Utter Chaos Zoa
Utter Chaos Zoas are one of the most stunning varieties of zoanthids to come into the reef-keeping hobby. This cultivar is well known for its black base color with white, orange and red mottled appearance. Neon orange lashes rim each polyp. No reef tank is complete without an Utter Chaos colony! Chaos Aquaculture’s Utter Chaos Zoa frags are sold per polyp.
The beautiful Zoanthid coral comes in an incredible range of colors and patterns. Zoas are very popular with both beginner hobbyists and rare coral 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. Zoanthids are unique due to 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 (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 (splitting off a portion of their base or mouth), which will increase the size of their colony. They contain the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae which provide some of their nutritional requirements. They will also benefit from additional feedings of micro-plankton or brine shrimp given to each individual of the colony. 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.
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 these polyps for this reason especially if you have open cuts on your hands.