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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

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>


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... but small/er>

 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> 


identifying an anemone      5/29/12
Hello all,
I have problems in identifying an anemone and I come to ask you for help, if possible.
In this gallery are several pictures of her:
<I see>
A friend of mine bought this anemone with 20cm in diameter, as a Stichodactyla mertensii, and four years later she was 30cm.
<Not surprising... but might be a He tried to fix it on the rocks, but she moved to the substrate (coral sand) always.
<Mmm, strike two... I think this might be a S. gigantea... on the basis of the mouth, the sand...>
When we played with our fingers, they get stuck and we have to do some strength to let go of the tentacles of the anemone.
My question is between identifying it as a Stichodactyla mertensii or Stichodactyla haddoni.
<Please read here re: http://s625.photobucket.com/albums/tt337/pedrogoncalvesx/carpet_anemone/
<<Oops!: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/carpetanemones.htm >>
Can you help me identify?
Thanks in advance and
Best Regards,
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>

Re: identifying an anemone      5/30/12
Thank you for your prompt reply!
<Welcome Pedro>
For some technical reason, some parts of the answer must be incomplete ..
<? What do you mean? I see the totality of the corr. below. Are you able to open the link, review the distinctive characteristic (differences) twixt the principal Stichodactyla species?>
Anyway the tentacles of gigantea are much longer, are not?
<Are not... the placement (sand), mouth (not flat, but open, obvious), stickiness of tentacles, colour of the verrucae... all point to S. gigantea. BobF>
Re: identifying an anemone      5/30/12
<Please read here re: http://s625.photobucket.com/albums/tt337/pedrogoncalvesx/carpet_anemone/ 
<<Oops!: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/carpetanemones.htm  >>

Could You ID My Nem Please?/Carpet Anemone ID 5/26/2011
Hi all at WWM!
<Hello Ruth>
I have trawled your site many times and found many a varied answers, but the one that still bugs me, is, not knowing for certain what my anemone is.
I got the whole system second hand so need a little help. Despite looking at hundreds of pictures, I just don't feel confident enough to give him a name!
<How about sticky?>
I think he looks like a carpet anemone, possibly S. haddoni, but like I said, I'm just not confident enough. He is about 6" across when fully open (although that is rare since he mostly does what he's doing in the picture, which is "hiding" under rocks!). I haven't been brave enough to touch him yet! He's not changed since I got him in October.
<Coloration as well?>
Any comments on his health and well-being are welcome since I'm new to the hobby and advice is always appreciated.
<Well Ruth I'm not so sure it is a haddoni. The fold shape leads me to believe it may be
Stichodactyla gigantea. I will ask Bob for his professional input as well. <<Is haddoni>>
You may want to read here and learn more about the needs of this animal.
I'm also hoping your tank is large and has intense lighting in the form of metal halide which is necessary to even have a chance on keeping this animal long term. At present, it appears to be just surviving.
Many thanks
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
Kind Regards
Ruth Carsberg

Re Could You ID My Nem Please?/Carpet Anemone ID 5/26/2011- 5/27/2011
Thanks James
<You're welcome, Ruth>
OK you did make me giggle with the "sticky" suggestion, I could probably have phrased that sentence a little better.
So from your coloration response, I am guessing that my gut feeling is correct, and he is indeed bleached. His coloration has not changed since October.
No, the tank is not large, but this is something I am currently looking to improve. It is an Aqua One 620T (approx 140 litres) with the standard 2x 18watt PL bulbs.
<Tank is too small and lighting is no where near enough for this animal. I am surprised it is still alive. Is the anemone taking food?>
I've asked various aquarists whether this lighting is enough, and they have said that it is.
<What are their credentials?>
But I'm still dubious. Would you say metal halides are the only option here?
<Metal halide would be my first choice, and T5 HO my second. If you can provide me with your tank dimensions I will make a suggestion.>
We feed him directly once a week with chopped silver sides / muscle /other chopped seafood.
<Oh good, and consider soaking the food in a vitamin complex such as Selcon or Vita-Chem.>
Water parameters are:
Sg 1.026
Temp: 27*C / 80.5*F
<I'd lower the temp to 78.>
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: sorry, I'm at work and my memory is failing me, but I do know that it was considered within the "safe" area using the JBL test kits.
<Yes, but safe for what.>
Phosphate: 0.25 (working on solutions for this - using RowaPhos and removed carbon for now)
<A good protein skimmer would be a very useful tool to improve water quality and help control nitrates/phosphates.>
As far as I know, from the information I was given, the tank has been running for around 4 years, but I don't know how old the anemone is.
My tank has mum and dad A. polymnus along with 7 of their offspring (hoping to move them on soon)
<Congrats to you Ruth!>
some turbo snails, a hermit crab, a star fish and a cleaner shrimp. There are a few mushrooms and polyps that seem to be healthy, but nothing spectacular.
<Won't be with your lighting.>
The rest is live rock.
Sand bed is approx. 4".
Apart from improving the lighting and tank volume, is there anything else I can do to help him?
<For you to continue to read/learn and ensure this animal is fed at least once weekly, it's obviously his lifeline right now.>
I am most grateful for your swift response.
<You're very welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
Kind Regards

Anemone Identification 12/3/10
Hello Crew! Thank you for providing this service for those of us that have hit dead end with every other method of research.
I recently ordered a sebae anemone from a very reputable shop. What I received was a beautiful specimen, but not something I have ever seen or would have identified as a sebae.
<Me neither>
I checked with the shop and they verified it as a sebae,
<Not Heteractis crispa assuredly>
and treated me as if I am stupid, which I know I am not. I went on with my week and have been alarmed a number of times by it's behaviors. It is often full and beautiful in the morning, but in the afternoon will shrivel as if it's dying. It fills back out in the evening and is shriveled again by 9:00 or 10:00pm. I also have yet to see it eat, and it has been 6 days now. I've tried feeding it a variety of meaty foods, and the food sticks to the short tentacle but I see no locomotion moving it toward the mouth.
Even checking 15 and 30 minutes later pieces of krill, shrimp, or squid will remain in the tentacles. At this point my efforts to identify are not in knowing what it is, but in knowing how to care for it, what it needs,
and what to expect in behaviors. It's a truly beautiful creature, and I would like to enjoy it rather than worry about it. Thanks for your help!
<Well... this specimen is aberrant, but my best guess is that it's a Stichodactyla... likely a S. haddoni. Please do see here:
I do hope this specimen rallies for you. Bob Fenner>

Anemone ID 11/17/10
Hello Crew,
<Howsit Kris?>
I was wondering if you can help me identify my anemone. I purchased it form a reputable online retailer as a Stichodactyla haddoni.
<Mmm, don't think so. See here: http://wetwebmedia.com/carpetanemones.htm
When I opened the bag it was small and brown and a good sight at first that it wasn't white or transparent. While I was drip acclimating it I was reading a post on a well known forum about if there was any trace of
ammonia in the bag to expedite it and place in the tank. I checked the water in the bag and it was at 3.0 mg/l. Checked mine and it was 0.0. So while I was trying to unattach it from the bag ever so carefully I noticed that there was very noticeable verrucae and snapped a quick pic before I placed him in the tank. I posted all of this on that forum to try and get a positive ID but have come up with conflicting responses. We have come up with the following: a Atlantic carpet, a gigantea or a mertensii.
<The latter is my guess>
The little guy is maybe 4 inches in diameter purplish oral disk with green tentacles. The picture that
shows the verrucae was taken in my kitchen with the anemone in a small Tupperware hence why it all looks tanish. The oral disk looked the same color tan while it was in the kitchen and now its more purple in the tank.
Lighting is 2-250w phoenix 14k bulbs and the anemone is being shaded by three layers of window screen to acclimate it to the lighting. Is there any way you help paint a clearer picture.
<Enjoy! Bob Fenner>

Carpet Anemone Identification 10/12/09
Hello wonderful people (and places and things, etc) at Wet Web Media!
<Hello Sally>
I came across a small (4-5" in diameter) Stichodactyla sp. carpet anemone but I'm not sure which one type it is. I've been reading the descriptions here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/carpetanemones.htm and Carpet Anemone Identification links, books (The Conscientious Marine Aquarist, 2nd ed.), etc, but cannot find a consistent description.
Habitat: it has its body over sand, like the gigantea or haddoni
Oral Disc: it looks bare, like the gigantea or haddoni
Column: attached to rock like the gigantea or mertensii Verrucae: not sure what this is. a growth?
Disc Tentacle field: short, two-toned like haddoni I'm attaching 2 pictures that might be helpful!
If you're able to identify which type this is, can you describe what gave it away?
<Based on your info and the pics, I'd vote for it being a badly bleached gigantea.
I am basing that on the large oral cavity and no two toned banding of tentacles, and likely not a mertensii, their tentacles are not very sticky (re your last email).
I'm asking Bob for his input here also.><<Worthless>>
Thank you! Hugs & kisses :* :*
<Oh no, I'm getting loved up again:) James (Salty Dog)>
Truly yours,

Re Carpet Anemone Identification 10/12/09
Oh yeah, one other thing! :)
It was very sticky to touch, but I didn't feel stung by it.
Thank you!!! ;)
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>

soon to be dead.
Re Carpet Anemone Identification 10/13/09
Ty ty ty ty! The picture doesn't show the brighter yellow coloring of slightly 2 toned tentacles. Would that still call for it being a badly bleached gigantea?
In order to care for it best, should I shield it from my 2 ocellaris clowns that love it so much?
<At this point, it really doesn't matter what type of anemone this is, as it will soon die. Badly bleached means on it's way out. I would suggest you remove it from the system before you have a total wipe out.>
Thank you! ;)
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
Re Carpet Anemone Identification 10/12/09
Hello Bob,
Hoping you had a nice trip to the East Coast.
Am wondering what you meant by "<<worthless>>".
<My input>
If it was directed toward the ID, I based this on information in your article on Carpet Anemones as well as information from other noted authors.

Re Carpet Anemone Identification 10/18/09
Hello again!
<Hi Sally>
Quite frustrated with my bleached purchase, I took it back and complained a lot until I was offered a replacement. Can you believe that I was even told by one employee that it wasn't bleached, but naturally lighter in color??? I had to quote you friendly fish lovers at WWM to gain any sort of credibility! Thank you!!!
<You're welcome.>
The story goes on... and I have a new carpet anemone. It's a bit larger, and much darker than the one I parted with. I drip acclimated it for 3-4 hours and it seems to be happy after a night (the tentacles are moving happily and it ate a piece of a silver side fish for me!).
Can you help me identify the type of my new carpet anemone? It's sticky like the last one, and I believe it's gripping to a piece of live rock and hovering over the sand like the last. I can take more pictures if needed.
<Is enough.>
Thank you all so much. James (Salty Dog) especially. I'm glad I was able to trade it in... but was told I wouldn't be able to trade it a second time (but I could donate it back, so please let me know if you see any obvious things that I wouldn't notice).
<Before I go any further, I see in looking at your last few emails, you give no description of your system as to size of tank and lighting along with tankmates. I'd like to be sure you can even meet the requirements for keeping a carpet anemone alive for any length of time. Your attempts may be futile. James (Salty Dog)>
Ty ty ty!!! ;)

Re Carpet Anemone Identification 10/19/09
Hi again James! :)
<Hello Sally>
My system is a Clear For Life Acrylic 100 gallon Bow Front Aquarium (60" x 18" x 24"), with a 30 gallon sump underneath, protein skimmer and another 20 gallon refugium.
<Tank is actually a little on the small side for keeping carpet anemones with any degree of success, but the sump and refugium are a plus.>
My lighting system is made of T5 HO with 6 bulbs in a row along the entire length.
<This may be borderline lighting with a 24" deep tank. Best chances for success with tanks 24" or deeper are with metal halide lighting in the 5500-10000 Kelvin temperature range.
Excessive use of the blue spectrum is useless from a photosynthetic perspective and energetically wasteful.
S. haddoni and S. mertensii are more adaptable to variations in light intensity than is S. gigantea.
Based on your photos, it appears your anemone is a Haddon's or haddoni Carpet Anemone, the most readily available species. The Merten's or mertensii are rarely seen in the trade with the S. gigantea not lagging too far behind.>
I keep the tank at 77 degrees with heating and chilling,
<Temperature and parameters must be kept rock stable for these animals.
Your means of temperature control is another plus. Use of an ozonizer is another great benefit in keeping water quality high, which these animals also demand.>
and in it are a variety of shrimp (2 skunk cleaner, 2 peppermint, 2 fire red),
<Very likely to become food soon.>
50+ snails variety, a few crabs, 1 Chocolate Chip Starfish,
<Would remove the starfish also.>
2 Ocellaris clownfish, this carpet, and the only other thing on my list is a algae blenny.
<Other fish can/will fall prey to carpet anemones.>
Thank you! I appreciate you looking out for me. Please advise! ;)
<Based on your system details, the odds of successfully keeping this anemone long term would be low. Larger tanks increase the chances of success to a higher level.
More research on your part, and from more than one source, should have been done before purchasing this anemone. I'm thinking you do not realize the difficulty in caring/providing for carpet anemones. James (Salty Dog)>

Re Carpet Anemone Identification 10/19/09
<Hellooooooo Sally>
Thank you for your sincere reply James! Sad news for me...
<Shouldn't be sad news, just reality.>
I've been reading up on these a lot.
<After reading, did you still feel you had the system to give yourself an honest shot at it?>
I'd like to try, but if my odds are low at keeping this long-term (lower than average which is 10% already),
<The odds are low for anyone, not just yourself.>
would you suggest that I try to give it back to my fish store? :-( I do have another 46 gallon tank for the other items (shrimp, starfish) that could potentially get eaten.
<Well Sally, being that you mentioned the LFS will not take it back, you may want to attempt this, the choice is yours to make. You may be one of the lucky few to succeed.
One of the problems that lead to the difficulty in keeping carpets, is that they do not ship well. From the time they are collected and find their way to the LFS, the anemone has gone for quite a few days without
proper lighting, food, and likely in water conditions not to it's liking with the end results being a stressed
animal by the time it gets to the dealer's tank. It isn't that these anemones are touchy or sensitive, most live
longer lives than us. It's the fact that most of these anemones are in the very early stages of death before we receive them, and, it takes a very good system with excellent water quality to attempt reversing this process and return the anemone to a healthy state.>
Also, in case it helps-- the tank has about 3-5" of sand, and the carpet is attached to a piece of rock, so it's raised up higher than the 24" depth. Does that help?
<Keep in mind that T5 HO lamps can provide enough light in some cases, it's just that metal halides are preferred.
If you decide to attempt this, you can help yourself and the anemone by switching to 10K lamps. More of the proper light will be present for photosynthesis. I'd like you to read this article on carpet anemones if you haven't already. Is a good, informative article on the subject.
James (Salty Dog)>

Stichodactyla ID 3/19/09
Hello Everyone,
<Hello Steve>
Thanks for your site....I have covered your facts page(s) well before many purchases and it has made a world of difference.
<Good to hear.>
I have what I believe is a Stichodactyla Haddoni. Pet store picked it up at a popular reef where house
<I don't know where the house is.>
in L.A. but wont specifically I.D. the anemone. Based on your sites pictures, I am guessing.
Could you please I.D. him? In the picture he just woke up to MH, so he
might have "bed head". I'll insert the picture.
<Sure looks like a haddoni to me, how about you, Bob?>
<<Mmm, no, I'm a human... this is the Actinarian you state. RMF>>
Thanks everyone.
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
Steve C

Responsible Anemone/Scallop Keeping 8/12/04 Hi there! It's been awhile since I've had a question come up, so here I am. ;] <we've been waiting with bells on> I recently got a deep blue carpet anemone. I'm in love. ;] <this is an illegal relationship in most civilized countries> It is very sticky, the foot is in perfect condition, and it ate a chunk of food on the first day! I have it in a tank with lots of light and very good flow. <all good> My main question is how can you tell the difference between S. haddoni and S. gigantea? <listen for the accent in their speech betraying the locale of their origin/speciation.> Do S. haddoni come in blue as well? <yep... RIT brand dyed fresh from some charming Indo exporters> I have two rock/flower anemones that are near the carpet (3 inches away) but not touching. Will this be a problem? <I expect the carpet will stress or kill these in time> Everybody seems happy at the moment. Do pink skunk clowns take to carpet anemones? <the answer to this question, as with the details of speciation between anemones (like the tentacle-free distinction around the mouth of S. haddoni) and so much more is waiting for you in our archives. We work hard to build this database... please do make the effort to use it and help yourself. There's a clownfish/anemone compatibility chart ta boot: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marine/inverts/cnidaria/anthozoa/anemones.htm be sure to follow the many other links atop these pages> I feed all of my anemones (3 flowers, RBTA, green BTA) a mixture of live plankton and Prime Reef/Frozen Brine shrimp by Formula foods. They all seem very happy and are growing. Is this an acceptable diet for the carpet anemone as well? <seem weak to me... the phyto is of dubious value for the carnivorous anemones (they feed on zooplankton principally)... and brine shrimp is a truly hollow food (barely useful even if gut loaded). Please do add better variety here with 4-6 other meats of marine origin. Shredded cocktail shrimp, Mysid shrimp, Pacifica plankton... minced krill... and fish eggs (grouper roe from the LFS or flying fish eggs from an Asian groceria... excellent food for such filter feeders)> Thanks for everything! Morgan Mok ps: Just as an update for the naysayers and the "blind squirrel people", my red flame scallop is over 1 1/2 years old in my system. ;p <Morgan... you do understand that we are here to serve the greater good in the hobby? I hope you are too. Encouraging the majority of aquarists to keep inappropriate animals like flame scallops just because less than 1% survive over one year is... well... irresponsible. Unless you can clearly explain and document how yours lived to 18 months (still not much of an accomplishment when many simply take longer to slowly starve via a small daily deficit in nutrition as from brine shrimp feedings over time... and all have a natural lifespan on a scale of magnitude much longer!), let me ask... rather, beg (!) that you do not casually promote the keeping of flame scallops or the like as if its a lottery, and telling people the equiv. of "you might win too!". The truth is that most lose... and these are living creatures lives lost... not lottery tickets. Your fave naysayer, perhaps... Anthony :) >

Yellow vs. Green carpet anemone Hello Bob, <Steve> I am curious, why does every authority state that this anemone should be green. It has been yellow for Two years! Thanks Steve <Well, you and I will state otherwise. Have seen this carpet in quite a few colors, including yours here... in the wild and captivity. Can even change color due to lighting, feeding, water quality, perhaps other factors. Bob Fenner>

Carpet Anemone ID Hey Wet Web People... <Discriminating against extraterrestrials, are we? The shame!> I bought a carpet anemone...sadly I for once didn't look up your website and wonder if I will regret it now. They are cheap here in Bangkok and I got suckered in (US$8) as it looked healthy and well coloured. <Starting off with a healthy specimen is half the battle, but PLEASE do your research before impulse buying! Life should not be measured by the cost of acquiring it> I am not sure what species of carpet it is. <Most likely Stichodactyla haddoni or Stichodactyla gigantea...can you get a picture of it, especially a pic of it's mouth?> The colouration is a soft pinky burgundy base and the tentacles are light green. Its about 7 inch wide. Also very sticky. Is it gigantea? <See above. Stickiness is a good sign though, make sure you feed it often> Are all carpets fish eaters? I have seen tanks with them with fish in the past...it's one hell of an ordeal to get LFS to take stock back here so I am hoping not to. The tank occupants are two pipe fish - Doryrhamphus sp.. (black snout/orange front to the body/blue back section with a black tail with a white central patch and rim?), a clarkii clown, and sifting goby of some variety. Other than the clown, I am guessing they aren't the best tank mates with one of these. <Yes they are, and expect to lose all of your fish eventually except for the clarkii, especially the pipe fish. Do you have adequate lighting, space, and water flow for your new anemone? They like bright light, you will need halides or natural sunlight to keep one long term. Make sure you keep it well fed also, with shredded\small pieces (1\4") of fresh seafoods> Thanks for the advice <Anytime> Brett Moloney <M. Maddox> Bangkok <Aym ah Texan>

Anemones (Carpets) Hello, Will a green and blue carpet do well together in a 180 gal? Or will they poison each other? I was thinking about adding a red carpet. <probably no anyway you slice it. Green carpets are a legitimate and natural color/species. Blue, Red and Yellow carpets are most often dyed and most are not destined to live long for the stress of it all. If they are otherwise naturally occurring distinct species, then you are still beat from the extra specific aggression. Bottom line... two different anemones are not recommended together. Besides... carpets get enormous and you would need a huge tank for two three foot diameter carpets <wink>. Do read though the archives for information on dyed anemones> also what else can you feed them besides Thawed krill, shrimp silver sides? <the above foods are good if finely shredded. Feeding large whole prey otherwise can be harmful to an anemone in the long run. Most meaty foods of ocean origins are fine (Pacifica plankton, Mysid shrimp, fish roe, etc). Thanks, Scott <best regards, Anthony>

Anemone Husbandry... Hey Guys, <Scott F. your guy today..> I just bought a new carpet anemone (don't really know what kind, it has bright green, stubby tips) <Might be Stichodactyla mertensii...can be a tough one to keep, since it requires a lot of light and food... Also, you could be looking at S. haddoni, which has shorter, blunt tentacles. It gets quite large, but is otherwise about average in care requirements as carpet anemones go...Meaning- it is touchy...> and went to get new lights for it. I bought Aqualight 20" quad strip with 96 watts (do you think that is enough) and I was wondering if I should feed him live food or just let him photosynthesize? <Well, in regards to the light- I think that you might need to move the animal high up on your rockwork to get adequate light. You may want to keep a close eye on the animal's behavior to see if the lighting is enough (on the surface, it sounds like it's not...You'll have to feed often, almost daily, in order to keep the animal in good shape)...And, again- light...lots of light- and current!> If I should feed him, what should I feed him? <Various forms of plankton tend to be natural foods.> Also, one more question, do you think black percula clowns will be more prone to live in the carpet than orange perculas. <Hard to say...Many perculas are tank raised, and have never seen an anemone...It is often disappointing for hobbyists to find that their clowns don't go into the anemone...Here's to hoping!> Thanks a lot guys. <My pleasure...really learn all that you can about the species that you have an it's husbandry...Anemones are simply not easy animals to keep, and require a high level of care...Good luck! Regards, Scott F>

Stichodactyla tapetum - mini-carpet anemones 7/20/03 Thanks for the quick response. Something I had forgotten about, (due in part because I never see that part of the rock) is that on a zoo rock I bought back in May, is one of the . smallest species of carpet anemones - Stichodactyla tapetum. I have been in contact with the fellow I bought the rock from, and he confirms that the un-identified critters I wrote you about are indeed the small anemones. thanks for your help, and any advice you might have on keeping these happy would be appreciated. Neil <the mini-carpet anemones you have do not present any unusual challenges in husbandry. Treat as you would other anemones and corallimorphs... feeding fine foods several times weekly. A fishless refugium to produce plankton for them and others in the tank will be even better. They lean towards the hardy end of the spectrum relative to other cnidarians at large. Best regards, Anthony>

Carpet anemone questions 10/18/03 After reviewing your site can you confirm the following: 1) The specimen in the attached photo is a S. mertensii. <<Looks like a S. haddoni to RMF>> <cannot say with certainty from most any photo. But on gross characteristics, I'm inclined to wonder if this isn't S. gigantea which has dense short tentacles of equal size whereas S. mertensii has colored verrucae (peach/pink) and longer tentacles approaching the mouth> 2) Your usual recommended feeding regimen of a wash of Mysis shrimp or other 1/4" food applies to this anemone as well. Not too frequently. <yes... a must with all anemones to be safe. There are few if any large chunks of meat/fish falling through the water column untouched on a reef <G>. Many eyes watching and waiting to consume such matter. Anemones instead feed on fine zooplankton (like most carnivorous cnidarians) at night> 3) I bought this carpet unaware of the numerous posts of it eating tangs and other fish. <yes... does occur because of the unnatural and crowded confines of aquaria. Far less so in the wild> I am willing to assume some risk and leave it as is in my 200 g tank with 5 fish, but I might change my mind if it's a virtual certainty that at some point it will eat my purple tang. Can you roughly ballpark the percentages? <nope> Is it 50/50 that my fish will survive or are the odds against me 95/5? <hard to say... truly pot luck. I never recommend anemones for mixed community tanks. I believe they should always be kept in a species or biotope display, else somebody's life (anemone and/or fishes') will be shortened.> As always, thanks for your help. <my strong advice is to house the anemone in a proper species tank. Perhaps a nice 60-90 gallon drilled and plumbed inline with your 200 gallon to spare you the expense of another filtration system. If your anemone is mertensii... it is a rock dweller... and if it is S. gigantea, then it is a sand/lagoon denizen (soft substrates). Best of luck. Anthony>

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