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Post  thierry on Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:58 pm

Source: liveaquaria.com

QUICK STATS
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  • Lighting: Moderate to High
  • Waterflow: Medium
  • Placement: Middle to Top
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
  • Color Form: Red, Tan
  • Origin: South Pacific
  • Family: Zoanthidae
  • Insert Date: 10 July 2009


The Zoanthus Button Polyp Corals are also referred to as Sea Mats, or Colonial Polyps. Their most common color is green, but are also found in other colors, such as light pink to lavender. They are colonial animals with multiple individual polyps attached to a piece of live rock.
These polyps have the ability to sting other polyps or corals. While the sting is not strong, they are semi-aggressive and need to have space between their colony and any neighbors since they tend to crowd them out. They are easy to maintain, making them a good choice for beginner reef aquarists. They require a high light level combined with a medium water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, they will also require the addition of iodine and other trace elements to the water.

They 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 almost all of their nutritional requirements. Especially if the lighting is not optimal, they should be fed micro-plankton or baby brine shrimp.

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http://www.fishlore.com/coral/zoanthids-button-polyps.htm
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Post  thierry on Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:31 pm

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Post  thierry on Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:05 am

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Post  thierry on Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:14 am

The buttons have moved a bit now. The mushroom that was attached to that rock was now attached to another rock, so they have more room for their own now. The also seem to do better in their new location.
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Post  thierry on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:15 pm

Our last addition where there buttons, only here for 2 months and already expending and changing. The rock came with a Red Mushroom on it, but after we needed to catch the Angelfish the mushroom broke off the rock, still attached to another rock. So now the rock only has buttons on it, and they are expending territory. They do have some problems with a Sea Anemone bugging them now, but we tried to kill it already.
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Post  thierry on Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:44 pm

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Post  thierry on Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:06 pm

Yesterday my wife injected the plague anemones in the aquarium, also the one shown in the above picture. Hopefully the buttons didn't get damaged by the boiling water that ran through the anemone and hopefully the anemone is dead now.
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Post  thierry on Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:43 pm

The Sea anemone in between these buttons seem to have been killed.
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Post  thierry on Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:05 pm

Still there, don’t seem to be growing a lot, but also not appear to be dying. Might just go very slow.
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Post  thierry on Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:07 pm

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Post  thierry on Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:29 pm

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Post  thierry on Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:27 am

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Post  thierry on Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:06 pm

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Post  thierry on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:40 am

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Post  thierry on Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:19 pm

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Post  thierry on Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:15 pm

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Post  thierry on Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:32 pm

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Post  thierry on Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:36 pm

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