Zoanthus sp. (Button Polyps)

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Zoanthus sp. (Button Polyps)

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:49 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: 19 February 2011


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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Moved to RSM

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:49 pm

Because the fragtank is now being prepared for an overflow the more fragile corals moved to the Red Sea Max for the time being.
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Recovering, added species

Post  thierry on Thu May 12, 2011 1:20 pm

I have edited the introduction and added the species. Also the buttons are opening again in the RSM.
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Cleaning 22-6-2011

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Quick Vacation Update

Post  thierry on Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:58 pm

I went to investigate why all the buttons on the sand where doing so poorly, well…I found out. All the rocks with buttons on the bottom had bristleworms on them, some of them where pretty large as well. All where bright red with a part black on them. I started removing them one by one from each of the button rocks.
I also moved some corals around in the RSM, couple moved to the fragtank, couple are staying (for now).
The rock with brown buttons moved on top of the Green buttons, to give more different colour buttons in one place.
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Cleaning 19-10-2011

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