overviewThe dark side of the "Force" is strong with this amazing Zoanthid color morph. The Darth Maul Colony Polyp boasts an arresting coloration of deep orange in rich ingredients that evokes images of the fierce Sith Lord from the popular Star Wars movies. A must-have addition for any avid Zoa collector or budding reef aquarium hobbyist, the Darth Maul Colony Polyp injects vivid coloration and sparks a bit of jealousy to lead fellow hobbyists down the path towards the dark side.
The Darth Maul Colony Polyp is a spectacular color variety of Zoanthus Colony Polyp Corals (also known as Sea Mats, or Button Polyps). While most Zoanthus Colony Polyp Corals are commonly green in coloration, there are prized varieties demonstrating uncommon beauty with bright, showy coloration. As colonial animals, the Darth Maul Colony Polyp is made up of multiple individual polyps attached to a piece of live rock.
The Darth Maul Colony Polyp has the ability to sting other polyps or corals. While the sting is not strong, be sure to provide sufficient space between the Darth Maul Colony Polyp and other corals because of its semi-aggressive temperament and potential to crowd out neighbors.
Similar to other Zoanthus Colony Polyp Corals, the Darth Maul Colony Polyp is easy to maintain, making it a good choice for beginner reef aquarists. The Darth Maul Colony Polyp requires moderate to high light levels combined with medium water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, the Darth Maul Colony Polyp will also require the addition of iodine and other trace elements.
Under ideal conditions, the Darth Maul Colony Polyp will multiple without difficulty in home reef aquariums by budding (splitting off a portion of their base or mouth) to increase the size of the colony. The Darth Maul Colony Polyp contains the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae which satisfies almost all of its nutritional requirements. If the lighting is not optimal, the Darth Maul Colony Polyp should be fed micro-plankton or baby brine shrimp.
It is common to receive a rock that is not completely covered in polyps. However, under the right conditions, they will quickly spread across this and surrounding rocks in the aquarium.
Approximate Purchase Size: Tiny 1" to 2"; Medium 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"