Coral Spotlight | Zoanthids and Palythoas

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Common names: zoos, zoanthids, button polyps, palythoas, palys

Difficulty Level:Zoanthids are extremely tolerant and a great choice for beginners due to their fast growth speed and broad range of colors.

Feeding: These corals prefer phytoplankton though their primary source of nutrition is photosynthesis.

Lighting (Level 4 to 10):Zoas will adapt to almost any type of lighting although care should be taken when moving them into higher lighting areas.

Water flow: These corals do well with moderate to high water flow.

Placement: Zoas are fast growers which have the ability to encroach upon most hard corals and shade them out over time. They grow toward their light source, so try to keep susceptible corals out of their path.

General: These corals come in an endless variety of colors and sizes. Though they are nearly the same biologically their unique zooxanthellae has given them endless names in reference to their color. Many of these colors are dependent on lighting conditions and will color morph under the wrong type of lighting

https://captivecoral.net/portfolio/zoas-palys/


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There’s no better pattern to fill a frame with than a field of colorful zoanthids! Who’s growing a nice colony of these ones?




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What do you consider to be the wrong type of lighting that lead to morphing?
There’s really no wrong or right type of lighting. Different intensities and spectrums will cause zoas to adapt and change colors though. The best colors are usually found under light that’s biased towards the blue end of the spectrum and a little bit on the dim side.


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Many of these colors are dependent on lighting conditions and will color morph under the wrong type of lighting
There’s really no wrong or right type of lighting. Different intensities and spectrums will cause zoas to adapt and change colors though. The best colors are usually found under light that’s biased towards the blue end of the spectrum and a little bit on the dim side.


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I was asking since you said "Many of these colors are dependent on lighting conditions and will color morph under the wrong type of lighting". I understand the way light conditions can change the Zoa but I thought maybe there was some lighting you know as being the 'wrong type".
Thanks for the reply and all the good info/picts you post.
 
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Nice close shot of these ones. I wanna call them “Solar Eclipse” but I’m really not sure on this one...




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