Fire and Ice Zoanthid Frag
The Fire and Ice Zoanthids are a reef tank staple! This morph has a gorgeous blend of blue and violet base colors with vibrant, fiery red lashes. Zoas are very popular with both beginner hobbyists and rare coral collectors. Chaos Aquaculture’s Fire and Ice Zoanthids are sold with 4-6 polyps per frag.
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. Zoanthids are unique in how they incorporate sand and other small pieces of material into their tissue to help create their structure. In the wild, Zoanthids often occupy fringe environments, making them 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 reproduce easily in the reef aquarium by budding (splitting off a portion of their base or mouth), which increases the size of their colony. Zoas have symbiotic algae which provides some of their nutritional requirements. Also, they will benefit from 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. Zoas are harvested mainly from the islands of the Indopacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Zoas and Palys have an incredible array of colors and patterns, making them one of the most popular corals in reef keeping!
Some Zoanthids and Palythoa contain a powerful neurotoxin called palytoxin in its flesh that can be extremely harmful if it comes in contact with your blood stream. By harmful we mean deadly. Take special care handling zoas and palys for this reason especially if you have open cuts on your hands.