 2 frags off of ebay-1 with 2 polyps of WWC red twizzlers and 1 with 6 polyps of king midas. It took 4 days for the twizzlers to open and 2 weeks(yes 2 weeks) for 3 of the king midas to open, the others melted away. All that lived are doing well. So, just give it time and leave them alone, let them do what they're going to do.
 

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Be patient. I had a gobstopper zoa ( 3 polyps) fall off the rock and dissappear somewhere in my tank never to be seen again. Fast forward 1 year later and low and behold my urchin picked up the frag plug they were on and it has about 20 polyps. The thing literally survived and grew in the deepest darkest recess of my tank for over a year
 

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Never give up on zoas! I've had a antivenom frag melt down to a small piece of flesh out of no where and within 2 weeks it had more polyps than what it started with. As long as your tank environment is good (which it seems to be) it hopefully will bounce back.
 

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