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Whats the difference between a zoo, zoa and a paly? (pics would be awesome)
Zoa = Common nickname for Zoanthus.
Zoo = Misspelling of the common nickname for Zoanthus.
Paly = Common nickname for Protopalythoa, a Zoanthid closely related to Zoanthus. Often called Button Polyps.
Palythoa = Uncommon in the hobby but not rare. Distinguished from Protopalythoa by the absence of a stem and much more mat forming.
Palytoxin = Found rarely in South Pacific Palythoa. Believed to be formed from a specific Dinoflagellate not yet found to exist in the hobby.
Zoanthid toxicity = All are toxic to some degree. Many are very toxic but it's from toxins other than Palytoxin.
YES! You should worry about toxins from corals, especially Zoanthids. They can make you very sick. Wear gloves and consider anything the slime touches as hazardous.
Ill take the toxin more seriously, the lfs guy I talked to basically said, well, ive been touching them for 20 years now and im still standing. It just makes my fingers numb once in a while lol