Zoanthids- a photographic journey

Throughout the years that I’ve kept marine aquariums, photography has been the driving force fueling my passion. In fact, one of the main reasons I decided to set up a saltwater tank in the first place was to photograph corals with my (then) newly acquired macro...

Featured Coral – Zoanthid

Our Featured Coral of the Week is Red, White(ish) and Blue.  Independence Day is almost here and I thought it would be appropriate to feature a coral ahead of the holiday that has our flags colors in it.  Sometimes referred to by collectors and hobbyists as Firecracker zoanthids or Polish Princes, we really like this Zoa and are curious if any of our readers have this in their zoa collection. Zoanthids are an order of cnidarians called Zoantharia. Commonly seen in shallow coral reefs and at greater depths in several of the worlds oceans and seas.  These coralmorps or false corals are sometimes called soft corals which in actuality is a misnomer.  They are seen in a variety of different colonizing formations and they are available

Pink Hearts Palythoa

Pink Hearts Palythoa The Pink Hearts Palys are a beautiful morph with red and pink centers and a contrasting skirt.  Pink and red are two of the more less common colors we see in corals so if you are a zoa or paly collector then this one might be one of your favorites after it begins to reproduce in the aquarium. CARE LEVEL:  Easy TEMPERAMENT: Peaceful PLACEMENT: On Rockwork or Rubble WATER MOVEMENT: Moderate LIGHTING:  Moderate to high Pink Hearts Paly HUSBANDRY SIDE NOTES:  The Pink Hearts Paly tends to do well in brighter lighting than many other Palythoa species. Leave room for colony to expand and watch it grow into a nice colony. About Zoanthid and Palythoa Polyps Zoanthids and Palythoa have been extremely popular

Epizoanthus, and the Hermit Crabs that love them

One of the most diverse groups of zoantharian corals is also one of the least known amongst aquarists. Epizoanthus is composed of dozens of species, ranging from shallow waters to habitats hundreds of meters deep, from tropical coral reefs to cold temperate climes,...
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