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by Robert (Bob) Fenner

Tiny white anemone id       8/9/17
Hi, found this anemone climbing the glass, translucent white with white bands on tentacles.
It is small about 1/4 inch when fully stretched out.
Should it be removed?
<Mmm; maybe... appears like an Aiptasiid... glass anemone. In too great a concentration/population can be problematical... in terms of stinging other life. OTOH, may be employed in a refugium as a nutrient exporter...>
Pictures from a usb microscope. Thank you. Tracy
<Thank you for sharing. Bob Fenner>

Re: tiny white anemone id     8/15/17
Hi Bob, Thank you for your knowledge! I'll move it to a spot where it won't bother anything. - Tracy
<Cheers, BobF>

Anemone identification. No pic       3/21/17
Hi! I’m new to the hobby, tank has only been running around 8 months. About a month or so ago I noticed two little anemones growing on some rock. They haven’t moved, split or caused any harm. I have tried to identify them but after contacting lots of forums and Facebook groups opinion is split 50/50 on them being either some kind of BTA or a majano. The advice on the latter is to wipe them out but I would like a more definitive identification before taking drastic action. I hope with your vast knowledge you will be able to advise me.
Thank you.
Brian T.
<Mmm; more likely Anemonia... or Glass Anemones... Do you have a photo to share? Bob Fenner>

Carpet anemones ID       8/11/16
Is it possible to please ID the anemone.
It came as a mini red anemone at a local pet shop but looks more pink.
shipment came from the US to South Africa.
There was no scientific name.
It's quite sticky like a carpet.
<...? Need a better pic... cropped, resolved. Have you searched, read on WWM Re Actinarian ID? Do so.
Bob Fenner>
Thanks Mohamed

  .... cropped

Re: Carpet anemones ID        8/12/16
I have searched but could not find anything close to it.
It's only about 1/2 inch.

The first thing that comes to mind is a Ric but it's very sticky.
It's the closest I could get based on the size.
Thanks for the help.
<Well; these are better pix... and it does look to be a Stichodactyla species... I'd LEAVE it at the shop till it expands a bunch... they should be treating it w/ Iodide/ate, perhaps some glucose solution and a thousandth reduced spg... and feeding it sparingly. Do you see elements of the pedicle? Any striations on the surface tentacle arrangement?
DO please have a look here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/cptanemidfaqs.htm
and the linked files above. BobF>

re: Carpet anemones ID       8/12/16
Can't see any sign of pedicle.
It does seem to have striations.
<Then my guess is on S. haddoni. B>

Thanks Mohamed
re: Carpet anemones ID

Is it possible to tell the species of Stichodactyla?
<?! Yes... Don't write: READ>

Thanks Mohammed

Baby rock flowers? Or pests? Hard to make out      6/12/16
I have about 10 rock flower anemones in my 100gal aquarium. I know for certain at least one is make <?> because I have witnessed it releasing reproductive material. About a week ago I noticed two tiny polyps on this rock.
The polyps resemble tiny Aiptasia except they have shorter tentacles and a bright green center. Yesterday I noticed there are dozens of them scattered around the entire tank. I was finally able to collect one from the sand bed for closer inspection. It is still difficult to tell exactly what it is. I looks like a tiny rock flower but I was under the impression that baby rock flowers stay at the base of the mother until they are large enough to crawl away and I have a few of these little guys clear across the 100 gal long.
The one I collected into a Petri dish is VERY sticky. I touched it to see if it reacted like a rock nem and it stuck to my finger instantly. Here are the best pics I could get of the collected nem.
<Likely this or Anemonia. Bob Fenner>

nem? I.D.      4/28/16
I was wondering if someone could help me identify this animal. It appears to be some sort of rock flower nem, but is missing some of the normal features of a rock flower nem.
<Mmm; not this. Almost look like Zoanthids, but more than two rows of tentacles...>
They are about 1" across, do not appear to sting the corals around them, do not seem to "walk" around, and do actively feed on mysis shrimp and other frozen foods.
If you could help me identify them, then I can be sure that I'm giving them proper care. Thank you very much for your time!
Sherita Tabner
<These appear to be some sort of Anemonia sp. to me. Bob Fenner>

Anemone ID... following directions?        11/23/15
Could you ID this?
<.... try retaking, and re-sizing your photo and re-sending. Is the pedicle red here? Smooth?
HAVE YOU READ on WWM? Bob Fenner>


Hi All.... myst. "coral"  bonus!      9/8/15
<Tab; twelve megs of pix? Groan>

I was searching for information on a mystery coral and came across your foram.
I just set up a tank to start cycling and bought a live rock that was taken from an old tank at the store. After getting it home we noticed what looked to be a whitish slime on it going to rinse it off i noticed it opening thinking we had a stray coral i just put it in my tank. It has recently opened more and i wanted to get it identified to make sure it wont harm any other coral or fish i will eventually place in the tank. it has only been in the tank for about a week.
These picture were taken within 20 min of each other
<Interesante.... in cropping, spiffing up.... this looks like a Haddon's carpet anemone..... striated; uniform tentacles as small bumps uniform over capitulum.... What say you? Bob Fenner>


Anemone Dream... ID, ?        9/3/15
Petco of all places has the most striking and healthy looking anemone I have seen in a while. He is labeled as a sebae anemone but his appearance doesn't seem to support this label. His foot is orange and large, bigger than his tentacles when he retracts.
<Perhaps Heteractis malu>

And the tentacles are knobby kind of inflated with rich tones of maroon and purple. Definitely not one suffering the bleaching effect. So I have decided to devote 1/2 of my available tank space to this guys future, that equals out to be a65gallon total volume. We have 2 Kessil 160s, the anemone side of the tank would run the pendant at full intensity to try and accommodate his needs. My tank tests 0 ammonia or nitrite, 5-10ppm nitrate, 8.2 ph, 480 ppm calcium,
<Too high. See WWM>
8 dKH, 1.025 salt content, 78 degrees F. I don't currently use any chemicals or additives unless you see something amiss.
<.... the universe is comprised of chemicals, vacuum, energy, and if you'd like to count it separately from chemical, free flowing protons>
I want to get him out of the pet store though so he doesn't begin to bleach. He is phenomenal in his appearance. Understanding that these animals are unique individuals this particular animal seems to have defied odds and I would love to provide him with a safe, clean, healthy tank. Your expertise is always cherished. Thank you.
<? See WWM Re? Bob Fenner>

Help with what this is..     5/10/15
I was told you could help.. I'd like to be sure not Aiptasia. I got live rock and hoping didn't end up with bad hitchhiker...thank you..
<Mmm; looks like a Glass Anemone to me... Do see/READ on WWM re Aiptasia...
Bob Fenner>

Re: Help with what this is..     5/10/15
Thank you for super fast response I will be taking care of this pest asap. .
<Ah, welcome. BobF>

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