Common Name: Button Polyps
Scientific Name: Protopalythoa sp.
These polyps are very common hitchhiker corals in a reef aquarium. They come in a variety of colors, but are commonly brown or green. They have many names in the aquarium hobby and can be refered to as Moon Polyps, Encrusting Anemones, Sea Mats, with the most common one being Button Polyps. They are very easy to maintain in an established reef aquarium with only moderate water flow and lighting being required. These polyps have the ability to sting and may harm other corals. They grow rapidly and will crowd out their neighbors, they need to have room to grow without coming into contact with other specimens. Button Polyp Corals receive most of their nutrition through the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within their bodies, which provides the majority of their nutritional requirements through photosynthesis. Button Polyp Corals will also benefit from weekly feedings of micro-plankton or brine shrimp which should be fed to each individual of the colony.
Common Opinion: GOOD