Keds Reds are a hard to find Zoanthid polyp that has a bright red outer ring and a deep indigo blue center. Keds Reds Zoanthid Polyps are easy to keep and are a great choice for the beginner. A classic zoanthid that has been in high demand for years. Zoanthids (order Zoantharia also called Zoanthidea or Zoanthiniaria) are an order of cnidarians commonly found in coral reefs, the deep sea and many other marine environments around the world.
The term "zoanthid" refers to all animals within this order Zoantharia, and should not be confused with "Zoanthus", which is one genus within Zoantharia. Like all of our polyps they are aquacultured specimens, many generations removed from the original wild starter colonies. Very hardy, a moderate growth rate. With their tolerance for a wide range in both water flow and lighting it's great for the reef tank beginner. Zoanthid polyps are among the most commonly collected coral in reef aquaria, easily propagated and being very durable in many water conditions. 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 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.
Polyps may be placed anywhere which provides the required water flow and lighting level.
Diet and Feeding
Zoanthids do not need to be fed directly, since they obtain much of their nutritional requirements from their symbiotic zooxanthellae. They must therefore be provided with adequate illumination to thrive. They also ingest dissolved organic substances from the water, as well as fine particulate matter. If you wish to directly feed your zoanthid polyps, we recommend Zooplankton and cyclopleeze. 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.