Discussion in 'Fragging Techniques' started by Mandymae, Sep 13, 2015.
what about these "Lil trees"?
Like a really cool crab! mwhahaha
Just to go back for a second.... The coral that she posted up top... What is the name or type? And will my dang ole foxface devour it?
I'm pretty sure it's Protopalythoa. No normal Foxface will eat it.
Some palythoas contain palythoa toxica (palytoxin), although it's more common in zoanthids. This is the second deadliest poison known to man. Not many creatures will attempt to eat palys or zoas...
I never know to comment on this or not. Protopalythoa and pretty much all Zoanthids do produce seriously bad toxins. Palytoxin has only been found in Palythoa residing in a specific lagoon hosting a specific bacteria found nowhere else. So, we're not going to find Palytoxin in our aquariums thankfully. That doesn't mean it is ever safe to handle Zoanthids barehanded. Especially while fragging them. People do get sick, very sick, handling Zoanthids but the way you know it isn't Palytoxin is that the first symptom of Palytoxin poisoning is death.
Not sure how common it is or isn't in our tanks, but just reading stories of palythoa toxica is enough to make me extremely careful around any of them. One of the most common issues with palytoxin comes from people boiling rocks that have zoanthids on them... most often unnoticed zoanthids. Boiling them releases the poison and it's obviously very potent when it becomes airborne in steam. Nausea, headaches, fever, etc., are just a few of the effects it has on people. Although I haven't read of any deaths from vapor inhalation, it's makes you extremely sick, and it has to run it's course. There is no antidote for the poison, and since I have no way of knowing where they come from, I don't take any chances with any of them.
That's why I hesitate to comment. They ARE still very toxic and need to be handled as toxic as there are literally hundreds of different toxins associated with Zoanthids.
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