Marine Sea Anemone Photo Gallery

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    Condylactis Anemone & Porcelain Crab

    Condylactis Anemone & Porcelain Crab
    Debbie Hauter

    This photo of the Purple Condylactis variety sea anemone in our 92-gallon corner bow front reef tank is pictured with a commensal Anemone or Porcelain Crab (Neopetrolisthes spp.) that lives within the anemone's tentacles. You can see what this anemone and crab look like when the anemone is open at Debbie Hauter's Condylactis Anemone & Porcelain Crab.

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    Purple Condy w/Anemone Crab

    Purple Condylactis Anemone w/Commensal Porcelain or Anemone Crab
    Debbie Hauter

    Anemone: Condylactis species

    Crab: Neopetrolisthes species.

    This photo of the Purple Condylactis variety sea anemone in our 92-gallon corner bow front reef tank is pictured with a commensal Anemone or Porcelain Crab (Neopetrolisthes spp.) that lives within the anemone's tentacles. See what they look like when the anemone is completely retracted and the crab is trying to get in.

     

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    Pink Tube Anemone (Cerianthus membranaceous)

    Pink Tube Anemone
    Dori Corell

    Caution should be taken with the Pink Tube Anemone (Cerianthus membranaceous) as it is poisonous. The Clownfish (or any other fish) is not immune to its poison. It is a beautiful Anemone but should be avoided in a saltwater aquarium.

    Based on the natural symbiotic relationships between Clownfishes and Sea Anemones in the wild, this cross-reference chart can help with choosing the "preferred" host Sea Anemone for your Clownfish in captivity and in the aquarium, and vice versa.

     

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    Aiptasia Anemones Photo

    Hawaiian variety Aiptasia pulchella Anemones
    Debbie Hauter

    This is the Hawaiian variety of the Aiptasia pulchella Anemone, also known as the Glass, Rock, Tube and Glassrose Anemone, and the Devil's Plague.

    Most aquarists consider the Aiptasia Anemone to be an unwanted pest in their aquariums. Once Aptaisia Anemones gain a foothold in your tank, they can be tough to get rid of.

     

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    Aiptasia Anemones

    Hawaiian variety Aiptasia pulchella Anemones
    Debbie Hauter

    This photo was not only taken to show you what problem Aiptasia Anemones look like but how these anemones in our 55-gallon saltwater aquarium were taking over the live rock, which in turn started to push out and kill off the Zoanthids pictured on the rocks as well.

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    Bubble-Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)

    Bubble-Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)
    Jay Pedersen

     Species: Entacmaea quadricolor

    Other Common Names:  Bulb-Tip Anemone

    This picture nicely shows how the Bubble-Tip Anemone gets its name by forming a bulb at the tip of the tentacle. Although there is the Rose colored variety, this anemone primarily tends to be brown or greenish-brown in color, but often has bright green tentacles, which can be pink or purple-tipped.​

    Entacmaea quadricolor anemones are almost universally accepted by different Clownfish species, and therefore it is the best choice for most aquarists.

     

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    Rose Bubble-Tip Anemone

    Rose Colored Bubble-Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)
    Brad Lawrence

    Anemone Species: Rose colored variety (Entacmaea quadricolor)

    Other Common Names: Bulb-Tip Anemone 

    Clownfish Species: Amphiprion percula

    anemones are almost universally accepted by different Clownfish species, and therefore this makes it a good choice for most aquarists.

     

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    Rose Bubble-Tip Anemone

    Rose Colored Bubble-Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)
    Heather Ortega

    Anemone Species: Rose colored variety (Entacmaea quadricolor)

    Other Common Names: Bulb-Tip Anemone 

    Clownfish Species: Amphiprion percula

    A ​Rose-Colored Bubble-Tip Anemone pictured with a True Percula Clownfish nestled snugly inside its stinging tentacles.

    anemones are almost universally accepted by different Clownfish species, and therefore this makes it a good choice for most aquarists.

     

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    Rose Bubble-Tip Anemone

    Rose Colored Bubble Tip Anemone
    Peter and Christy Tyrrell

     Species: Looks like a juvenile rose-colored variety Entacmaea quadricolor

    Other Common Names: Bulb-Tip Anemone

    Rose Bubble-Tip Anemone in their 51-gallon cube reef tank, by all appearances it looks like a juvenile rose-colored variety Entacmaea quadricolor.​

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    Hawaiian Mann's Anemone

    Hawaiian Mann's or Maroon Sea Anemone
    Debbie Hauter

    Species: Cladactella manni

    Other Common Names: Hawaiian Maroon Anemone

    The tentacles of the Mann's Anemone are dark rose in color and sticky to the touch. The column or base may be of a dark rose, maroon, brownish or copper green color, often being so dark in color it appears to be black​ and is covered with small rounded bumps (vesicles).

     

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    Tube Anemone

    Tube Anemone
    Bradley Nicolay

    Species: Cerianthus membranaceous

    Although this is a beautiful sea anemone that can be pink, purple, orange or another color, it is a highly toxic species of that will sting and kill most anything ​it comes in contact with.

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    Green Carpet Anemone

    Green Carpet Sea Anemone (Stichodactyla haddon)
    Debbie and Stan Hauter

    Species: Stichodactyla Haddon

    When fully open, this anemone measures about 8 inches in diameter. Although we have had a pair of Black Percula Clownfish in our 92-gallon corner bowfront reef tank with this and two Condylactis species sea anemones since 12/12/2007, the Clowns have not gone near any of them. Carpets are not a natural host for Percula Clownfishes, and we hope that they will eventually adapt to hosting any one of these anemones, but only time will tell.​

     

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    Striped Haddon's Carpet Anemone

    Striped Haddon's Carpet Anemone (Stichodactylla haddoni)
    Tony Bosco

    Species: Stichodactylla Haddoni

    Other Common Names: Saddle Carpet Anemone, Sand Carpet Anemone.

    Based on the natural symbiotic relationships between Clownfishes and Sea Anemones in the wild, this cross-reference chart can help with choosing the "preferred" host Sea Anemone for your Clownfish in captivity and in the aquarium, and vice versa.

     

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    Haitian Pink Tip Anemone

    Haitian Pink Tip Anemone (Condylactis gigantea)
    Debbie Hauter

     Species: Condylactis Gigantea

    Other Common Names: Caribbean Giant Anemone, Haitian Anemone, Condy Anemone.

    Here is a picture of the Haitian Pink Tip Anemone (Condylactis Gigantea) in our 92-gallon corner bowfront reef tank, which is also named a Caribbean Giant Anemone, Haitian and Condy Anemone.

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    Purple Condy Anemone

    Purple Condylactis Species Sea Anemone
    Debbie and Stan Hauter

     Species: Condylactis Variety

    Commonly referred to as Condy Anemones, Condylactis species sea anemones are found around Haiti, throughout the Caribbean, and in warmer Western Atlantic tropical waters. In nature, these anemones have no relationship with Clownfishes, but often in aquariums, some Clowns will adapt and accept them as a host.

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    Purple Condy Anemone

    Purple Condylactis Species Anemone
    Shelly Gimple

    This Purple Condylactis species Anemone is pictured with an Orange Tree Sponge and a Skunk Cleaner Shrimp.

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    Purple Tip Anemone

    Purple Tip Anemone
    Joe Martin

    No specific identification information was provided with this picture, but it looks like it might be a Condylactus species known as a Haitian Pink Tip Anemone.

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    Giant Condy Anemone

    Giant Condylactis Anemone
    Roy Perez

     Species: Condylactis Gigantea

    Other Common Names: Haitian Anemone.

    Condylactis Gigantea can grow to 12 inches high and in diameter and is found in waters of the Caribbean. In nature, this sea anemone has no relationship with Clownfishes, but often some Clowns may adapt and accept it as a host in aquariums.

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    Giant Condy Anemone

    Giant Condy Anemone (Condylactis gigantea)
    Lee Niewoudt

    Species: Condylactis Gigantea.

    This picture shows a Giant Condy Anemone (Condylactis Gigantea) fully closed up with just a few tentacles sticking out, which is a normal feeding and often night time trait of sea anemones.

     

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    Magnificent Anemone

    Magnificent Sea Anemone
    Tina Hendricks

    Species: Heteractis Magnifica

    Other Common Names: Ritteri Anemone.

    The Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) is named as such because it can grow to over 39 inches (1 meter) in diameter.

     

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    Pink Condylactis Anemone

    Pink Condylactis Anemone
    Lou Montanaro

    Pink Condylactis Anemone.

     

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    Green Bubble Tip Anemone

    Green Bubble Tip Anemone
    David Younglove

    The Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea Quadricolor) is a popular species which survives fairly well in an aquarium if fed often and given good lighting, as shown in the Host Sea Anemone Survivability Survey.

     

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    Condy Anemone

    Condy Anemone (Condylactis gigantea)
    Jeffery Sondin-Kung

    A Condy Anemone (Condylactis Gigantea) with an A. Ocellaris species Clownfish in a 7g nano-reef tank.

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    Condylactis Anemone

    Condylactis Anemone
    Gina Morgan

     Sea Anemones are not the easiest things to keep alive and in good health in an aquarium. Here are the summary and analysis of the Host Sea Anemone Survivability Survey. The information here could help you to easily double the lifespan of a sea anemone in your aquarium.

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    Long-Tentacled Anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis)

    Long-Tentacled Anemone
    David Younglove

    Long-Tentacled Anemone (Macrodactyla Doreensis) with his two Amphiprion   ​Frenatus species Tomato Clownfish.

     

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    Aiptasia Anemone

    Hawaiian Aiptasia Anemone
    Debbie Hauter

    A Hawaiian Aiptasia Anemone
     

     

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    "Before" Lemon Juice Treatment of a Field of Aptaisia

    "Before" Lemon Juice Treatment of a Field of Aptaisia
    Debbie Hauter

    Here are several Aptaisia anemones before they were injected with lemon juice.

     

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    "After Lemon Juice Treatment"

    "After Lemon Juice Treatment"
    Debbie Hauter

    The same live rock an hour after the Aptaisia had been injected with lemon juice.

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    Aiptasia Anemones

    Aiptasia Anemones
    Kerry Chase

    Aiptasia Anemones really are quite beautiful. It is such a shame that they can get out of control in an aquarium and turn into a major pest.

     

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    Hawaiian Feather Duster and Aiptasia Anemones

    Aiptasia Anemones Before Treatment
    Debbie Hauter

     Here is one of our Hawaiian Feather Dusters shown with an Aiptasia Anemone of about 1-1/2 inches in height attached to the worm's tube, and one that is about 1 inch in height near the base attached to the live rock. As you can see, there is a whole crop of these buggers growing on the left side of the live rock as well, but we did not treat these at this time. This image was taken during a water change with the powerhead and Magnum 350 canister filter turned off, and BEFORE the anemones were injected using our Lemon Juice Injection Method.

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    Hawaiian Feather Duster and Aiptasia Anemones

    Aiptasia Anemones after Lemon Juise Treatment
    Debbie Hauter

    Here is the same Feather Duster shown 2 days after injecting the circled Aiptasia Anemones with lemon juice. As you can see, the only visible trace left that the anemones were even there is the small gray speck on the duster's tube. This image was taken with the powerhead and Magnum 350 canister filter running.