Vamps In Drag Zoanthids
One of the oddest names out there, Vamps In Drag Zoanthids are sure to stand out in any collector’s zoa garden. These oddly named Zoanthids have a purple center, rimmed in pink/red, and then a very strange prismatic ring leading to a light blue band., these zoas are ridiculous in terms of good looking! This frag is WYSIWYG with 3 polyps.
In terms of care, both Zoanthids and Palythoa are fairly easy to keep, tolerating 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, making them quite a hardy choice for the reef aquarist.
Zoas and Palys contain the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae which provide some of their nutritional requirements. However, additions of iodine and other trace elements to the water will ensure good health for these softies. Polyps will reproduce easily in the reef aquarium by budding, which will increase the size of their colony. They will also benefit from additional feedings of micro-plankton or brine shrimp given to each individual of the colony.
Waterflow & Lighting
Zoas 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.
Zoas 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 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.