Safe...or pest ?

Discussion in 'Zoa Discussion (CLUB ZOA)' started by Transporter, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Transporter

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    Ok, so after a couple days of searching, I have still not come to a solid determination as to what kind of inhabitants can be safely kept with Zoas & paly's . Other than the obvious zoa eating nudi's and obvious non-reef safe fish, are there any other certain fish / inverts to be warry of ? Or is this all mostly a 50-50 chance ?
    Now, what I am not talking about is how some Gobies will cover up low laying corals...that is for any coral. What I am talking about is I have read that green emerald crabs have a peculiar "taste" for Zoas. Does that go for all crabs, just hermit crabs, just the green emerald crab ? Also, I read on a post that someone's sexy shrimp developed a taste for their zoas, as well. Does this include all shrimp, just the sexy shrimp, small shrimp, cleaner shrimp,etc ? See where I am going with this ? I do understand that with shrimp, the general consensus is that if they are fed well, they "shouldn't" mess with zoas...but does this pertain to all of them ?

    I am getting ready to turn one of my spare aquariums into a Zoa/paly garden, and am curious to the inhabitants that are known to be safe with them.

    Thanks,
    ~S~
     

  2. Ty Hamatake

    Ty Hamatake Hi, my name is Ty and I'm a Reefer... R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018

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    The only problem I've had with my cleaner shrimp and hermit crabs is stealing food. That was back when I was spot feeding, but now that I rely more on broadcast feeding it hasn't been an issue. The only problem with this question (and most of the questions in this hobby looking for a solid answer) is that most the answers will be anecdotal at best. A lot of "IME..." type stuff, but if you look hard enough I'm sure you'll find information somewhere that someone has had problems with things that most do not.
     
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    This is kinda what I was thinking as well. I just wasn't sure if there were any definite no-no's or "for sure's". Thank you for the honest opinion !
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  4. Ty Hamatake

    Ty Hamatake Hi, my name is Ty and I'm a Reefer... R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018

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    Yeah, it's a confusing and sometimes frustrating game we have all played at one point. I'd say go with the majority and if you get a different result, post about it! The best thing we can do for our community is spread knowledge and experiences to help those after us!
     
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    I removed cleaner shrimp out of my system because it's just pure annoying to some corals and anemone, they steal food and at some points they keep poking corals/anemones and keep making them close up, they did the same to my clams. I'm a lot happier without those shrimps in my tank. Same for pistol shrimp/watchman goby pair. The CUC I'm refer now are snails and scarlet hermits. For fish I'm having royal gamma, purple firefish, six lines wrasses and Bangai Cardinal. Oh, I removed a pair Percular Clownfish too just because they are freaking silly and always try to host something they shouldn't try to host.
     
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