Zoanthid parasite?? ID help please

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    So I noticed several of my zoas look like they are getting infested with what I can only describe as a black looking round parasite? Not sure what it is but u can't see it with your eyes, I zoomed for these pics. At first u didn't trip but it looks like it spread a bit so I dipped a cpupke frags tonight to see what happens. I can't say that it's negatively effecting any of the zoas...but I don't want to wait for that to happen and maybe be proactive. Any ideas what I'm dealung with here? And insight as to what I should do to address it? Fish specific, dipping, etc. Thanks 20170110_174145.jpg 20170110_174154.jpg

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    wow. I want to say flat worms. is the stalk a Paly?
    looks like a leather.
     
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    Def not flat worms...not unless that's just poop I'm looking at but I would expect poop to blow off with turkey baster. The stalk is actually a zoa base (zoomed in picture)
     
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    Anybody think it could be poop from maybe zoa spiders?? Just spit balling here
     
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    got it. really fuzzy lil things. excellent try.
    Look up zoa eating nudis. that's pretty typical behavior, they are sap suckers, so the babies will surround the stalks.
    get the dip ready. Peroxide will def do in a pinch.
     
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    I havnt actually seen any spiders but not sure I woulda noticed since I was never specifically looking for them
     
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    It's wierd cause I can see it looks like round black dots and upon super close inspection it's definately on the outside of the skin.
     
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    yea, its best to look as close as you can and google suspects that fit the shape.
    imo those arent spiders. you didnt get goose bumps, thats how you tell. the are creepy
     
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    I've never . I thought spiders were kind of
     
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    Looks like red bugs!
     
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    def not spider poop lol
     
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    they look like a type of flat worm if you have a 100m lens take a pic I enlarged the pic they look like they have the 2 pointy antenna like a flat worm
     
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    Scrape some off, and see if you can look at them over something very white. Get a magnifying glass!!!
     
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    Aren't red bugs brownish red tho? I Googled and read thru several forums so far. Thanks for the thoughts so far all :) appreciate it. More heads the better. I don't have a high magnifying on my cell camera but I will look for a magnifying glass-I gota have one somewhere. Will have to look toMoro when the light come back on tho.
     
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    Also just a quick note...I have zero acropora and Montipora in my tank. It's all zoas, mushroOMs and some other LPS stuff but not much
     
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    Hahaha..

    Hey Tuna, Jason the long haied guy in SD. crabby .
    You prob know zoa bugs well.
     
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    I've never seen that. Is it bothering the zoas at all?
     
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