YouTube Video of Feeding the Ritteri Anemone, Heteractis magnifica
The Ritteri Anemone is also referred to as the Magnificent Anemone, Heteractis Magnificent Anemone, Magnifica Anemone and also called the Purple Base Marone Anemone. Found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean from the Red Sea to Somoa. Ritteri anemone are found in waters at depths from only 3 feet of water to 33 feet in shallow reefs. Unlike other anemones that hide in the substrate or deep crevices, the Heteractis magnifica prefer to live higher up on the reef, often with much of their body visible. They can be found singly or grouped in dense colonies. In the wild Ritteri anemone grow to over 35 inches in diameter, but in an aquarium they grow to between 16 and 18 inches. They are accompanied by clownfish, which form a symbiotic relationship for the protection and nourishment of both animals.
A beautiful anemone that is coveted by the experienced reefers. Since it is one of the very challenging to keep it is recommended for the advanced marine aquarist, a zoo, or marine research institution. Requiring excellent water quality with minimal nitrates, good water flow, strong lighting and plenty of food are the key factors in keeping a Ritteri anemone both healthy and thriving.
Requiring the typical live rock/reef environment, its marine tank needs to be a minimum size of 50 gallons and it must be a mature tank, up and running a minimum of 1 year. It requires strong lighting. To help provide adequate lighting, we highly suggest a tower of live rock be built up to just under the tanks water surface. The Ritteri will then climb high to gain more light, just as it does in the ocean. It also requires moderate water movement, but it cannot handle stronger than that. Direct hard flow toward the anemone is not good, but it does appreciate moderate swaying water flow motions. Finally 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 your anemone go wondering around the aquarium.
Food and diet:
Feed your Heteractis magnifica a mix of chopped fresh shrimp, fish and mussel from your grocery store. This variety is very good for these anemones, as they seem to derive their different dietary needs from these meats. Large magnifica anemones need food daily, medium sized need to be fed 5 times a week, and the young or smaller ones need to be fed 2 to 3 times a week.
Level of Care:
Advanced Aquarist Species, keeping Heteractis magnifica can be very difficult and should only be attempted by advanced marine aquarist, zoo, or marine research institutions. They are difficult to care for because they have very strong lighting needs and require perfect water quality.
Approximate Inflated Size:
Medium: 4" to 6"; Large: 6" to 8" ; XLarge: 8" to 10"
*Ritteri Anemone are only recommended for very experienced aquarists. Anemone species that are recommended for very experienced aquarists, are so because they are harder anemone to do well with for one or more of the reasons outlined below: This means that this specific anemone species may not handle stress from environmental conditions well and can lose their ability to ward off infection and disease. The experienced aquarist must watch out for poor water quality; make sure there's no harassment to the anemone from tank mates; be sure you have blocked your anemone's path to any pump intakes. Other marine life are listed in the expert classification because of the specialized feeding requirements that they have may be very difficult to recreate in a aquarium.
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