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    My Zoa is growing another polyp from its mouth!

    Ok, so I have a pic that will hopefully upload. The picture is of my alpha and omega frag that has a single polyp growing a second polyp right from its mouth! I have no idea why and didnt realize this was even possible. Has anyone ever seen this before? Im not worried about it because the frag is healthy I just wanted some input.
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    You sure it's not "pooping"? How long has it looked like that?

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    Yeah, I think its pooping too, OR it got a hold of a piece of nori or seaweed that you may have been feeding the fish?
    My zoas get nori every once in a while when they catch it.
    They do some pooping once in a while too!

    Some zoas actually send out what looks like a streamer to attack other coral. I have seen some of my zoas send out a streamer about 4-5" long from their mouth.
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    Ok, it is not poop, lol. I may not know a lot of things but I do know that for a fact. I know that it is a polyp growing from the mouth or almost on top of it if its not actually "from the mouth". I was just curious if anyone has ever seen this? Like I said before, not concerned at all just was sharing and curious how rare this phenomenon is. I'll see if I cant get a better pic and post it up, I realize that the quality is low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickenofthesea View Post
    Ok, it is not poop, lol.
    Crazy that a polyp would grow from another polyps mouth - I've never heard of or seen that before! Looking forward to a better pic, if you can grab it. You may have the first ever Zoa-Regurgitating Zoanthid ever! lol

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    These are some better shots with the little polyp actually starting to open up a little



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    Oh, wow...that is odd! Pretty cool though!

    The polyps look different. They dont look like the skirt of a zoa.
    Last edited by IPisces; 04-04-2012 at 01:34 PM.

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    When they are lower in the tank the skirt tends to extend more and be thinner than it appears in these pics.

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    Could it be in the process of developing a double skirt?. Any new pics? I think its going to grow into another skirt.

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    This is wicked!

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    i agree its wicked!take good care of that polyp...see what its gonna turn out when it fully grow...keep us updated.
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    no way!! looks cool

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    Hey Chickenofthesea:

    Anything new with this polyp? It almost looks like it's in mid-divide.

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    Very cool. Got to love this hobby.

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