You will receive a 2-3 polyp frag. This is a NON-WYSIWYG Coral. This frag has been raised in captivity from our Zoanthid farm system.
Placement: Bottom to Top
Ideal Conditions: 75-79 F, Alkalinity 8-12, Calcium 400-440, Salinity 1.022-1.028.
Supplements: Two-Part, Magnesium, Trace Elements, Iodine, Coral Food.
Colorful, vibrant, hardy, fast growing coral. Can be placed next to neighboring Zoanthid polyps. Iodine dosing will support Zoanthid growth and color as well as feedings of small to medium micron foods.
In terms of care, both Zoanthids and Palythoa are fairly easy to keep. They tolerate a wide range of lighting intensities and water conditions. Once settled in, zoas multiply quickly. Zoanthids are unique due to how they incorporate sand and other small pieces of material into their tissue to help create their structure. In the wild, Zoanthids often occupy fringe environments (intertidal, back reef, other shallow areas, over dead corals), making them quite a hardy choice for the reef aquarist.
Zoanthids and Palythoa are found in corals reefs around the world. These polyps are harvested mainly from the islands of the Indopacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Zoanthids and Palythoa have an incredible array of colors and patterns that make them one of the most popular corals in the reef aquarium hobby.
Zoanthids require moderate water flow and low to moderate lighting (PAR 100-250) to maintain their color. T5’s, Metal Halides, or LED’s can all grow Zoanthids and Palythoa when the proper PAR levels are provided. For continued good health, they will also require the addition of iodine and other trace elements to the water. Zoas will reproduce easily in the reef aquarium by budding (splitting off a portion of their base or mouth), which will increase the size of their colony. They contain the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae which provide some of their nutritional requirements. They will also benefit from additional feedings of micro-plankton or brine shrimp given to each individual of the colony.