When adding zoanthids to an aquarium or adding tankmates to an aquarium with zoanthids one should be aware of a few things. There are a few fish that will pick at and even eat zoanthids, the most notable being certain species of butterfly fish such as Raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula). These normally prey on anemones and will often pick at zoanthids enough to prevent them from opening, eventually resulting in their death. Filefish (Monacanthidae) and sharpnose puffers (Tetraodontidae) are also potential zoanthid nippers.

A Condylars anemone stinging a colony of Zoanthus. J. Sprung

A colony of Palythoa being stung by a neighbouring Euphyllia divisa. J. C. Delbeek

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The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The word aquarium originates from the ancient Latin language, aqua meaning water and the suffix rium meaning place or building. Aquariums are beautiful and look good anywhere! Home aquariums are becoming more and more popular, it is a hobby that many people are flocking too and fish shops are on the rise. Fish are generally easy to keep although do they need quite a bit of attention. Puppies and kittens were the typical pet but now fish are becoming more and more frequent in house holds. In recent years fish shops have noticed a great increase in the rise of people wanting to purchase aquariums and fish, the boom has been great for local shops as the fish industry hasnt been such a great industry before now.

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