Zoanthids

Tank Profile: Marco Pardun’s 104-gallon Room Divider Triton Reef

When I first came across this aquarium, it caught my eyes for a variety of reasons. First and foremost was the variety of color in its inhabitants. Next is the fact that it is a room divider (something I’ve always…

The Trouble with Coral Trade Names

The reefkeeping hobby today is full of colorful trade names for corals, and it appears that, for better or for worse, the trend is here to stay. Tidal Gardens has plenty of corals with goofy names, so we are the…

Coral Morphologic’s ‘Coral Reef City’ art installation wins recognition

Coral Morphologic has done a great job using art to advance the awareness of marine ecology and we were glad to hear they have recently one recognition for its art installation in PortMiami. Teaming with artist Bhakti Baxter 18 parking booths were wrapped…

Zoanthids vs Palythoa Identification

Over the years, we’ve seen hundreds of different Palys and Zoas. In that same time, there were varieties we confidently called Palythoa and others Zoanthids. For example, I can easily point to a Palythoa grandis and say for sure that…

$2,425 two-polyp Palythoa frag sale reminds us that zoanthid collectors mean business

As many of us have witnessed, there are lots of coral ‘fads’ that have come and gone over the years. From the early-on craze over the  Australian Acan Lords to the tiniest little frag of a Rainbow Echinophylia, there are…

Zoanthids: Tough as Nails but Powerfully Potent

They belong to genera with names like Zoanthus, Parazoanthus, and Palythoa. They’re sometimes called sea mats, button polyps, or colonial anemones. Reef hobbyists commonly refer to them as “zoas.” Whatever name you apply to them, the zoanthids (family Zoanthidae) enjoy…

Reef Corner lands what might be the best looking Palythoa grandis we’ve ever seen

When most reefers think of Palythoa grandis, the images of bland, brownish polyps growing on the bottom of the tank that are not the prettiest things to look at come to mind. Of course there is a small minority, the…

Steamed Palythoas send well-informed aquarist to the emergency room, nearly to the grave

Palythoa toxin from Palythoa and Zoanthus polyps is widely known to be one of the most poisonous substances in the natural world, gram for gram. Armed with this knowledge a well-informed aquarist suited up for Palythoa removal duty from one of his aquarium rocks…

Cherry Charm Paly is a large looker from Cherry Corals

The Cherry Charm Paly is a gorgeous and jumbo size palythoa with amazing coloration. Cherrie Corals started teasing this polyp strain yesterday and now their website has gone live with some WYSIWYG frags with two polyps of Cherry Charm Palys…

Blue Panama Zoanthids show up at LiveAquaria aplenty

Panama Zoanthids are the latest soon-to-be craze in the polyp collecting world. Australian and West Aussie Zoanthids are fine and all but since they are collected by westerners and shipped halfway across the world, even the mediocre colonies of Aussie…