Grandis Palythoa

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Light Requirement: We keep all our zoas under low par 75-150

Flow Requirement: Low-Med with cross patterns, wave pumps are always pointed away so zoas do not receive direct flow from pump. However these corals are very strong and can handle all flow patterns once adapted  

Palythoa (Palythoa sp.) are a type of soft coral that are similar to Zoanthids. “Paly’s” like zoas come in a variety of different colors and patterns and their polyps can range in diameter from dime to quarter size. They are found in coral reefs around the world though most of them are native to the Pacific Ocean. Their care is minimal but they prefer placement in areas with medium to high water flow, and are tolerant of a variety of light levels from high to low. As with many corals they have a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthallae, which provide them with a food source. Other things they consume are phytoplankton, and zooplankton as well as commercially available coral foods. Palythoas are a type of carpet coral and will form a mat along rockwork or glass, with many polyps offshooting from the original. When adding them to a new tank make sure to dip and acclimate them using caution as they produce a palytoxin that can be deadly to humans. After they are added it may take several hours for the polyps to fully open.