Scientific Name: Zoanthus sp
Care Level: Moderate
Water Flow: Medium
Placement: Middle to Top
Notes: The Zoanthus Colony Polyp
Corals are also referred to as Sea Mats, or Button Polyps. Their most common
color is green, but they are also found in other bright colors, such as orange.
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. Zoanthus Colony
Polyp Corals are easy to maintain, making them a good choice for beginner reef
aquarists. They require a high light level combined with 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.
It is common to receive a rock that is not completely covered in polyps.
However, under the right conditions, they will quickly spread across this and
surrounding rocks in the aquarium.