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Carpet anemone

Carpet anemone General information about Carpet anemone
The Carpet Anemone exists singly on the reef or soft bottoms in the Indo-Pacific region, and Western Atlantic Ocean. This multicolored Anemone has longer tentacles than the Saddle Anemone scientifically known as Stychodactyla haddoni. It serves as a host for many kinds of Clownfish including Amphiprion ocellaris. The Clownfish will give the carnivorous carpet anemone with crumbs of food that make up a large part of Carpet anemone diet. The Atlantic or Caribbean is not usually associated with Clownfish, as there are none in its natural surroundings. It may, though, be associated with Periclimenes shrimp.

Carpet anemone lighting
All three species of large carpet anemones need powerful lighting. VHO, T5, or metal halide lighting will be required, depending upon the intensity of the aquarium. Lighting in the 5,500-10,500 Kelvin temperature range is suggested. Extreme use of the blue spectrum is useless from a photosynthetic point of view and energetically wasteful.

Carpet anemones are ravenous eaters, and all species should be fed weekly or twice in a week, depending upon the health and size of the Carpet anemones and the lighting conditions in the aquarium. Carpet anemones should be fed with raw, crushed meaty seafood items like shrimp, shellfish, small fish, and krill. Anemones do not have the ability to think and will grasp and attempt to swallow any meaty item that is fed to them, but do not mistake this as a reason to feed large pieces of animals like shrimp or fish, which will generally be regurgitated later and can possibly harm the animal internally. A healthy animal should be fed approximately once in a week, if possible with food soaked in a vitamin supplement and Selcon. If you feed them frequently it will result in an increased growth rate.

Carpet anemones

Carpet anemone care
Carpet anemones, are attractive creatures. However, carpet anemones are very difficult to maintain in the home aquarium.

Are you willing to care for a large carpet anemone?
Carpet anemones require very large, established systems preferably designed specially with the anemone in mind. A minimum of 130 gallons will be compulsory for all large Carpet anemones, as these monster anemones can gain up to a meter in diameter. Equivalent to their size is their appetite, carpet anemones are deceiving but effective predators, hurting and killing anything that try to get too close to their sticky tentacles. Most fish will become victim to a carpet anemone at some point or another, so they are not sociable. Carpet anemones are motile and violent. Carpet anemones need a serious commitment, and are not a perfect choice for everyone.

Types of carpet anemones

  • Bulb anemones
  • Lon tentacle anemone
  • Blue carpet anemones
  • Pink carpet anemones
  • True carpet anemone
  • Haitian Reef Anemone

Quick Facts

  • Family: Stichodactylidae
  • Range: Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Ocean
  • Color Form: Brown, Green, White, Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Grey
  • Ideal Supplements: Iodine, Trace elements
  • Tank Set-up: Marine: Sand, coral rubble
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Tank Conditions: 73-78F
  • Water Flow: average
  • Light: High intensity
  • Dominance: violent
  • Care Level: hard