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Old 04-25-2018, 10:16 AM   #1
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Exclamation Palytoxin alert in zoanthid corals!

Entire family sickened by zoanthid coral toxins in the air
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Found this a good read about the subject.

https://reefs.com/2015/09/14/the-dan...xicity-part-1/
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Thanks, sswm. That's a useful article.

I like the annotated phylogram!
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Wonder how they actually got into contact with the toxin?

Did he try to scrub the zoas in hot water?
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I cannot say for sure 100percent it happen to me for the same reason. But what happen to me is also after I scrub of the brown/green zoa coral that has grown all over the tank including the walls of the tank. After cleaning, a hour later I fall sick. I had symptoms of vomiting, shivering, feeling cold, had asthma like breathing problem. I was admitted into hospital the next day and was feeling real bad. I was in the hospital for four days. The doctors feared I will be having a heart attack. After a lot of blood test, xrays, scan, they confirm its acute influenza virus A. It was a friend of mine who question me what I did and told me its toxin from these corals because I scrub them up. This happen last March and it took six weeks for me to recover. I am just sharing my experience but I cannot confirm its because of what I did to the coral, but I can only guess. I dare not even share this with my spouse otherwise all my SW tanks will be gone. My spouse feared that I will be gone because I was really badly sick.

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Wow, loonie, I'm sorry that happened to you!
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well after watching this news last night on CBC , my dream of having SW tank is vanished by my wife forever... i told her most likely this guy didnt know what he was doing , but nope she said never SW tank coming to this house ...
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A similar thing happened to an English family recently http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/0...alizes-10.html

It would appear to me these people have no idea what they are doing... Either they're scrubbing palys right off their rocks and spreading the contaminated juices all over the place for their families to touch or they're being sickned by something completely different. Either way, people need to take the proper precautions when working in their tanks and not just because of potential palytoxin poisoning. Other corals like leathers and xenia can also be toxic.
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the guy in the video says most likely it happend because of his own negligence. i dont even like putting my bare hands into my freshwater tanks ...i bought a long gloves from big als for maintenance after i watched some videos about danger of aquariums in ur house ... i have a marine biologist friend and he says never handle any corals without gloves ...
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Wow, loonie, I'm sorry that happened to you!
Thank you. I been keeping fish, both SW and FW for 40years, this is my first experience. But nothing happen to my wife, I am the only one affected. As I said, am not 100percent sure of the cause.
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