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SubscribeCORAL OF THE WEEK-------Zoanthus spp.
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Scientific name: Zoanthus spp.

Classification: Soft coral/zoanthid anemone

Common names: Button polyps, Zoo's, Zoa

Description: Zoanthids are colonies of small anemone looking polyps similar to sea mats. Fine tentacles radiate out from the edge of the disc. These polyps can be connected at the base, but only due to the way that they reproduce. They do not share a common base like sea mats do. Color is variable depending on type.

Hardiness: Zoanthids are extremly hardy, and are an excellent beginner coral. They can survive in all different kinds of conditions, and can also tolerate mild conditions of poor water quality.

Lighting: Can tolerate low light levels, but tend to develop brighter more intense colors under higher intensity lighting.

Water current: Low to Moderate prefered.

Temperature: Does well in a range of 76 to 84 degrees F.

Aggressiveness: Low. Encrusting growth pattern can lead to encroachment on its neighbors.

Feeding: Probably obtains most if not all of their nutrients from their zooanthellae, but may also benefit from phytoplankton.

Supplements: None noted. Normal acceptable water parameters.

Tank positioning: No special requirements other than low to moderate water flow. Zoanthids are usually placed near the bottom of the tank since they are not as light demanding. They also make great filler corals for placing between larger specimens.

Propagation: Easily propagated by cutting individual polyps fromt he main colony, and being netted down on some rubble. Placing rubble around the main colony will also allow the colony to bud off onto the rubble. They can also be cut and superglued to a suitable substrate.

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Very good pictures, Fire! Your zoos are gorgeous
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Great profile Nate however i thought you'd mention how toxic they are Either way those look awsome are they all yours?

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yep, they are all mine.....however the ones that are pictured are not the ones that we were talking about the other night. Those are members of the palythoa....I have some of this family, but dont have any current pictures of them.

This has already been linked to here, but it was along time ago, and was buried in another thread that I had started. Anyway, here is the thread on the palythoa toxins if anyone is intereste. http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=eb09f9ea9ae5019377b8b48128557a74&threadid=158730
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Yes there is also a thread on RC bout a guy that was fragging his zoo's and had them in a rubbermaid bin and his dog got into them and died.. was really sad
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Those are some nice Zoos FF. I was lucky enough to get a couple on a piece of LR a few weeks ago. I already have 2 new ones coming in. They are starting to turn a pinkish color. They were brown when I first got em.
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LOL firefighter, chucky is beating the bat in timing with the music i was listening to...too funny

nice zoos btw
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Good work FF, these are high on my list Also, great photos..... they are looking nice.

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just bumpin back up to the top for Adam.
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Nice Nate, I got few and they are awesome.
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Now are these exspensive because I really like that one and the one Honeybreze has.

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Depends on the colors that you want...what your LFS can get/does get in. Most lfs's dont ger in the jaw dropping colors, or if they do they are gone by the time that I get there. I find it easier to try to find sites that sell colorful zoa's and buy frags from theme, which can be kind of expensive...keep your eye out though......sometimes Ebay has some good ones that dont go for too much. Just do a search for "live coral"
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I paid $29.99 for a nice size colony on the piece of rock.
Yesterday i saw something new with this coral. I was feeding Frozen "Marine Cuisine" which contains mysis shrimp and other small meaty stuff and there were few small meaty food flowing around the tank and this coral catched few particles and it closed and so trapped the whatever food it catched.
Is this because it got scared or it will use that food to feed it self? Have you guys seen this before with Zoanthus? One frag actually caught a leg or something of the mysis shrimp and it just wouldn't let it go...I waited there for half hour to see what happens next but that frag was completely closed and it was still holding the leg of that mysis shrimp. It was amazing...
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Im betting you got some of the palythoa polyps.....is there any way that you can take a pic? Just a guess...are they green and brown?

You might have also got some "giant" buttons and they will take frozen brine and suck. I have some that are probably the size of a nickel.

Take a pic cause the palythoa polyps are pretty toxic. Read the link that was posted in one of the posts above.
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Thanks nate for the Info its appreciated!!!!!

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Nate, Here is the pic. Sorry i don't have a digital camera and i scan this pic so appologize for poor quality.
I think most of them are smaller than penny and i did touch them couple of times but please take a look and let me know if they seems toxics.

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yup, they look like palythoa to me. If you get in the tank to move them around then just wear some gloves......and wash up after.
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umm nate? burron polyps?
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I've been tryin forever to find a site that sells brilliant zoo's and I still havent found any. Do you have any reccomendations.
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Try Marinedepot.com I'm sure they have it.

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