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    thefishgirl - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Zoa fresh water dip - the longest you can keep in freshwater?

    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.

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    Looking forward to seeing what happens. I am going to guess, if they havnt completely melted, they will survive. Good luck!

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    thefishgirl - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I was shocked to still seem them intact. I will go down and take a pic of them real qiuck. Photograph the progress or digress of my little colony.

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    zoas seem to be tough little buggers... i bet they survive, or at least, most of them do... but, don't expect any holiday greetings / cards from them this year!

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    Looks like they just may pull through-you gonna try an see how long they can go exposed to air next? Hmmm? Lol
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    thefishgirl - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by MizTanks View Post
    Looks like they just may pull through-you gonna try an see how long they can go exposed to air next? Hmmm? Lol
    You just never know what I'm cooking up in my lab.....
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    Zoas can survive in the air quite a while. They often ship dry in bags. However I don't recommend fresh water dips. This is 2011 not 1990! LOL. We have much better options at our disposal now.
    Quote Originally Posted by MizTanks View Post
    Looks like they just may pull through-you gonna try an see how long they can go exposed to air next? Hmmm? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by schminksbro View Post
    . However I don't recommend fresh water dips. This is 2011 not 1990! LOL. We have much better options at our disposal now.

    Ohhh... and don't I know it. However, it's what I had available at the time. In hindsight, I might be better off. I'm not sure they would be so "healthy" if I left them in a vat of chemicals for that long. (not that they've opened up yet... but they are also not mush either...so I still have hope).

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefishgirl View Post
    I'm not sure they would be so "healthy" if I left them in a vat of chemicals for that long.
    Good point!

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    lol...One thing is for sure. Your dip worked.
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