Introducing Zoanthid Corals (Zoanthus spp.), nature's miniature masterpieces, to adorn your saltwater reef aquarium. These captivating corals are a true marvel, showcasing a kaleidoscope of colors and mesmerizing patterns. Zoanthids are the perfect addition for both novice and experienced aquarists, elevating the beauty of your underwater world to new heights.
- Zoanthids thrive in well-maintained reef aquariums. Ensure your tank is at least 20 gallons or larger to provide ample space for growth and maintenance.
- Maintain stable water parameters, including a temperature range of 72-78°F (22-26°C), pH between 8.1 and 8.4, and specific gravity at 1.023-1.025.
- Provide moderate to high-intensity lighting, such as LED or T5 lights. Zoanthids contain symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae, which require light for photosynthesis.
- Moderate water flow is ideal, as it helps carry nutrients and waste away from the corals while providing them with oxygen and food particles.
- Zoanthids are primarily photosynthetic and obtain nutrients from their zooxanthellae. They can also capture small zooplankton from the water.
- Supplement their diet with marine-based coral foods containing zooplankton, phytoplankton, and dissolved organic matter.
- Feed them 1-2 times a week, particularly in low-nutrient reef tanks.
- Place Zoanthids on stable surfaces within the aquarium, like live rock or reef structures.
Keep them away from aggressive or stinging corals, as some species can be vulnerable to aggression.
- Regularly test and maintain excellent water quality. Perform regular water changes and use a protein skimmer to remove organic waste.
- Keep phosphate and nitrate levels low to prevent algae growth, which can smother Zoanthids.
- Ensure stable calcium, magnesium, and alkalinity levels for healthy coral growth.
- Handle Zoanthid corals with care, as they can release toxins when stressed. Wear gloves when fragging or handling them.
- Zoanthids can be propagated through fragging. Use coral cutters to carefully remove a small portion of the colony and place it on a suitable substrate to grow a new colony.
- Regularly inspect Zoanthids for signs of stress, disease, or predation. Address any issues promptly to maintain their health and vibrant colors.
Zoanthid corals are a fantastic addition to your reef aquarium, offering a burst of color and life. By providing them with the right conditions and care, you'll enjoy the beauty of these captivating corals for years to come, creating a stunning and thriving underwater ecosystem in your home.
This coral will come attached to a rock, shell or frag plug.
The Zoanthid frags are at least 2 polyps (many are much larger)