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Description
Eagle Eye Polyps
(Zoanthus sp.)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Waterflow: Medium
Placement: Any
Lighting: Moderate to High
Color Form: Green, Orange, Blue
Supplements: Calcium, Trace Elements
Water Conditions: 72-78° F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Origin: Indonesia
Family: Zoanthidae
Species: Polyp Corals
Species Information
Eagle Eye Polyps are a species of Zoanthus that originate from the tropical waters around Indonesia. While their ease of care makes them suitable for beginning reef aquarium hobbyists, they are also sought after by more experience reef aquarium hobbyists due to their brilliant coloration and pattern. The alternating pattern of blue, orange and green, make an established colony of Eagle Eye Polyps a truly beautiful sight to see.
They live in colonies with multiple individuals living side by side on a rock and if provided with the right conditions, will spread out over adjacent rocks. Eagle Eye Colony Polyps should be given space between themselves and their neighbors so that they have room to expand without coming into contact with other corals. They are capable of stinging other polyps and corals, thus are considered to be Semi-Aggressive.
Over time the Eagle Eye Polyp colony will spread to adjacent rocks and form a colorful living carpet atop the rocks, reminiscent of a field of flowing flowers.
Aquarium Care
Eagle Eye Polyps are similar to other Colony Polyps in that they are relatively easy to care for and can be successfully housed in a variety of reef aquarium setups. They require medium to strong lighting and moderate water flow in order to provide their symbiotic algae zooxanthellae to thrive and produce food for the coral. Eagle Eye Polyps will also benefit from the addition of reef additives like: calcium, strontium, iodine and trace elements along with occasional feedings of micro-plankton foodstuffs.
While Eagle Eye Colony Polyps will continue to spread or "colonize" nearby rocks, they can be separated from other coral species by providing gaps between the rock aqua-scaping, in order to create a boundary to limit the carpeting or horizontal growth of the Polyps. Proper placement is important when keeping Polyps with other corals, as Polyps will "crowd out" other corals by stinging them repeatedly as they grown in and around them.
Feeding & Nutrition
Eagle Eye Colony Polyps receive the vast majority of their nutrition through the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae contained within the coral. They receive other nutrients from dissolved minerals that they filter from the water currents. They will benefit from the addition of reef supplements containing calcium, strontium and trace elements. They can also be periodically offered meaty foods like micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp and other similar fare.
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