Rare Zoanthids

13 July

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Dragon Eyes

dragon eye zoas

Dragon Eyes is one of the most distinctive orange zoas in the hobby.  A great colony is kept under MH and actinics and the orange body will really pop under the right conditions.  I’d imagine dragon eyes were named for their intensity and what seems like an intense stare from the mythical beast.  There’s just something about the orange body and the black and white rings around the body makes this zoa really fiercesome.  I’m guessing the green skirts also help blend the zoa to the dragon scales.

If you’d like to get this zoa, you are in luck.  These zoanthids grow very easily and are widely traded in the hobby as of the writing.  If you’re looking for some, please feel free to leave a comment below.

29 June

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Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is another one of the COOL rainbow zoas that can be found in the hobby today. This zoa has an amazing mix of colors and when you look at it, it either feels like you’re looking into a kaleidoscope or traveling at the speed of light to some point in the horizon.

kaleidoscope zoas
However, if you notice the image below, a lot of the zoas look “normal” when view from afar. Most zoanthids do look amazing when seen up close or when taken with a macro lens. So it’s very possible your plain jane zoas will also look just as good when you take a pic of it with a macro lens.

kaleidoscope zoas
Like the Candy Apple Reds, these zoas also have a green center with a colorful edge and skirt. However, unlike the Candy Reds, the green portion of the zoa is smaller and a bit more erratic than the other zoas.

29 June

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Candy Apple Red

If you like rainbow color zoas, then Candy Apple Reds is the zoanthid you need to add to your wishlist!

candy apple red
Even though the zoa is called Candy Apple Reds, the zoa’s primary plate color is green. Other characteristics include a white colored mouth, a colorful edge and a colorful, striped skirt.

candy apple reds
This zoa closely resembles the Kaleidoscope morph and can sometimes be mistaken for them. Of course, both zoa would be great to add to your collection if you’re a collector that loves color.

candy apple
So do you have the Candy Apple zoas in your collection? If you’re willing to trade or frag your colony, please leave some comments below.

27 June

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Tub’s Blues

BLUE ZOAS! Everyone loves blue zoas. Blue is a color that’s not often seen in animals or plants unless you’re looking at certain parrots, birds or blue zoas. Because of such, blue zoas are often in high demand as soon as one learns of their existence.

tubs blues zoos
Fortunately, blue zoas are not considered rare in the hobby even though they are great collectors’ items. If you’re looking for these beauties, my advice would be to try trading for them with local reefers. If all else fails, there are a number of online stores and private collectors that carry these zoas in stock.

tubs blue zoanthids
If you’re lucky enough to get these zoas, my experience with them is that they like lower lighting conditions. Tub’s Blues‘ polyps are pretty small compared to other zoas and do not require spot feeding.

tubs blues zoas
If you own these blue zoas and would like to trade or sell frags of them, please post in the comments below.

27 June

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Classy Pinks

Pink zoas can really add great color to any new reef tank; especially during the period of time when you are waiting for your live rocks to encrust with coralline. Below were some pink zoas I was lucky enough to get when I first started in the hobby. For a newbie who had just dived into the hobby, the pinks provided a GREAT contrast in a sea of green and brown zoas.

classy pink zoanthids
I don’t think this particular morph were ever officially named, but regardless of their anonymity, these classy pink zoas looked great in my tank. New polyps always started in the yellow spectrum and eventually they would color up into the pinks.

If you’re just starting out and are looking to trade some zoas for some pink ones, leave some comments below and let other reefers know. The pink zoas are pretty easy to take care of and under optimal conditions can spread pretty quickly. The pink zoas I had grew pretty fast in the shadier parts of my 90g which were under 14k Metal Halides with actinic supports. Your mileage may very.

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