Zoanthids are probably one of the most desired and most beautiful reef aquarium corals. They are quite hardy, multihued, and grows fast. This species are colorful ranging from bright red to light green and every single color in between. But, when you are out looking for zoanthids to purchase be it online or at the fish store, you should always go for aquacultured stock for a variety of reasons. There are a number of reasons why it’s important that you purchase aquacultured zoanthids, these reasons sometimes get overlooked by the newcomers and seasoned reef keepers alike.
Why are aquacultured corals better:
Resilience: Aquacultured zoanthids are a lot more tough as opposed to zoanthids that are collected from the wild. Wild collected zoanthids have the possibility of carrying parasites and or diseases that might spread in your zoanthid garden and ruin your aquarium overall.
Grows Faster: Aquacultured zoanthids grow faster that those polyps that were collected in the wild. This is because aquacultured zoanthids are already accustomed to the lighting conditions and the overall life in the aquarium.
Better for Natural Reef Setups: It’s much greener to purchase aquacultured zoanthids because they are not harvested from the reefs, this helps keeping the wild reefs in the oceans safe and intact.
Better Disease Resistance: One biggest problem that many hobbyists encounter is that their zoanthids just melt away in just a day. The reason why this happens still remains a big mystery and is still being discussed by reef keeping enthusiasts, but it is noticed that this occurs mostly on zoanthid gardens that contain a majority of wild collected specimens.
High Demand: Zoanthids are great as they have a high resell value due to them being highly sought after which makes it also a great way for reef keepers to earn a profit. As your zoanthid eventually grows and sprawls, it’s possible for you to chip away any of the extra zoanthid growth to sell to your co-hobbyists or to your local fish stores. To some, this is their main way of supporting their hobby.
Zoanthids are adored by almost all aquarists. Their biggest traits of the zoanthids are that they are colorful, fast growing, and generally hardy corals. And because these corals are highly resilient, they make a perfect starter coral for beginner reef keepers; even veteran reef keepers can be tempted by a beautiful zoanthid with a rare color pattern.
It is your choice of buying corals for sale from coral farmers, fellow hobbyists, and from local fish stores will ensure that the hobby will continue to have their fair supply of corals. Zoanthids are beautiful and highly resilient. They can add a beautiful spash of color to any reefscape and requires little maintenance.
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