Here at zoanthids.xyz, we’ve owned different sized reef tanks over the years, and the coral species that we’d introduce varied quite a lot in those tanks. But there was one coral species that always stole the show. You guessed it: Zoanthids.
What are Zoanthids?
Zoanthids or short form ‘zoas’, are soft polyp corals that come in a wild array of colors, growth rates and care requirements. They are some of the most incredible looking corals that are fully photosynthetic. They use symbiotic algae called Zooxanthellae in their tissues to produce sugars that feed the coral. Those symbiotic algae are what give the corals their incredible color. In the wild, Zoanthids are found in both shallow, medium and deep water depending on the variation their lighting requirements may vary, but they generally like medium light intensity, and they love medium to high flow.
Reproduction & Growth
Zoanthids are easy corals to keep, provided you find them a great spot in your tank. They reproduce by budding polyps off the main polyp, and depending on the variation, a single polyp can turn into a colony very quickly. Common zoanthids can go for a few dollars per polyp (pp), while rare zoanthids can go for thousands of dollars pp. Usually common zoas are fast growers, and quite hardy. While rarer variations are slow growers, and may require more specific water parameters. The abundance in variation means there are zoanthid corals for everyone, no matter your budget or tank size.
Our goal here at zoanthids.xyz is to cover all the information, you the reef hobbyist, requires in order to care for these incredible corals. Sit back and relax as we take an in-depth dive into all things Zoanthid related.
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The Zoanthid.xyz team