Zoanthus-sp. “Sunflower” Sunflower Zoa

Local fish dealers and online coral shops sell these beautiful Zoanthids. Most Zoanthus species look the same, so they ca n’t be identified by their physical appearance. Coral traders and marine aquarists assign telling names to the large variety of Zoanthus species in order to identify a particular specimen. The stocking lists of importers and coral shops often include these fancy variety names, as well as the majority of saltwater enthusiasts are more familiar with them. We decided to list the different varieties of Zoanthid under their common fancy names. Zoanthid corals are easy to care for and are often recommended as beginner corals. They get most of their daily nutrition from their symbiotic Zooxanthellae, but they also absorb dissolved organic matter from the water column. They also eat captured plankton. Zoanthid polyps do not need to be fed directly, but will benefit from occasional feedings with finely chopped frozen foods, zooplankton or dust food, which will help them thrive. They are more tolerant to less optimal water parameters and lightning conditions. Strong currents directly directed towards the colonies may cause the polyps to stay closed, as Zoanthus species are able to cope with moderate as well as with high and turbulent flows. Zoanthus species will grow fast under proper water and lightning conditions. The genera Palythoa and Protopalythoa are highly toxic for humans. Palytoxin is one of the most toxic organic substances in the world. When Palythoa species are forcibly removed, it can become a real danger for the reefkeeper. There is no known case of a serious intoxication caused by a Zoanthus species, which is why the species is generally considered to be harmless. Since it is difficult for the average hobbyist to distinguish Zoanthus, Palythoa and Protopalythoa species, you should always handle Zoanthid species with care. When touching or removing them from your tank, you should wear protective gloves and goggles, wash your hands thoroughly, and avoid eye contact. Anthozoa is a subclass of Zoantharia and is part of the Zoanthidae family.

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