Saltwater Aquarium Corals for Marine Reef Aquariums: Colony Polyp, Mean Green, Zoanthus sp.
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Colony Polyp, Mean Green
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Colony Polyp, Mean Green (Zoanthus sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Green, Purple
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.0-8.4
Origin Indonesia
Family Zoanthidae
Lighting Moderate
Supplements Iodine, Trace Elements
Waterflow Medium
Placement Middle to Top
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Overview

The Mean Green Colony Polyp adds a graphic punch of color that won't go unnoticed. The dark blue and purple coloration contrasts sharply against the vibrant-green coloration for a bold, out-of-this-world combo. The repeating, colonial nature of the Mean Green Colony Polyp accentuates this dramatic feature. The Mean Green Colony Polyp is a definite "must-have" for any Zoanthid collector or budding reef aquarium hobbyist who wants a truly extraordinary, Zoa specimen.

The Mean Green Colony Polyp sports a blueberry-colored plate energized by a lime green ring. Dark, back-grape tentacles add a mysterious finishing touch. Over time, an established colony of Mean Green Colony Polyp will create a living tapestry for an evocative reef aquarium display.

The Mean Green Colony Polyp is a spectacular color variety of Zoanthus Colony Polyp Corals (also known as Sea Mats, or Button Polyps). As colonial animals, the Mean Green Colony Polyp is made up of multiple individual polyps attached to a piece of live rock.

The Mean Green 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 Mean Green 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 Mean Green Colony Polyp is easy to maintain, making it a good choice for beginner reef aquarists. The Mean Green Colony Polyp requires moderate light levels combined with medium water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, the Mean Green Colony Polyp will also require the addition of iodine and other trace elements.

Under ideal conditions, the Mean Green Colony Polyp will multiply 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 Mean Green Colony Polyp contains the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae which satisfies almost all of its nutritional requirements. If the lighting is not optimal, the Mean Green 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"

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