Zoas and Palythoa
What you see is what you get. You will receive the exact coral pictured upon purchase.
Due to their ease of care Zoanthids are a great choice as a beginner coral. Zoa come in a wide array of colors, patterns and shapes making them highly sought after by both beginners and extreme collectors. Zoa can thrive in a wide range of tank conditions from medium to high flow and will tolerate a great range of lighting from low to moderate.
Zoanthids draw trace elements from the water and will benefit from iodine supplement and other nutrients in the water column. Zoa contain a symbiotic algae known as zooxanthellae which also helps to sustain the Zoanthids and Palythoa. Zoa will consume micro plankton and very small meaty foods through their mouths at the center of the disk. These foods include but are not limited to brine shrimp, chopped mysis, krill , squid or dried coral foods. Most advanced hobbyists will enjoy target feeding individual zoa polyps or the colony as a whole, but zoa may be sustained by simply broadcast feeding the tank.
Zoa can be found on many coral reefs and are harvested from several locations around the world. These include Indonesia , Vietnam, Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef and many others.
Propagation in the Home Aquaria
Given Zoanthid and Palythoas ease of care and quick growth rate the zoa is easily propagated. They can me grown on a variety of substrate including but not limited to rock, live rock, coral skeletons , crushed coral , sand and specialty made frag plugs or disks. Zoa will spread by creating a mat encrusting and growing new polyps. This mat can be cut and polyps separated from the colony. Once separated they can be glued to their desired location. Zoanthids and Palythoa do contain a very strong neurotoxin in their flesh called palytoxin. Due to this palytoxin extreme caution should be taken when working with zoa or paly.