Rare Zoanthids

13 July

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Green Death


In early 2007, a new kind of polyp corals started showing up in the hobby which can be collectively labeled as the death corals. These polyp corals have the same features as zoanthids and palythoas but they were a bit larger (nickel sized instead of pencil eraser sized) and they appeared less rigid.

I imagine the reason these corals were called deaths is because of their shape and size and how similar to a venus flytrap, these corals look like they’re out to grab something from the water.

green death
The Green Death is the first of a few corals that were introduced into the hobby with this type of shape. The Green Death is great in its striking green color and its ability to make the color pop under the right conditions.

green death polyp
If you get one of these corals in your collection, it is recommended that you do not freshwater dip these due to their fragile nature. Make sure you do acclimate them properly and that the salinity of your tank is closely matched with the incoming water. (Or you could drip acclimate)

Once fully acclimated, this is definitely one of the distinctive green zoas that will be in your tank.

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