Chaos Master Chief Palythoas
Chaos Master Chief Palythoas (or “Palys”) are one of the most visually interesting soft corals around. Hues of yellow and green radiate from the mouth of each polyp out toward the aqua accented lashes. These paly’s can be added to the bases of rockwork to create a stunning groundcover effect. Chaos Aquaculture’s Master Chief Paly frags are sold with 4-6 polyps per frag.
Zoas and Palythoa are very popular with both beginner hobbyists and rare collectors tracking down the uncommon color morphs. In terms of care, both Zoanthids and Palythoa are fairly easy to keep. They tolerate a wide range of lighting intensities and water conditions. Once settled in, zoas multiply quickly. In the wild, Zoanthids often occupy fringe environments (intertidal, back reef, other shallow areas, over dead corals), making them quite a hardy choice for the reef aquarist.
For continued good health, they will also require the addition of iodine and other trace elements to the water. Zoas will reproduce easily in the reef aquarium by budding, which will increase the size of their colony. They contain the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae which provides some of their nutritional requirements. They also benefit from additional feedings of micro-plankton or brine shrimp given to each individual of the colony.
Waterflow & Lighting
Zoanthids require moderate water flow and low to moderate lighting (PAR 100-250) to maintain their color. T5’s, Metal Halides, or LED’s can all grow Zoanthids and Palythoa when the proper PAR levels are provided.
Zoanthids and Palythoa are found in corals reefs around the world. These polyps are harvested mainly from the islands of the Indopacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Zoanthids and Palythoa have an incredible array of colors and patterns that make them one of the most popular corals in the reef aquarium hobby.
Some Zoanthids and Palythoa contain a powerful neurotoxin called palytoxin in its flesh that can be extremely harmful if ingested or introduced into the blood supply. By harmful we mean deadly. Take special care handling these polyps for this reason especially if you have open cuts on your hands.