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Doing what it takes to keep Anemones healthy long-term

by Robert (Bob) Fenner

Anemone ID -- 08/14/09
I have the utmost respect for you, and I want to thank you in advance for your expertise.
I have a 65 gallon reef aquarium (18"x36"x24" tall), and I have around 100 lbs of Fiji rock (it may be more like 125 +, I have never measured its weight), and it is covered in coral. I have enclosed several small photos of it today for your convenience.
In my Fiji rock, I had a Valentine's Day Massacre Palythoa colony growing into a hole, so I picked it out in order to separate them, and when I did, an anemone began to show himself again. Before they had begun growing in there, there was a baby anemone growing, and it had died, I thought, but now it's back.
What kind it is, I have no clue.
<Your pix are too blurry to tell>
It is blue, greyish blue and it's got fluorescent green tips which look blue in the light and the tentacles are not very long as of yet, but are growing by the day.
I honestly do not believe that this is aiptasia nor is it Majano as I unfortunately know both really well, (bad experience, eep).
<Neither of these in my estimation...>
However, I would like to try to identify it. It is directly behind my pink pom pom pulsating xenia in the image and it is approximately 1.5" across, but getting larger by the day. I do have a Rose E. Quadricolor and a very large, LTA which I've had for a year, and they are both very healthy and happy, however when I got the Rose, its shipping mate arrived in small chunks. I got them in January of 2009. Is there any chance this is a baby E. Quad Rose which is now bleached from hiding inside the Fiji under the Palys?
I also took a very short, very small video of the little fellow and I can send that as well.
<Is it any clearer?>
I value your opinions and I want you to know that I left no leaf unturned before I came to you with my question. I have literally scoured your website looking for an anemone like this, and unfortunately, I just can't tell.
Thanks in advance,
<Neither can I from these images. Bob Fenner>

Re: Anemone ID 8/14/09
Dear Bob,
Thank you for your fast response. I am honored to have you respond to my anemone inquiry.
<Glad to help where, when I can>
I have attached the video I took yesterday with the camera.
<Nice, but no more informative than your stills... Is there an easy way to move the animal in question away from the Xeniid in front of it?>
It is a hair clearer. I think the thing is cute (notice the majano behind it? Lol).
Thank you again,
<Methinks these other Cnidarians are working whatever this is woe. Please read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/cnidcompppt.htm
and the linked files above, particularly on Actinarian and Xeniid Compatibility. BobF>

Re: Anemone ID 8/14/09
Hello and thanks for the advice regarding the overcrowding issues in my aquarium. I am well aware and it's heart-wrenching to think about clearing some paths but it's got to be done.
With that said, the Xeniids in front of the little anemone have been removed.
I have 2 new photos to send you of the little thing and it's far smaller than I had originally thought. I had written it was about 1.5" but, in actuality, it is only 3/4" wide.
<I see... and see that this is much more likely a Corallimorph. Please see here: http://wetwebmedia.com/corallim.htm>
Thank you in advance for all this time and help...and I am so grateful you are out there helping people like me who have questions like this.
Here is the little guy again.
Thank you,
<Welcome. B>

Re: Anemone ID 8/14/09
Thank you again,
I recognize my coral overshot/crowding issues with cnidarians. I am concerned as well. I just don't have the heart to weed it all out. :o|
I will look into that today and will move the Xeniids to get you a much clearer shot of the little anemone. Maybe it will help give it room to come out as well.
Thanks again for your wonderful expertise.
<Glad to share. RMF>

Re: Anemone ID - Update 11/3/09
The little anemone Bob said he thought was a callimorph is indeed a callimorph.
<A Corallimorph/arian... a "Mushroom Anemone" I take it>
He is now about 1/2" in diameter, and he is a green hairy mushroom.
Good job Bob!
Pertaining to http://wetwebmedia.com/AnemID30.htm
<Be chatting. BobF>

Anemone ID 8/11/09
Hi Crew,
<Hello Sean>
I was hoping you might be able to identify this anemone for me. It was sold to me as a Long Tentacle, but I'm now certain that ID was incorrect.
<Appears so.>
Unfortunately, I've spent hours reading on WWM and searching through pictures, but I'm not much closer to an accurate ID. The pictures I've included don't accurately reflect the colors of the anemone, but they should be close enough to get an ID. My camera seems to have a hard time capturing true color with my tank lights (150W 14K MH with T5 actinics).
<If your camera is capable, you may want to experiment with the white balance control.>
Under normal lighting, the anemone has a red/orange foot, tentacles that vary from cream to beige to green
(depending on lighting and inflation) with purple tips. I'm thinking maybe a Heteractis species?
<Mmm, not enough tentacles for this specie. With the anemone not fully inflated makes it a little tougher to ID, but likely what you have is a specie of Condylactis, most coming from the tropical West Atlantic, although there are Indo Pacific species.>
I'm a bit concerned for this nem, as it is a bit small (maybe 2 1/2 inches across, fully inflated) and my A. Percula has decided to host it. The anemone has been moving about, trying to avoid the clown,
<Not the reason, the anemone is looking for a spot to it's liking and will not fully inflate, remain stationary, until found.>
and has ended up behind my rock work, where it isn't getting light, and I can't get food to it, even with a turkey baster. Any suggestions?
<Will not take food until fully inflated. I would not worry too much about feeding right now, as anemones, under correct lighting, will produce most of the nutrition they need to survive. What are your water parameters, tank size, flow rate, etc.?
Do read here and related articles on anemone care.
Thanks in advance,
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>

Re Anemone ID 8/12/09
Hi James,
My tank is a 20 long.
<Too small a volume to have any success with anemones.>
I have 150 watts of 14k metal halide with 2, 24 inch T5 actinic tubes over it. I have approx. 1000 gph flow, provided by 2 powerheads, a Koralia 1, and a HOB refugium (DIY). My tank contains about 22 pounds of live rock and a 1/2 inch sugar fine sand bed.
Water parameters are as follows:
temp: 78-80
pH: 8.6
dKH: 11
Calcium: 450
Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate all read 0 when tested this afternoon.
Inhabitants include a Percula clown, a yellow watchman goby, and 2 green chromis.
<The goby and chromis' will be at risk with a healthy anemone.>
Clean up crew consists of Nassarius and Cerith snails. I have a few corals in my tank as well (I know, I know...) which include Zoanthids, Clove Polyps, a small Goniopora, a couple of heads of Frogspawn, and a couple of SPS frags.
The anemone has been in my tank for almost a month. It seemed very happy and stayed put until my clown started hosting it. Any clue what caused it to go wandering?
<Mentioned that in the previous post, and as above. James (Salty Dog)>

Identification Question/Aiptasia 8/10/09
Hello everybody at WWM,
<Hi Jeff>
I have an identification question. I have this creature that looks like a stringy version of an sea anemone (picture attached)... never bought him/her they just "showed" up. They have been multiplying ever since.
What is this thing and is it safe to have with my Yellow Boxfish?? Are they known to extrude things into the water? (I think they've been mating and making the water cloudy time to time) Thanks,
<What you have are aiptasia, and not good to have in your system.
Do read/learn about this dreaded pest here.
James (Salty Dog)>

Nice pic! RMF

anemone identification 8/2/09
I've recently acquired a rock from the Gulf of Mexico (Texas coast). It came with 8-9 anemones attached to it. I would like to know the species so that I know if they need special care. I have attached two pictures. One shows the fantastic color and the other shows the knobby base. I'm leaning toward a warty anemone, but I can't find a picture of one that looks like these. Please help!
Y'all guys are great!
<Have looked about in my ref.s, the Net and I don't see anything like this as occurring from the Gulf or TWA... Will post on WWM with the hope it is familiar to someone browsing... Bob Fenner>

Need help identifying an anemone 8/3/09
Y'all guys are awesome, so maybe you can help me out. I have been trying to get a concrete id on an anemone for a couple of weeks and have been getting answers that range from insane to maybe plausible. I decided to ask the guru! I know these anemones came from the gulf coast on the Texas shore. I
am leaning toward a warty, but the tentacles look wrong to me. The "fish crowd" in a forum I frequent insit that they are rock anemones, but the pics they point me toward don't have the severe knobbing on the base like these do. I would like to know the scientific name and basic care/light needs of these guys. They have awesome color and I would like for them to thrive.
Any help would be appreciated.
thanks so much
<I still don't know... BobF>

Re: anemone identification -- 08/04/09
Thanks so much. I really curious as to what these guys are.
Renea Bosley
<Me too! I was out at Port Aransas two weekends back... and friends were collecting something similar on the rocks... but, what is it? BobF>

Re: anemone identification -- 08/04/09
I have the marine biology dept. at the Texas Aquarium working on it.
Hopefully will have an answer this afternoon.
Renea Bosley
<Ahh! I thank you, BobF>

Re: anemone identification 8/5/09
Here is the response I got back from Jeff. He is with the Dallas aquarium:
Arden passed your inquiry along to me. The species of anemone from the photos appears to be a Warty rock anemone (/Bunodosoma// sp/). The blue "warts" on the column are the tell tale sign. The photo showing the oral disc and tentacles confused me until I realized the tentacles are somewhat retracted in the photo, giving them the appearance of a different anemone.
Many colors and patterns exist in the Warty rock anemone, everything from pink and yellow to red and green. These anemones are quite common on the gulf coast near Galveston, especially in tide pools. These anemones typically do better in cooler water, somewhere around 75F and the warmer than usual water could be the reason for the slight tentacle retraction in the photo. I hope this helps answer your question.
Bunodosoma cavernata
Not an absolute answer, but pretty darn close.
Renea Bosley
<Thanks much Renea! BobF>

Anemone ID, thanks to JoshS 7/30/09
Hello again!
<Hi there Jake>
This is my second email and just wanted to thank Josh Solomon for his advice on my shrimp goby/pistol shrimp pair. (They have bonded as of last Friday! They reappeared together and are SO interesting to watch! I've been late to work this whole week because I get caught up watching them.)
<I'll send along your thanks, oh! And see Josh et al. at the IMAC conf. this wknd>
On to my anemone question though and I'm sorry if I wasted some valuable time. I asked the LFS to order a Bubble Tip Anemone that was either neon green or white and this is what I got.
<Mmmm... this is a Heteractis magnifica... much harder to keep...>
Needless to say this doesn't look like the BTA I've seen online or in this store. If I could get an ID it would be greatly appreciated.
PS: You guys are awesome and so is your website!
<Thanks. Please read here:
and the linked files above... Bob Fenner>
Re: anemone identification -- 08/06/09

I just got back some more info from the Aquarium that I find very interesting, maybe the readers will also. It contradicts mush of what the "mainline" school of thought is on keeping multiple anemones. I have posted the email....
<<Thank you again Renea. Please see my comments below as well. Bob Fenner>>
I think the heat is definitely playing a role in the lack of tentacle expansion with these anemones. Any severe temperature swings, especially those that last for extended periods of time, will undoubtedly cause at
very least some discomfort to any aquatic life and especially in sessile invertebrates. I would definitely "force" myself back down to the coast to take a look. I would bet there would be a noticeable difference in tentacle appearance after the temps have been back down to normal for a few weeks.
Anemones will naturally live in clusters.
<<Mmm, not so... most of the large species of Actinarians involved in symbiotic relationships with Amphiprionines are solitary... Heteractis magnifica is sometimes found in associations, and rarely H. crispa...
However there are other, "social" species of anemones assuredly>>
A few peeks at some of the more dominate reefs of the world will show many anemones, especially pacific varieties living in very close proximity and often time touching each other. In an aquarium setting, I wouldn't worry about allelopathy (chemical warfare) between the anemones. This is a much more common occurrence with soft corals (Cladiella sp, Sarcophyton sp, etc). These soft corals lack the powerful nematocysts (stinging cells usually used in prey capture) of anemones, so they will release terpenes into the water to injure or kill other corals competing for space. Anyway, back to the anemones. As long as they are the same species, the nematocysts will not recognize the each other and will not fire; therefore being able to live in very close proximity without any issues.
<<I have found this to not be so... or else some other explanation is lacking in my consciousness. Rather than species, the genetic "closeness" to the point of being clones IS of import... I worked a bit with
Anthopleura elegantissima and A. gigantea years back in college re the issue. You are welcome to fwd my input to Jeff. RMF>>
There is a very interesting theory closely tied to this with the Clownfish/anemone relationship, but that's something for a different time.
Now, if the anemones were of different species there would be a major "war" going on between the two, but it would be all physical response passed through the nematocysts of the differing species of anemones causing them to sting (in a predator/prey response) repeatedly until one of them moves or dies.
Hopefully this helps answer your questions. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me. I will do my best to answer them for you.
Thanks again,
Jeffrey Gall
Education coordinator
The Dallas World Aquarium
Re: anemone identification -- 08/06/09

Thanks for your input.. It's amazing how much information I have gained from a quick weekend get-away at the beach and curiosity about an (at the time) unknown anemone.
You guys are great!!!
Renea Bosley
<We'll see...! BobF>

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