Reef Lounge USA Spot Light Special: Black Death Zoa

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  1. Reef_Lounge_Jeff

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    Spotlight Special – Black Death Zoa


    Its time again for another “Spotlight Special†here at Reef Lounge USA! This week we will be showcasing a very interesting little coral that we’ve only seen once before way back in 2007!

    Introducing the Reef Lounge USA “Black Deaths†(Neozoanthus sp.)!

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    The story behind these little gems starts quite a while ago back in 2007. About a year before the CITES ban on export of live rock from Tonga we discovered a small colony of what appeared to be jet black zoanthids on a small chunk of branching rock from that infamous collection location. Being suckers for anything unusual the colony was moved to a small display where they grew, albeit slowly even with regular feedings. However, due to a mechanical failure that wasn’t caught soon enough, the resulting tank crash led to a loss of the original colony. Since then we have seen other people that also apparently found similar corals on their rocks as well, most of which date back to 2007-2009.

    Medium Frag - 2 Polyps
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    Six years after the discovery of the original colony we began to break down our live rock bin to make room for some more coral, and lo and behold, we found another, larger colony of the zoas that have haunted our nights for the better half of a decade!

    Small Frag – 1 Polyp
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    This second colony was split in two and one half was banked off-site with our Husbandry Specialist to ensure there is not a repeat of the previous tragic loss. The polyps we are growing out and propagating in the shop have proven to be much more vigorous than their previous incarnation, growing steadily enough that we felt comfortable taking a few frags to share with the reefing community.

    Large Frag – 4 Polyps
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    The “Black Death†appears to be a Neozoanthus species and despite their outward appearance appear to be photosynthetic, opening much better in lit regions of the tank than in the dark. They do however eat with vengeance and certainly benefit from regular feedings of mysis with boosted growth rates! They don't appear overly picky about flow or placement from what we’ve observed here in the shop.

    At this time we are only offering three frags of these very special polyps:

    Large Frag (4 Polyps): $150

    Medium Frag (2 Polyps): $90

    Small Frag (1 Polyp): $60


    Contact: sales@reefloungeusa.com
     
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  2. lionfish5740

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    They're sure different and look interesting but they do remind me of pesky anemones :suspicious:
    I would maybe try them if I was somebody that could afford the high end prices.
     
  3. Reef_Lounge_Will

    Reef_Lounge_Will Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Actually, these zoas are much more grey and black than the photos show. Not much blue at all.
    I will have
    Jeff, our photographer to take some photos tomorrow that shows the black color better.

    Update: Medium frag (2 Polyps) SOLD
     
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    These are really cool yet like you said more silvery black and not blue. I've had a few back when I first got in the hobby but sadly lost them. I actually obtained some unexpectedly about a year ago. Still only two polyps but very cool.
     
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    650-IS350 Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    Arent those the same as these?
    CoralPedia.com :: Black Crystal Death

    or the blue shurikens, under different lighting? regarless, nice Neozoanthus. Used to have tons of them until a tank crash. They will accept food.
     
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    Sure do look the same as coral pedias pic
     
  7. Reef_Lounge_Jeff

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    So here are a few photos that show the color a little more accurate. Very hard to get a photo that shows the color exactly without sacrificing details. Black is difficult to photograph. Still a few frags available. Enjoy.

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    I know someone that got a frag. Can't wait to go see them this weekend!
     
  9. Lidofishieboi

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    Let us know how it is! =D
     
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