Red Hornet Zoanthid's While “designer” names do not catch our attention, color sure does. Bright and colorful with alternating skirts. The family of “hornet” zoanthids is a particularly interesting one that has seen a huge surge in popularity over the last few years. Despite their name, the red hornet zoas are predominantly a deep purple color with an almost blue oral disk. They possess a white mouth, along with an alternating red/orange skirt. They derive their moniker from the bright red halo, which distinguishes them as a hornet. Like all of our polyps they are aquacultured specimens, many generations removed from the original wild starter colonies.
There are other variants to the red hornet, which include the popular purple hornet, blue hornet, African blue steel, and the black hole sun. All of these zoas have the halo and alternating skirt colors that distinguish them as “true” hornets. Easy to feed, and easy to propagate. 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 not an aggressive coral. They won't sting other corals.
They do well in fast to slow water flow.
These zoanthids require 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. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
Polyps 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. Keep enough room between the different corals so they do not compete for space.
Some Zoanthid's secrete a poison through their mucus known as palytoxin. Palytoxin is extremely dangerous, and it affects humans in a very adverse way. The toxin enters the system via open wounds, ingestion, and injection. What is highly recommended with these Zoanthids and Palythoa when handling, is to wear protective gear, such as gloves and goggles, and to use tongs or tweezers to avoid any contact with skin.