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Anemone Success
Doing what it takes to keep Anemones healthy long-term

by Robert (Bob) Fenner

Anemone ID – 09/10/13
First of all, congratulations on an amazing site for information. I have learned a lot from you guys.
I was wondering if you could help me id this anemone (photos attached).
<We'll see...>
It looks like a bubble tip, but since it has green neon tips, I'm not sure whether it is a rare morph or a Condy anemone. The oral disk has the same color as the tentacles, and the foot has a light brown color.
<Any markings on this pedicle?>
Thank you very much in advance for your time and attention.
Best regards,
<And how large...? My current guess is on the genus Anemonia:
Bob Fenner>

Re: Anemone ID – 09/10/13
Dear Bob,
Thanks for an extremely fast response.
It has no markings on the pedicle. It is about 2 inches diameter.
<Ahh! Am further decided that this is a Majano of some sort... A beauty>
I bought it yesterday from a LFS and it hasn't moved since. Two maroon clowns were trying to host it at the LFS.
Photo attached for foot visualization.
Thank you very much again.
All the best,
<And you, BobF>
Re: Anemone ID     9/10/13
Thank you very much.
<Ah welcome. B>

Help identifying Anemone     7/26/13
Hello, thanks for your time. I purchased this anemone last week under the premise it is a long tentacle anemone. I was curious if you agree it is, the fact that it moved out of the sandbed and up the rock an inch (coupled with its lack of curling tentacles) has me believing it is possibly a Condylactis. Or do long tentacle not always curl or not always prefer sand beds.
<.... looks like a Macrodactyla; can't tell from the pic... need look at pedicle... closer up at the rest... see WWM re. Bob Fenner>

Anemone Identification    6/28/13
Hi WetWebMedia team,
First of all, I'd like to thank you for all precious information you provide for all of us, aquarists that love their hobby.
I've just bought this nem and I have some doubts if it is really a Bubbletip one, since its base is orange and tentacles very short and unusual in shape.
Thanks in advance.
All the best!
<Mmm, my guess is on Heteractis magnifica; based on the pedicle, color... and the current scrunched down tentacles. Do see WWM re this species; not easily kept and quite predatory. Bob Fenner>

Need help to identify/Anemone ID 6/1/2013
Hi guys,
<Hello Grant>
can you please help me. I have used you wisdom once before and was happy with the answers I got.
I bought some live rock today (2 rocks, 5 kilos) and noticed two little critters come out, I can't identify them on any website due to perhaps not explaining them too well, to me they look like feather dusters with long tenticals <tentacles>.
Here are some pictures.
Thanks all help is appreciated.
<Eeeyu, Feather Dusters would be much more welcome than these Aiptasia anemones.  They do multiply rapidly, and a critter you really do not want in your tank.
Please read here and related articles in the header.
James (Salty Dog)>

Anemone?  ID    5/25/13
I was wondering if you would be able to help identify the anemone in the attached picture.
<Mmm, not just from this one pic, no>
 I got it, along with some other coral in a trade and while he called it a carpet anemone I failed to find any pictures that matched to get an exact ID.  It's doubled in size since I got it, and seems to be doing well.  Not sure if it helps, but the tentacles are not sticky so I've not been able to feed it like I do with my BTA.
Thanks in advance.
<Can you scoot the substrate away from the pedicle and get a close, flash pic? Bob Fenner>

Re: Anemone ID    5/25/13
Hi Bob,
<Hey Derek>
Hopefully this one helps, but unfortunately the way it's sitting the foot is attached to the rock and not the substrate, so I couldn't really move away much.  Not sure if it's helpful, but around the foot and when disturbed it has some fine purple thread like tentacles that come out (see bottom left in the pic).
<Acontian fibers perhaps>
  When I originally put it into the tank, and it was fully closed, the foot looked similar.  There were so many "threads" that I thought it had been damaged when it was removed from the original tank.
Thanks for the help.  If this isn't good I'll catch it after dark when it closes up more, and then see if I can't get a better picture.  The camera is having a hard time focusing, so I may have to get my wife (the photographer) to put the camera in manual mode and get a better one.  I'm a auto-focus point and shoot photographer :)
<The strange clustering of the base of tentacles... that so many are bifurcated is throwing me. I don't know what this is, but will look through my references. BobF>
What IS this? B
Re: Anemone ID 5/25/13
Hi Bob,
<Hey Alex>
I think the "anemone" in question might be a Corallimorpharian like Rhodactis or similar, not a true anemone.
<I do agree with you>
Cheers, Alex
<And you, BobF>

Mystery Anemone/coral: Telmatactis sp. – 12/14/12
Hi WWM crew,
<Hi Dave, Lynn here this evening.>
Firstly let me just say thank you for the wealth of knowledge which you have provided me with over the past couple of years since I started this amazing and sometimes frustrating hobby.
<On behalf of Bob, myself, and the rest of the crew, we thank you very much!>
This evening when I came home from work I saw this hitchhiker in my tank and was just wondering whether you could identify it for me - the glass coloured creature on the sand.
<It appears to be an anemone in the genus Telmatactis (aka the “Club-Tipped Anemone”).>
The head end (visible) is approximately the size of a 1p piece, and has a mustard yellow thick body which extends into the rock behind it.
It is really quite pretty
<Yes, it is!>
…and would like to keep it in the tank should it be fairly non-aggressive, but I am a little concerned as a few days ago I had a mystery death of a yellow tailed damsel which was showing no sign of disease or ill health - could this creature be responsible?
<It’s possible, if the damsel was very small and somehow blundered into the anemone.>
Other tank mates are 2 common clowns, a lemon peel angel, a six-line wrasse and 2 more yellow tailed damsels, plus a toadstool coral, a Goniopora coral and some clean-up crew. The tank is 200l and has not had any life added for the past 12 months as it seemed to be in a very happy state  - so I am not sure where it came from.
<It more than likely moved into this new/more favorable location from whatever unseen location it was in previously.>
Thank you once again for your ongoing help and dedication to the cause.
<You’re very welcome.  For more information regarding these anemones, please see the FAQ titled “Anemone ID: Telmatactis spp. 8/9/10” at the following link: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/AnemIDF37.htm?h= 
A terrific close-up of Telmatactis Americana can be seen here:  http://reefguide.org/carib/pixhtml/clubtippedanemone2.html >
<Take care, Lynn Z>

anemone question or ID please - 11/15/2012Please help if you can.... have any idea of what these are....I have attached a crude photo.
I think baby somethings, but my strong points are not anemones. Hope attachments come through.....if not how do we send pics.
thank you so much in advance,
<Ahh, this is actually a type/species of Corallimorpharian, Mushroom.
Please read here:
<Cheers, Bob Fenner>
Grant C. Anderson
Curator of Fishes
The Marine Cove at Sertoma Butterfly House
4320 S. Oxbow Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD  57106

Re: anemone question or ID please - 11/16/2012
thank you so much, since my accidents I have no reference to what I recall from my earlier days.
<Yeeikes! I have an ever-diminishing recall capacity... no thanks to none!>
thank you again,
<Certainly welcome. Bob Fenner>

Carpet Anemone 11/10/12
I recently ordered a giant carpet anemone from Pet Co. and I'm sure they sent me the wrong species.  It was sold as an assorted giant carpet anemone species
<Mmm, which this is>

 and I was hoping to receive a Haddon's.  I got this one and it doesn't seem like any of the 3 giant carpets species I was expecting. It's hard to tell in the picture, but it is just shy of 7 inches and slightly asymmetrical.  It was lost in shipping and 37 hrs late. The water temp was 62 degrees and ammonia tested at 2ppm.  I rushed acclimation because of this and yet this thing plopped down in my tank, buried it's foot (which is light orange with red dots)
<Both good clues to ID>
 and has not moved an inch.  A true giant carpet would never have survived this so easy. I had a Haddon's for years and could tell by looking at it that I needed to do a water change.  I thought this might be a maxi anemone or mini carpet.
<May be>

 I can find very little out there on them, the difference between them (size?) two. Also the pizza anemone...some say big, some say a couple inches. I need to know what this is and does it need to be relocated when I get the Haddon's.  Will it eat my fish?
<Mmm, yes; given the opportunity>
I have all soft corals, maroon clown pair, coral  beauty and a leopard wrasse.  Thanks for your help.  Jenni VC
<Do read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/carpetanemones.htm
This appears to be a S. gigantea. Bob Fenner> 

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