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Picture of the Week, Gold Maul Palythoa

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The Polyp Craze, a Look at Why Zoanthids and Palythoas are So Popular Even After All These Years

Sunny delight Zoas, Photo Credit: ReefKoi Corals In this hobby we see coral and invert phases come and go. From clams to chalices and even maxi mini anemones, it seems like they all go through a lot of initial hype then slowly decline in popularity. One of the mainstays in the hobby have been zoanthids and palythoas, which have been the craze for quite a while now. They have been in demand for what seems like an eternity and they do not appear to be getting less popular. Instead, it seems like they’re constantly on the rise. Zoas and palys are highly favored in the hobby by both beginner and expert reefers alike. They don’t require much in terms of care like other specimens and they grow under many types of lighting from T5s to LEDs. Polyps grow at the bottom of the sand bed or on your highest rock. They don’t necessarily need to be target fed like other corals and they also do not require us to dose things like calcium.
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Fauna Marin Zoanthid and Ricordea pellet food

Fauna Marin Zoanthid and Ricordea pellet food In this video we try some new Fauna Marin pellet food designed specifically for feeding Zoanthids and Ricordea. Zoanthids and Ricordea are generally consider... From: tidalgardens Views: 3046 67 ratings Time: 03:56 More in Pets & Animals
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Crazy Zoanthids

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These insane zoanthids just appeared at Detroit Coral Farms.  Name them in the comments section!… More:

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Large Zoanthid Colonies Needed

zo60001 Large Zoanthid Colonies NeededIn recent Reef Threads podcasts Christine and I have discussed the unique beauty of soft-coral aquariums and how they should be viewed with more enthusiasm by hobbyists. As part of our discussions we’ve talked about how uncommon it is to see decent-sized zoanthid colonies. Most zoanthid collectors tend to have a lot of small clusters on frag plugs rather than mature colonies that play a notable role in their overall coralscapes.… More:

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Something is Missing and Something Took Its Place: An Update on Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 235 Gallon Tank

The dog days of summer are over and after a summer of avoiding a chiller for my saltwater tank, it is time to bring you up to speed on my 235 gallon mixed reef tank. Grab some popcorn and see what’s gone on in terms of coral, fish, fish on the fringe and saltwater tank equipment. Tagged as: 235 gallon tank , hydor skimmer , My Reef Creations , sump , triggerfish
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New FREE Ezine Redfish on Zoanthids

image New FREE Ezine Redfish on Zoanthids Redfish is a new, free to download, ezine published out of Australia, and their first issue includes an awesome article about one of our staple corals, zoanthids. Redfish will be primarily freshwater, but they will be including some articles for us reef geeks as well. More about their zoa article after the break.… More:

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asterina closeup ZOANTHID WARS  PART I: THE ASTERINA CONSPIRACYI’m reporting from an ongoing battle that started few days before the Spring swap. My aquarium was in its high peak, every citizen of that little coral nation seemed to be going on with its life and there was no sign of any distress in its structures. But, as I soon would find out, it was just a calm before the storm…

History of War

  A little history before we move to identify the enemy. I’ve been keeping a reef tank since January 2010. I’ve tried to do everything as planned, and after many months I could say most of the plan went well. But that’s not important right now. A few weeks after I set up the tank, new residents started to appear in my little piece of underwater world. I still remember the day I first saw a little clam that crawled from from somewhere in the darkest corners of the live rock. Then a new little invertebrate appeared out of nowhere- a small starfish! I was very excited seeing such a odd-looking living creature (I came from the freshwater side of hobby, where there are no starfish), then fascinated by the way it slides on the glass, and finally I started to get concerned about its place in my aquarium. “Friend or foe?” I asked myself, memorizing horror stories about fish-eating mantis shrimp, assassin crabs, stinging anemones and other non-reef safe animals that can crawl from the live rock in its process of curing. So I started my research… It turned out that approximately 7 out of 10 people (of which at least half were being considered as an experienced and reputable aquarists by their communities) who kept them, never had any problems with them. Two out of ten reefers warned that some of them may eat zoanthids. That remaining one person had, or at the time was having, an issue with them. I calculated the risk and let them stay, partly because they were so small and innocent looking, and partly because they fascinated me. Also, I was proud they stood alive in that immature tank I had. As time passed, that one Asterina starfish I had spotted earlier multiplied. Then I constantly noticed more of them, although never in alarming numbers. They didn’t bother me at all; I found them cute, rather than anything I should be concerned about. They stuck to my rules and played modern citizens, but what I didn’t know is that at night they were secretly conspiring by candlelight (sort of).… More:

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