Featured Coral of the Week 11/8/2016 – Captain America Paly



captainamericasWell, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 18 months, it’s election day and our country will have a new president elect…for better or worse, richer or poorer.  I’m felling a little extra patriotic today, so lets pay a little respect to the Captain America palythoa.

The Captain America Palythoa has a red and blue pattern similar to the comic book character’s colors.  The coral resembles Captain America’s famous red, white, and blue shield. Due to varying lighting conditions and water parameters in the aquarium, colors in this cnidarian may change from blue to green while the typically red hue may change to pink.  Unlike some of our political candidates over the years, the Captain America Palythoa, like a true superhero, will keep it’s color pattern. 

Similar to some politicians that will go nameless, these corals are highly toxic and they don’t paly play games.  When handling, it’s best to wear eye protection and gloves.  Unlike the cost of electing a president or the national debt, the Captain America Paly will only set you back about $15.00 – $25.00 per polyp.  Best yet, they are fast growers so if you’re into fragging corals and going to swaps, it’s an easy one to recoup your investment on, and then some.


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Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.