Zoanthus sp. (Button Polyp)

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Zoanthus sp. (Button Polyp)

Post  thierry on Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:20 pm

Source: liveaquaria.com

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  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  • Lighting: High
  • Waterflow: Medium
  • Placement: Middle to Top
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
  • Color Form: All sorts
  • 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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Origin and story so far

Post  thierry on Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:25 pm

This small rock with buttons comes from a big rock that had Toadstools, Mushrooms and much more on it. On April 6 2011 I placed this small rock on my project called crab-rock which moved from Frag-tank to sump to RSM and now couple of days ago it moved to it's location in the crab-tank.
Here is a shot made after placement July 6.


And here after the latest rebuild July 16.
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Post  thierry on Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:07 pm

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