Deep Water Green zoanthids are from deeper water that is most likely a color morph of Zoanthus pulchellus.
This is an interesting green color morph of Zoanthus pulchellus that is found in deeper water.
The oral disk of the polyps are a smooth, creamy green in the middle and an olive green around the outside, the mouth is white or yellow, and the tentacles are speckled green. We take these pictures in sunlight with a standard flash, so they arent jazzed up by some sort of funky lighting. This is what they actually look like in the wild, so thats about what they will look like when they leave our warehouse.
We fresh water dip all of our zoos when they are brought into the warehouse, and regularly clean, prune, and groom them, but there is always a possibility that they might contain some unwanted hitch hikers, so additional treatment is recommended. Go to Reefcentral.com for more information on treating and dipping zoanthids.
Zoanthids are partially photosynthetic and partially detritus feeders. Since this morph is from deeper water, in the wild it relies mainly on a daily shower of sediment and detritus, so youll need to regularly dust them with some sort of fine particle food to keep it in optimal health. They also ship real well by priority mail, so this is a great way to try some
Single: 1 polyp, and maybe a few more than that. The polyps are about a half inch or less in diameter.
Nano: This cluster will contain at least 5 polyps, and maybe a few more than that. The polyps are about a half inch or less in diameter.
Small: This cluster will contain at least 15 polyps, and maybe a few more than that. The polyps are about a half inch or less in diameter.
Large: This cluster will contain at least 30 polyps, and maybe a few more than that. The polyps are about a half inch or less in diameter.
Care should be taken when handling any zoanthid, ricordea, mushroom coral, or sea anemone because they use stinging cells called nematocysts to sting and capture their food, and these cells can cause skin irritation and eye damage if it gets on you or in your eyes. The mucus of some of these animals also contains strong toxins that can cause severe skin irritations and permanent eye damage if handled improperly. Use latex type gloves and protective glasses when handling or fragging these species.
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