Zoanthus sp. (Button Polyp)

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Zoanthus sp. (Button Polyp)

Post  thierry on Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:34 am

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: 14 December 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.

Links:
http://www.fishlore.com/coral/zoanthids-button-polyps.htm


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First Pictures

Post  thierry on Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:44 pm

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Januari 13

Post  thierry on Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:39 pm

They seem to be growing pretty well, seems they are more/bigger then when they where added Smile


Also made short movie with the buttons on it as well as the neighboring algea :p
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New pictures

Post  thierry on Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:52 pm

Got some new pictures after cleaning the aquarium on Januari 24. Also noticed some new buttons growing, so guess they are doing fine Smile
Also got a "night" shot of the buttons, now you can see how fluorisent they are at night.


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Februari 8

Post  thierry on Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:53 pm

The buttons are growing very well, hopefully they attach to the stone below soon because the rock they are on isn't very solid.


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Hermit Crab Added

Post  thierry on Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:12 pm

Tuesday we added a Hermit Crab, and quickly he found his way to the buttons, and over them closing all the buttons.

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Cleaning February 14

Post  thierry on Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:31 pm

Not much to report, still multiplying

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3-3-2010

Post  thierry on Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:31 pm

Thanks to the blue Starfish the rock has moved, also some buttons where damaged. Hope everything recovers soon.

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Buttons closing

Post  thierry on Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:21 pm

Many of the buttons are closed and wont open anymore, they really have trouble with the algae that is spreading rapidly. Trying to keep them clean and added some coral food to hopefully let them expend again

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The road to rebuilding Pt 1

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:28 pm

The first stone with button polyps, it grew pretty fast when I first got them, but now the brown stuff makes it hard for the buttons to open. The location it now has is a good one, but it will move a bit in the new situation. Also hope the brown stuff stays away then.
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The road to rebuilding Pt2

Post  thierry on Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:25 pm

The buttons and polyps will have a nice location at the very top, where I hope they will build a sort of a bridge. They will have a lot of light there, and not too much water flow. So the idea is to have a bridge between rock pillars filled with polyps. All three polyp types will be located at the top is the idea. The button and colony polyps are already located high, but also the star polyps will be put there…if they manage to stay open for another week.
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Found some information on Fishlore

Post  thierry on Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:55 pm

Found an article on Fishlore
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Rebuilding Day 1

Post  thierry on Fri May 14, 2010 11:28 am

Put it in a bucket together with the other polyps (green star and colony).
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Rebuilding Day 4, the aftermath

Post  thierry on Mon May 17, 2010 3:40 pm

The green buttons that where at the front are already opened, the others are closed still, but I expect them to open soon also...the new location should be very well suited for them.
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The days after, Part 1

Post  thierry on Tue May 18, 2010 10:40 am

The buttons are mostly closed, except for the ones now facing to the back of the aquarium. Too bad the rock fitted best this way, but you can see them from the side, and hopefully they will expend.
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The days after, Part 2

Post  thierry on Wed May 19, 2010 10:35 am

The Brown buttons up front are also opening now, so slowly we get everything back the way it was.
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Many new corals

Post  thierry on Fri May 28, 2010 12:06 pm

We moved the buttons a bit to a different location to make the new corals fit better. Also now more buttons are visible, instead of the biggest part facing the back wall.
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June 2 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:10 pm

The button polyps are growing big and many again, just like they did in the beginning when we first got them.
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Added new Urchin, Hermit Crab and Mushrooms

Post  thierry on Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:12 pm

The button polyps are still doing good. The lighter green ones are hardly visible though, but that is mainly because they are on top/back of the rock.
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New Sand Sifting Sea Star

Post  thierry on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:48 pm

The buttons are doing fine, only it seems the brown stuff is coming closer every day. Till now it doesn’t seem to bother them yet.

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Added Yellow Wrasse and Coral Beauty Angelfish

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New corals

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Mushrooms Split

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