|This image shows how ocean farmed Zoanthid colonies look when they come in from aquacultured live rock facilities. Even though the Zoanthid are pale colored you can notice that there are several different varieties in this colony. We believe this is caused by the fact that the Zoanthid larva attach to Aquaculture rock because there are no other organisms competing for that space when the rock is first put in the ocean.
Rock that is harvested from the wild almost always has one homogenous strain of Zoanthids on it. This is because older colonies of Zoanthids spread by cloning, and we have seen in captivity that the strongest strain often dominates and eliminates competitors.
After these Zoanthids have been in captivity for several months their colors will darken, and by judicious pruning and thinning we can isolate the more beautiful strains.
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