overviewThe Pinwheel Colony Polyp blurs the distinction between the plant and animal kingdom with its exquisite beauty. The soothing blue coloration surrounded by the green skirt will accentuate any aquarium. Upon closer inspection, a visually stimulating pattern is evident where an alternating color palette creates a rhythmic pinwheel design. Over time, an established colony of Pinwheel Colony Polyp will form an impressive living carpet of color reminiscent of a field of underwater wildflowers.
The Pinwheel Colony Polyp is a gorgeous 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 Pinwheel Colony Polyp is made up of multiple individual polyps attached to a piece of live rock.
The Pinwheel 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 Pinwheel 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 Pinwheel Colony Polyp is easy to maintain, making it a good choice for beginner reef aquarists. The Pinwheel Colony Polyp requires moderate to high light levels combined with medium water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, the Pinwheel Colony Polyp will also require the addition of iodine and other trace elements.
Under ideal conditions, the Pinwheel 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 Pinwheel Colony Polyp contains the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae which satisfies almost all of its nutritional requirements. If the lighting is not optimal, the Pinwheel 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: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4" to 5"