All Marine is a progressive reef aquarium operation in France with a special connection to some coral collection sites in Indonesia. Since several of their staff are crazy for zoanthids, on their last collecting trip they made a special effort to go look for some awesome zoanthids and they dutifully documented their search. It’s one thing to grow zoanthids in captivity but having an aquarist’s-eye view of how these polyps grow in nature is enlightening to say the least.
Just as you’d expect, in nature zoanthids grow over anything and everything, following the contours of whatever substrate they encounter. Although we recognize a few of the strains that All Marine documented in Indonesia, there’s a few varieties that we wouldn’t mind seeing in propagation stateside. If you live in France you can mail order you some of these sweet zoanthids from All Aquarium but in the meantime, enjoy this unique video of zoanthids in their natural environment.