• Name:

    Pink Elephant Palys

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  • Family: Zoanthids
  • Species: Palythoa
  • Scientific Name: Palythoa sp
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General info about Pink Elephant Palys

In general, corals coming from the genus Palythoa are classified as zoanthids with colonies that are embedded hard in the substrate and are often covered by its protruding polyps. Each polyp has an oral disc or mouth that is flat in shape and surrounded by a fringe of tentacles.
 
This is the water parameters in cultivating Pink Elephant Palys:

 

  • Calcium: 380 - 430 ppm
  • Alkalinity: 3.2 - 4.5 MEQ/L
  • Phosphates: 0
  • Magnesium: 1250 - 1300 ppm
  • Strontium: 8 - 10
  • Temperature: 72° - 82° F (22° - 27° C)
  • Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025

Pink Elephant Palys Diet & Nutrition

In the wild, Pink Elephant Palys has developed a symbiotic feeding relationship with marine algae called zooxanthellae. But in captivity, you have to feed them with nanoplankton or dissolved organics.

Fragging / Propagating Pink Elephant Palys

A mature tank is highly recommended in propagating Pink Elephant Palys. They should be set in the middle or top part of the tank where they will receive the most amount of light.

Flow / Lighting Requirements for Pink Elephant Palys

Pink Elephant Palys requires strong lighting and moderate water flow.

Parasites & Diseases that Affect Pink Elephant Palys

While the Pink Elephant Palys are easy to maintain, you have to be alert for filamentous algae that can overgrow and smother their polyps. They are also prone to box snail which feeds on them, so you need to remove this particular snail from the tank. You also have to look out for large crustaceans and fish like angelfish and butterflyfish that nibbles on their tentacle.

Pink Elephant Palys Origin

Pink Elephant Palys are abundant and can be found in the waters of the Indo-Pacific Ocean.

Caution Should be Taken with Pink Elephant Palys

Pink Elephant Palys are known to possess high levels of palytoxin and vibrio bacteria, especially in their mucus. So, you need to wear gloves in handling them.

How to Acclimate Pink Elephant Palys

Pink Elephant Palys are purely marine. So, therefore, salinity must be maintained thoroughly at 1.023 to 1.025 specific gravity.

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Name Species Family Scientific Name More Detail Added by
Pink Elephant Palys Palythoa Zoanthids Palythoa sp
In general, corals coming from the genus Palythoa are classified as zoanthids with colonies that are embedded hard in the substrate and are often covered by its protruding polyps. Each polyp has an oral disc or mouth that is flat in shape and surrounded by a fringe of tentacles.
 
This is the water parameters in cultivating Pink Elephant Palys:

 

  • Calcium: 380 - 430 ppm
  • Alkalinity: 3.2 - 4.5 MEQ/L
  • Phosphates: 0
  • Magnesium: 1250 - 1300 ppm
  • Strontium: 8 - 10
  • Temperature: 72° - 82° F (22° - 27° C)
  • Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
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