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How to care for Zoanthids and Palythoas in Reef Tank

Find out how to properly care for your new Zoanthids and Palythoas corals with this "how-to" guide on the requirements for healthy Zoanthids and Palythoas

Read along to find out the Lighting, Water Flow, Feeding, Placement & more when it comes to the care of your new Zoanthids and Palythoas Corals

by scott Shiles • February 24, 2023

Zoanthids Coral Care, All Corals

Zoanthids and Palythoas are two popular types of soft coral that can add vibrant color and texture to a reef tank. They are relatively easy to care for and are a great choice for beginners looking to add some diversity to their aquarium. In this blog, we will discuss the best practices for caring for Zoanthids and Palythoas in a reef tank.


Zoanthids and Palythoas require moderate to high lighting. They need around 6 to 8 hours of light per day. Make sure you provide them with the right spectrum of light as well, as they require a mix of blue and white light. LED lights are the most popular choice for reef tank lighting as they are energy-efficient and can be easily programmed to provide the necessary lighting.

Water Parameters

Maintaining the proper water parameters is crucial for the health of your Zoanthids and Palythoas. The ideal temperature for these corals is between 75 to 82°F. The pH should be between 8.1 to 8.4, and the specific gravity should be around 1.023 to 1.025. Regular testing of the water parameters is necessary to ensure that they remain within the ideal range

Water Flow

Zoanthids and Palythoas require moderate to high water flow in your reef tank. This helps to simulate their natural environment and prevents debris from settling on the coral, which can cause harm. A powerhead or wave maker can help create the necessary water flow in the tank.


Zoanthids and Palythoas are photosynthetic corals and do not require regular feeding. However, they can benefit from the occasional feeding of phytoplankton or zooplankton. This can help to boost their growth and keep them healthy.


Zoanthids and Palythoas can be placed in various locations within your reef tank. However, it is important to ensure that they are not placed too close to other corals or in an area of the tank with high flow, which can cause them to close up. Additionally, they should not be placed in direct contact with the sand bed, as this can cause irritation and damage to their soft tissue.


Regular maintenance is essential for the health of your Zoanthids and Palythoas. You should regularly check your corals for signs of damage, discoloration, or disease. Any damaged or dead coral should be removed from the tank immediately to prevent the spread of disease. Additionally, you should perform regular water changes to maintain water quality and remove any debris from the tank.

Zoanthids and Palythoas are relatively easy to care for and can add a lot of beauty to your reef tank. By following the above tips, you can ensure that your corals remain healthy and vibrant. As with any new addition to your tank, it is important to research and learn about the specific needs of your corals to ensure that you provide them with the best care possible.

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