Saltwater Aquarium Anemones for Marine Reef Aquariums:Carpet Anemone
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Saltwater Aquarium Carpet Anemones

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Saltwater aquarium carpet anemone are fascinating creatures, and highly sought after by hobbyists. However, carpet anemones require your aquarium to be well maintained. Recommended for the expert aquarist, the marine or reef aquarium must have excellent water conditions, a moderate current level, and very strong lighting. To supplement what the sun provides, carpet anemone should be fed raw, minced meaty seafood items: shrimp, shellfish, fish, or krill weekly.

Green Carpet Anemone
Stichodactyla Gigantia
starting at $79.99
Yellow Carpet Anemone
Stichodactyla Gigantia
starting at $79.99
Blue Carpet Anemone
Stichodactyla Gigantia
starting at $249.99
Purple Carpet Anemone
Stichodactyla Gigantia
starting at $249.99
Picture of Green Carpet Anemone Picture of Yellow Carpet Anemone Picture of Blue Carpet Anemone Picture of Purple Carpet Anemone


Tank Recommendations: A 125 gallon or larger aquarium is highly recommended, and preferably one that has been running six months at the bare minimum. Carpet anemone need a large, stable, and established marine aquarium. Water parameters and temperature should remain rock steady at all times in order for long term success to be had. Although the blue spectrum is useful to pull out the beautiful colors, it is useless from a photosynthetic perspective. Because of their need for symbiotic algae, carpet anemone need intense lighting to do well. Lighting in the 5,500-10,000 kelvin temperature range is highly recommended for at least a portion of the day. They need a sand bed of at least four, and preferably six inches, as it is unnatural and uncommon for carpet anemone to be content attached to a rocky substrate. When first introducing the carpet anemone into the display, try and dig out an area of the sand bed where you prefer it will reside, while decreasing the flow rate during this time so that its not blown around the display. Doing so will allow the anemone time to settle in and bury its foot completely into the sand bed. Once in place, carefully move some sandy substrate around the column and increase the flow rate back to the normal output. Random, turbulent water flow in sufficient turnover volume to lightly 'ruffle' the edges of the anemone is what is necessary, anything stronger (especially laminar) is likely to be excessive and harm your anemone. Be careful with powerheads in marine systems containing anemones, as the animal can and will be killed if caught by the pump intake. All overflow and other similar areas should have their intakes covered with a sponge, to prevent damage should the anemone go wondering around the aquarium.

Food and diet: Carpet anemone are voracious eaters, and all species should be fed weekly to bi-weekly, depending upon the health and size of the animal and the lighting conditions in the aquarium. More frequent feeding's will result in an increased growth rate. Carpet anemone should be fed raw, minced meaty seafood items (shrimp, shellfish, fish, and krill to name a few, attained from your local grocery store), chopped to about 1/4 inches in size. Anemone do not have the capacity to "think" and will grab and attempt to ingest any meaty item that is fed to them, but do not mistake this as a reason to feed large pieces or whole animals (shrimp, fish), which will usually be regurgitated later and can possibly injure the animal internally.

Level of Care: Advanced Aquarist Species, Advanced or Expert Aquarist Only, No Guaranteed Beyond Live Arrival. Keeping carpet anemones can be very difficult and should only be attempted by advanced marine aquarist, zoo, or marine research institutions. They have high lighting needs and must be in a large enough aquarium to satisfy their needs. Putting an anemone in a new tank will result in failure. The tank should be at least 12 months old and stable before adding.

More Information: Keeping this anemone requires great care in handling because it has a potent sting and is venomous. It is one of the few anemones that can cause some people to have a severe allergic reaction.

Reef Compatibility :with caution

Approximate Inflated Size: Small: 2" to 4" Medium: 4" to 6" Large: 6" to 8" XLarge: 8" to 11"


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Photos are representative of each species. Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.
*Recommended for: Expert aquarist, Zoo, or Research center: All of our livestock has a guarantee to arrive alive. However for species recommended for either Expert aquarist, Zoo, or Research center we cannot offer a guarantee beyond 2 hours after arrival for one or more reasons outlined below. This means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates, harm from pump intakes, or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult to recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.