Punk Rocker Zoanthids have one of the longest skirts on a zoanthid. The Punk Rocker Zoa is an unusual coral, with skirt tips a muted orange/red, moving inward and turning from indigo to a bright turquoise eye. The contrast of light and dark is quite amazing! The Punk Rocker zoa is hardy, does well in medium to low light, and is a fast grower when water parameters are stable. The blue eye shows up when they have a good amount of light, fading to a darker blue when lighting is low. Like all of our polyps they are aquacultured specimens, many generations removed from the original wild starter colonies.
Keeping your parameters at the standard level will help these corals stay happy. Set your salinity between 1.024 and 1.026. Your pH should range around 8.3 and your temperature should stay between 77 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
They are a not an aggressive coral.
They do well in fast to slow water flow.
Punk Rocker's do well in medium to low lighting.
Palythoa's may be placed anywhere which provides the required water flow and lighting level.
Diet and Feeding
It is recommended to feed zoas directly. Zooplankton and cyclopleeze we highly recommended. Each zoanthid is different, so testing different kinds of food is highly recommended. The thing that makes these animals so easy to care for is their high tolerance for dirty water. While it is important to make sure that any tank is always clean, zoas will not be immediately harmed by dirty water. Something important to keep in mind when introducing zoas into a tank is that they multiply rapidly. In fact, zoanthids have been known to suffocate tank mates due to their sheer numbers.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the zoanthids is also one of the most deadly. Palythoas secrete a poison through their mucus known as palytoxin. Palytoxin is extremely dangerous, and it affects humans in a very adverse way. What this toxin does is mess with the cells of the heart, destroying their ion regulatory systems. The toxin enters the system via open wounds, ingestion, and injection. If there is no open wound, the skin becomes very irritated. Because of the lack of treatment, what is highly recommended with these creatures is to wear protective gear, such as gloves and goggles, and to use tongs which will help distance the creature from any contact with the skin.