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Doing what it takes to keep Anemones healthy long-term

by Robert (Bob) Fenner

Unidentified sand dwelling Anemone 12/18/09
Hey guys.
I've had these in my main tank for some time and have had no idea what to call them.
<Johnny Bag 'O Donuts? Hey there Sammy Boy? Bob?>
the closest approximation I could find was something called a Edwardsiid from Indonesian waters but I cannot be certain that is what I am looking at.
The animals have a semi rough tube like body that somewhat resembles a grub when retracted,
Its pedal disk is reduced down to a very small point yet still seems to work as a hold fast.
There is two rows of six tentacles which always splay upward virtually motionless.
It is highly sensitive, retracting with lightening speed when irradiated.
Its very small, only about a quarter of a inch in diameter at the most with a column length of just over one inch.
Is this a photosynthetic animal or does it lack zooxanthellae?
<Looks like the latter, but... could just be bleached here>
if its not photosynthetic what food items does it require?
<Likely small meaty...>
Thanks WWM
<I think this might be Actinoporus elongatus. Bob Fenner>

Please I D -- 11/17/2009
I am new to your sight, I do not know if this is the proper way to get an ID. But here it goes. I believe it to be an Anemone of some type. It does walk. Does not like high current or high lighting. It does feed on shrimp and has only 6 (I believe) tentacles that grasp food items. It has multiplied in my tank. Twice in the last year. Size is about 2 inches. I will send a pic in the form of an attachment. Again sorry if this is not the proper method to ID .
Rich Harned
<Interesting... I still don't know what this arborose Actinarian is... but we recently had someone else send in I think the same animal. See here:
Bob Fenner, still stumped>

Re Anemone ID 11/18/09
Hi crew!
regarding the anemone ID from today's FAQs - could it be some type of Actinodendron with partially retracted tentacles? Maybe Actinodendron plumosum?
Cheers, Alex
<Mmm, thanks for trying... but all members of this family are Indo-Pacific... and the original pic came from Panama. Bob Fenner>
Re: Anemone ID
Ah, I wasn't aware that a place of collection was given in a previous query.
You're right, Actinodendron is out of the question, then.
<A schwing and a miss... but at least you're batting! Be chatting Alex.

majano anemone? No reading -- 11/12/09
am new to saltwater tanks and I bought a large snail and this was growing on the back of it and I was wondering if u knew what it is because some people were saying it could be a majano anemone
<Mmm, maybe. Please read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/otherpstanemfaqs.htm
and the linked files above. Bob Fenner>

Re: Orange rock beauty, Anem. ID! 11/6/09
Bob, I'm sending you a couple of pictures of the anemone, I think is an anemone because it has a mouth and can walk around like one, it also have 2 sets of tentacles the branch looking ones and a normal ones. One of the pictures is how it looks full expanded when the lights are on, the other of how if looks resting and one picture of it moving around where you can see its seconds set of tentacles. A very impressive animal and one of my favorites of my tank, please feel free to use all the pictures I have send you.
PS: I think you should come to panama here you have the advantage of diving in 2 different seas and believe me you won't regretted.
<Very interesting... thank you for these further photos; and Panama is one of the few countries in C. America I have not been diving in. I will hopefully one day! Bob Fenner, who has asked LynnZ for help!>
A bizarre anemone?
Lynn, please take a gander at the query in your WWM in-folder... What is this thing? BobF
Holy cow, that is one odd-looking organism! I'm not sure what it is, but will look around tomorrow and see what I can find. Take care, Lynn

Re: A bizarre anemone? 11/6/09
Always a pleasure, Bob. I looked around last night and this morning but unfortunately didn't find an exact match. I did learn a lot, though! The closest I could find from the Caribbean were two species of branched anemone: Lebrunia coralligens and Lebrunia danae (family Aliciidae). They show the same distinctly different true tentacles and branched pseudo-tentacles.
<Yeah... but I've seen both these in the wild... this is something else entirely. The genus Lebrunia really are cryptic, hidden amongst, under rock, corals... this thing is out and about, shouting: "Hey Lynn and Bob, try to find out who I am!">
However, I was unable to find any individuals showing such highly branched, almost frondose pseudo-tentacles. According to this site (http://tolweb.org/Lebrunia/18669) it sounds like they start off less ornate/branched when young, but become more so with maturity. Who knows - it could be a mature Lebrunia or something else entirely. The only thing I can recommend to Marky is to avoid contact with bare hands in case it is a Lebrunia species. Apparently, the tentacles can sting the daylights out of you! As in yikes!
Sorry I couldn't have been more helpful!
Take care,
<I think this is one of those mysteries that will remain so, till we suddenly are presented with the specific answer out of the proverbial azule. Gracias, Roberto>

Re: Anemone & Crab ID Query 10/9/09
Hi Bob and Crew,
I saw this query come in but unfortunately can't ID the anemone in question. As for the crab, it looks like a Xanthid of some sort but unfortunately, there's just not enough information for me to take it any
further. I don't know the crab's size, where it originated, or if it was associated with anything else. In addition, I can't quite see enough of the carapace or claws. It looks like a lot of detail (how hairy...where hairy, surface texture/bumps) is lost/obscured because the crab's out of water, with water clinging. Anyway, all I can really offer is that it's likely a Xanthid. Sorry about that...wish I could be of more help!
<Thank you Lynn... I can't tell much more myself. BobF>

I also didn't grab the query because of the crab ID, but I believe the anemone is a Long Tentacle/Corkscrew (Macrodactyla) Anemone. The picture quality is poor/dark so I'm not betting any money on it.
<Me neither. BobF>

Anemone & crab ID
Hi need an ID for this anemone. it's color is dark brown/maroon.
Thanks Siddharth
<Can't discern from this poor photograph. Bob Fenner>

Re: Anemone & crab ID 10/10/09
Hi sorry about the poor pics, managed to get some more. hope these ones turn out ok.
Regards Siddharth
<Please see here:
and the linked files above re ID... The crown looks like Heteractis malu, but the pedicle? Is it as dimpled as it appears? I don't know what this is if so. I don't think it is a clown-hosting species. Bob Fenner>

Ladder in upper left for size comp.

Re: Aiptasia pallida, Anem ID 10/7/2009
Morning Bob
Yes, the photo was from a wreck 2 miles deep and 150 miles offshore. I know the A. pallida is not a local species but the reason I am trying to identify is because it may now have become local. The only species similar are all very shallow water or sub-tidal ones, we don't appear to have any deep sea anemones of this type at all on our own register
<As far as I'm aware (and I am not an Actinarian "expert" by any means) there are no deepwater members of the family Aiptasiidae... all species I'm familiar with require some source of self-feeding through photosynthesis. I do agree with your speculation direction... there are MANY transplanted species about the planet. But I don't think this is one. Have you solicited the opinion of Australian Cnidarian experts? I think Phil Alderslade is still out on Heron Isl. And there are some folks at the public aquariums
I'd try: http://www.aquae.com/Aquariums_Ultra_Quick.html#Oz
Bob Fenner>

Re: Aiptasia pallida 10/7/2009
Thanks Bob
Much appreciated will follow through on that information, I'm sorry to have bothered you will all of this, but as I though it was well known in the US it may have been more easily identified.
<Mmm, no worries (mate)... We're glad to help in what ways we can/may...
But this is almost exclusively a "pet-fish" (ornamental aquatics) site... I like to ask folks what they mean when they say they've been "deep diving"... generally, as you and I know, this means something less than two hundred feet down... In the case of your image... it's 10,000 feet under the surface! I know exceedingly little re this area>
Many thanks for all the trouble you have gone to with this problem (of mine). Incidentally, the single item in the photo I sent you may have given a false impression, the wreck is covered
with them all over, including the surrounding seabed rocks etc
<Thank you for sharing. BobF>

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