Rare Zoanthids

23 May

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Blue Shuriken

Blue Shuriken is one of the most vivid blue zoas in the hobby.  With its long skirts and varying shades of blue and purple from the mouth out to the skirt, you can guess why this is named after a throwing star and why it’s one of the favorites in the blue zoa family.

blue shuriken

When new zoas are formed, the mouth glows.  As the zoa matures, it becomes slightly white/light blueish.


If you’re into collecting blue zoas, make sure you add these to your collection.  Like most blue zoas, you will want to keep these off of direct lighting to keep the majestic dark blue color.

23 May

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Bleeding Hearts

bleeding hearts zoa

The bleeding hearts zoas are undoubtedly one of the nicest pink zoas in the hobby. In addition to the vivid pink body, the zoas have a bi-colored red skirt. These zoas really pop under actinics and should be placed in medium flow area.

bleeding hearts zoanthids

22 December

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Purple Hornet

The Purple Hornet seems to be one of the newer zoas that recently came into the market as of this writing.  I remember seeing this zoa in a picture once about a year ago but no one seemed to be trading it at the time.  It’s nice to see that it’s finally coming into the market – even at its crazy price.

purple hornet zoas

purple hornet zoas

As you can see, this zoa sports a purple body with a distinctive yellow ring around the mouth and what appears to be a alternating purple and yellow skirt – definitely a gem in the industry.

So do you have these for trade or sale?  If so, please post in the comments section below.

purple hornet (actinics)

purple hornet (actinics)

As you can see, these zoas look pretty amazing in actinics as well.  Thanks Jarrod for sending the pictures.

3 September

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Armageddon is one of the most striking red zoanthids in the hobby and a quick peek at its plate shows you why.  Not only does this morph glow in actinic lighting, the pattern resembles part nuclear explosion, part event horizon, part gates of hell.

Due to the popularity of this coral, you can trade for a number of other exotic corals by having it in your collection.  This zoa is also easy to propagate when placed in medium flow and high lighting conditions.

24 July

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If you want to talk about N-I-C-E orange zoas, you have to check out the Creamsicles.  I’m not sure where the origin of the name came from but whoever named them must have thought these resembled the old school popsicles or something.  In a way, I guess they do.


The center of the Creamsicles do not pop as much as say… Eagle Eyes or Dragon Eyes, but they are definitely colorful in terms of orange zoas.

creamsicle zoas

If you’re looking to acquire these beauties, you can probably find a good number of them in your local community – just check out your local reef club or online coral forums.

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