Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: West Indian Ocean
Natural Environment: Inhabits rocky and muddy bottom areas in coastal bays.
General Husbandry: Occasionally shows up in the trade.
Usually an assortment of somewhat long tentacle polyps, usually brown (almost anemone-like) along a worm tube or 'stick' of some kind. If a parchment tube, it is often the home of the worm Eunice tubifex, which leaves the tube during nighttime hours to feed, yet lives in the tube during daytime hours.
These polyps are zooplankton feeders and require similar meaty type foods fed several times weekly.
Difficult to maintain and if not happy with its environment, polyps will detach and float around the aquarium and will sting what it comes in contact with.
FYI: For far more general information about these corals, see my article titled 'Zoanthids - A Wide Range to Choose From' in the 'Article" section of this website.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Diet: Photosynthetic/Zooplankton feeder
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Coral Safe:With caution
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately difficult
Calcium (Ca): 380 - 430 mg/l
Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3.0 meq/l
Phosphate (PO4): <0.05 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg): approx. 1350 mg/l (relate to specific gravity)
Strontium (Sr) 8 - 10 mg/l
Temperature Range: 72 - 82°F (22 - 27°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Lighting: PAR 450+
Water Movement: WM 2
Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.