Tubbs Blue Zoanthid Polyps has set the standard for a true blue zoanthid and if you like blue, this is the one for you! Tubbs Blue Zoanthids are easy to keep and are a great choice for the beginner. A classic zoanthid that has been in high demand for years. Like all of our polyps they are aquacultured specimens, many generations removed from the original wild starter colonies. Very hardy, excellent growth rate. With their tolerance for a wide range in both water flow and lighting it's great for the reef tank beginner.The genus Zoanthus are the most colorful of the zoanthids, being shades of green and brown typically, but the popular ones can be fluorescent red, orange, pink, lavender, blue, yellow, gray, and often two-toned. They form colonies of very crowded densely populated polyps that are attached to a common tissue at the base.
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 60-150) 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.
Aquarium Parameters and Placement
Keeping your reef aquarium water parameters at the correct levels will help these corals stay happy. Set your salinity between 1.024 and 1.026. Your pH should range 8.0 to 8.3 and your temperature should stay between 77 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. 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.