Zoanthus sp

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Species Zoanthus sp.
Difficulty Easy
Required Lighting Medium/High
Temp. 22-25C (72-78F)
Placement Middle to top of tank
Coloration Various
pH 8.1-8.4
Specific Gravity 1.023-1.025
Water Hardness 9-19dh
Temperament Semi-Aggressive
Water Flow Moderate

Alternative names[edit]

Zoanthids, Zoos, Zoanthid Polyps, Sea Mats, Button Polyps

Tank compatibility[edit]

Will sting neighbouring coral.


Zoanthids contain a symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae and are therefore photosynthetic. They will benefit, however, from occasional feedings of microplankton.

Feeding regime[edit]

Only occasional feedings are necessary as they are photosynthetic corals.

Environment Specifics[edit]

Is sold as a "frag" that is easily placed into the tank. Provide it with space to grow as it will sting neighbouring coral. Their placement should be planned carefully. Needs a moderate flow to move water with poisons away to be cleaned out of the water. Zoanthus or "Zoas" will live under a varity of lighting conditions, however, for their colors to remain bright and vivid they should be placed in a region of 200 to 400 PAR.


Poisonous, ALWAYS wear gloves when handling this coral.


An attractive and popular colourful colony coral. They are available in a variety of colours including green, tan, pink, brown and orange.


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