overviewIt's easy to see how "WOWIE" perfectly describes this exotic beauty. The maricultured Maui Wowie Button Polyp exudes a breathtaking beauty that immediately transports the mind to a distant tropical destination. Jewel-toned gradations of blue coloration elegantly glaze each plate while contrasting burnt umber tentacles add a sophisticated finish. This elegant color combination immediately evokes memories of island getaways where blue skies and water blend harmoniously with the earth.
The Maui Wowie Button Polyp is a prized variety of Palythoa Colony Polyp Corals demonstrating uncommon beauty with bright, showy coloration. As colonial animals, the Maui Wowie Button Polyp is made up of multiple individual polyps attached to a piece of live rock or coral rubble, often growing in a hemispherical shape.
The Maui Wowie Button Polyp has the ability to sting other polyps or corals. While the sting is not strong, be sure to provide sufficient space between the Maui Wowie Button Polyp and other corals because of its semi-aggressive temperament and potential to crowd out neighbors.
Similar to other Palythoa Colony Polyp Corals, the Maui Wowie Button Polyp is easy to maintain, making it a good choice for beginner reef aquarists. The Maui Wowie Button Polyp requires moderate to high light levels combined with medium water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, the Maui Wowie Button Polyp will also require the addition of iodine and other trace elements.
Under ideal conditions, the Maui Wowie Button 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 Maui Wowie Button Polyp contains the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae which satisfies almost all of its nutritional requirements. If the lighting is not optimal, the Maui Wowie Button 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: 2" to 3"
Caution: All species of Palythoa produce a chemical called Palytoxin, which is a very potent neurotoxin. It is found in the heavy mucus coat of these species. These species must be handled very cautiously. It is very important to wear hand protection when touching these animals - especially if the handler has any breaks in his or her skin. After handling these animals, proper hand washing is recommended.