How long can you "dip" zoas in freshwater before losing them completely? I ask this question rather sheepishly as I forgot about the nice small colony that I just bought yesterday. I was going to dip for a few minutes before putting in my tank when company arrived. I completely forgot about it until this morning. Needless to say...it was kind of stinky. I would say that it was in fresh COLD water for about 14 hours (in a bucket in the basement on the concrete floor).
I put in a tank just to see if it survived at all this morning. I'm hoping that it went into defensive overdrive and slime coated itself. Lights will be on in about 5 hours....so we will see.
After placement in tank: