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Anemone ID   2/7/10
<Hi there Zoe>
I bought some live rock yesterday - had quite a deep hollow in one side - I thought there were some mushrooms in there but couldn't really see as they were all shriveled when out of the water. I put the lr into a holding tank and this morning have found 4 anemones?
<Mmm, yes... appear to be Stichodactyla helianthus, the Sun Anemone.>
have moved out of the hollow onto the front. They are all at least 1inch x 1 inch - the tentacles extend less than 1cm - they are quite flat, almost like a mushroom. I have had a look at the ID pages and couldn't see much resembling them. I wondered whether you could ID them for me and suggest whether its a good idea to keep them or not. I have a 500l tank with a 100l sump, 3 x 54w T5s with reflectors (soon to be 4). Lots of soft corals.
<These are very "sting-y"...>
I have attached a picture and hope I have given you enough information.
Thanks for your time
<Please see here on WWM:
and on the Net re their husbandry. Bob Fenner>

Re: Anemone ID, Helianthus  2/13/10
Thank you for time and your reply. I have tried to do some research about the Sun Anemone and can't find too much.
<Not much about as far as I'm aware. This is not a "traded species" of any volume, and is entirely "too stingy" for common use>
Am a little concerned as the information I found states that they will eat small fish (I have a couple of very small fish such as a yellow goby, neon goby, clowns) - does this mean they aren't safe to keep in the tank?
Also some of the other information says that they have a very powerful sting - this has confused me a little because my shrimps often walk over them / stand on them and don't react as if they have been stung.
<These animals are indeed almost immune>
I suppose I just really want some reassurance that my fish will be safe with them rather than me needing to give them away - what are your thoughts?
<I would trade them to someone with a biotopic TWA shallow water habitat.
Thanks again for your time 

Re: Daily Pix Email out from WWM (Lebrunia anemones) Yikes - don't ever touch one of those! If I'm not mistaken that's the same thing that stung me a few years ago - it took weeks to completely heal (and hurt like hell too). <Thanks for this input James. Will post along with the pic. Bob Fenner>J

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