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Unread 07/14/2008, 10:14 AM   #1
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Zoanthids growing together

I wanted to share some pics of zoanthids that I had growing together.
There were a few green zoas next to my watermelon colony. The watermelons were taking over, so I had to separate them.

If you have similar pics of zoanthids growing together I would be interested to see them.

Also, I'm curious to know what will happen to these now. Will they keep the same color pattern? or will one of the morphs slowly take back the rest of the polyp?

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Unread 07/14/2008, 10:29 AM   #2
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i've never seen this before.


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Unread 07/14/2008, 10:37 AM   #3
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dang!!! that's awesome... now, if the offspring can produce the same two tone coloration, that'll be an amazing morph!!!

pls keep us posted... and thanks for sharing..


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Unread 07/14/2008, 12:08 PM   #4
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that is probably one of the coolest things. take care of that one. wow.


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Unread 07/14/2008, 12:12 PM   #5
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Nice pics! One of those things you hear about but never see...until now!


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Unread 07/14/2008, 12:51 PM   #6
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Haha, that is awesome!! Only time I've seen something similar happen was when I had two colonies of orange bambams and dragon eyes cluttered on one rock. Few intersecting polyps would show a "splash" of color patterns present in both, but overtime they reverted back or were not able to reproduce offspring that showed similar patterns. I'm wondering if this is what Mendel witnessed as he played with recessive hybrids?


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Unread 07/14/2008, 01:19 PM   #7
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Lol thats the best thing, I had no idea thats how it happened!! what are you going to name it??


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Unread 07/14/2008, 01:58 PM   #8
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dang!!! that's awesome... now, if the offspring can produce the same two tone coloration, that'll be an amazing morph!!!

pls keep us posted... and thanks for sharing..
Yeah. If they actually propagated with the same pattern that would be sweet!

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Haha, that is awesome!! Only time I've seen something similar happen was when I had two colonies of orange bambams and dragon eyes cluttered on one rock. Few intersecting polyps would show a "splash" of color patterns present in both, but overtime they reverted back or were not able to reproduce offspring that showed similar patterns. I'm wondering if this is what Mendel witnessed as he played with recessive hybrids?
I have three polyps that are split 50/50 and one that is only about 20% watermelon. If they do revert back to a single morph, it will be interesting to see which morph is more dominant and takes over.

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Lol thats the best thing, I had no idea thats how it happened!! what are you going to name it??
Super Radioactive Wammin' Green Watermelons?




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Unread 07/14/2008, 07:51 PM   #9
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I had a similar thing happen in my tank a few months back (before my tangs went crazy and ate everything). I had some dragon eyes growing next to some green zoos with orange skirts and in the middle these psycadelic looking zoos developed.




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Unread 07/14/2008, 09:18 PM   #10
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Are you sure you didn't just get bored and bust out the photoshop?


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Unread 07/14/2008, 09:40 PM   #11
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I have two rocks with 2 different kinds of zoo's on each. I am going to take some before pics and keep an eye on them...


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Unread 07/14/2008, 09:57 PM   #12
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that sure is cool

Both morphs have identical skirts?

Do you have some pics of the mother colonies? I have to say that is the coolest thing especially if they keep there colors.


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Unread 07/15/2008, 06:38 AM   #13
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Are you sure you didn't just get bored and bust out the photoshop?
Bored? Sometimes.
THAT bored? Never

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I have two rocks with 2 different kinds of zoo's on each. I am going to take some before pics and keep an eye on them...
I have a mixed colony of green palys and red palys. Some of their stalks have grown onto the other morph's stalk, but never actually grew into the polyp. I also have some dragon eye zoas mixed with orange zoas, but I don't think they have done anything like this either.

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that sure is cool

Both morphs have identical skirts?

Do you have some pics of the mother colonies? I have to say that is the coolest thing especially if they keep there colors.
Yes. The skirts look like they are identical.

Here is an old pic from when I first put them on the rock:


A little later...


2 months ago...



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Unread 07/15/2008, 11:01 AM   #14
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No photoshop in mine (I wish I knew how to use photoshop)

Here is a link to my original post a year ago. Boy does time fly.


http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...readid=1154672


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thanks for the growth pics alan, those whammin watermelons look like they move and grow alot better then radioactive dragon eyes, i might have to get some.

BTW love the name but i think you need to change super to super duper lol


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Unread 07/15/2008, 03:59 PM   #16
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that is really amazing looking, and its amazing that zoas can do that. Now someone has to get them to do it over and over again. Wouldnt that be a breakthrough? mixing zoas? were they sharing the same mat? im guessing they were and i think that might be the trick to getting them to do this.


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Unread 07/15/2008, 04:57 PM   #17
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that is really amazing looking, and its amazing that zoas can do that. Now someone has to get them to do it over and over again. Wouldnt that be a breakthrough? mixing zoas? were they sharing the same mat? im guessing they were and i think that might be the trick to getting them to do this.
I think they do share the same mat

I found a couple more mixed polyps too. I think there are 6 or 7 total.

A few more pics...






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Unread 07/15/2008, 05:30 PM   #18
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That is so awesome!

Now I have to give this a try.


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Unread 07/15/2008, 05:38 PM   #19
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those are sweet hope they stay like that


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Unread 07/16/2008, 01:18 AM   #20
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that is awesome! Hope they propagate like that.


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Unread 07/16/2008, 05:13 AM   #21
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so what your saying is you think that you may have a mat that is connected to both dragon eyes and watermelons and thats what maybe caused the crazy mix of zoanthid you have[which looks awesome]?

im very curious because i have never heard of different zoa morphs sharing the same mat, that would be interesting. great thread, thanks for sharing.


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Unread 07/16/2008, 05:15 AM   #22
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after a close look at your third pic i would have to agree that it seems that the two morphs share a mat. thats great, since in your earlier time frame shots we can see that they started on opposite sides of the rock. I didnt know that was possible.


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