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Carpet Anemone

 
The Caribbean Carpet Anemone has slightly larger tentacles and more muted coloration than its Pacific cousin. It has a stronger sting as well, making it incompatable with anemonefishes. This variety enjoys strong water...


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Wonderful specimen, not very every tank, and only for advanced aquarists featured

Comments There are several different species called "Carpet Anemone" and sometimes use of a common name like "Caribbean" can be confusing. The Saddle Carpet anemone, and the Giant Carpet anemone, are not the same species and do behave differently.

This review is for Stichodactyla helianthus which is a species of carpet anemone that comes from the Atlantic ocean and is commonly sold as the Caribbean Anemone. As such, it does not host clown fish in the wild. I have found that orange skunk clown fish (Amphiprion akallopisos) will do so in captivity. This clown seems to be able to tolerate a more powerful sting. In the wild they host several types of crabs and shrimp. Rather than trying a clown fish with them, I suggest anemone shrimp. This grows large enough to host a little colony of them.

Even though they have Zooxanthellae the Caribbean Carpet anemone still needs to be fed. They take a variety of meaty foods, fresh or thawed frozen foods work great. I have found particular success feeding silversides to my anemone. I feed my Carpet every day. Different anemone have different feeding requirements so don't get confused with feeding advice for a different anemone, some eat everyday, some once a week. Carpet anemone can eat large fish. Their mouths open wider than you would ever expect. However, I do not feed mine large fish, or large amounts. I have found the more I feed it the quicker it grows. They can get a food across so to slow this I manage food. Their sting is one of the most powerful you will encounter so they may very well eat your fish if they get caught. I have found most fish stay away naturally, however, if you have aggressive or semi-aggressive fish they may chase other fish into this trap.

I have also found that my Carpet does the best when the water is kept at 80 degrees with very little fluctuation. I started doing this when I read a paper on anemone that stated they had trouble metabolizing food at lower temperatures. Since I have been keeping the tank at 80 degrees I have had a much healthier anemone.

In the wild this anemone lives in shallow waters so in your tank it will require bright lighting (T5HO or Metal Halide of sufficient wattage for your tank's depth). They also live in the sand and need room to spread out. As mentioned above they get 12" across so a wide tank with deep sand is a must for full health and long life. As for current, they do not like high water flow. A moderate wave-action is best. Keeping one in a tank that has a well set Vortech would be prime.

NOTE: as with all anemone this requires a mature tank (usually 1 year old) for proper health and long term success.


Liked about it 1. Readily takes a variety of frozen food so live isn't usually required.
2. Does not move around as much as some other anemone species.
3. Large size is attractive.
4. Provides a good host for several species of consensual crabs and shrimp.


Didn't like 1. All anemone are difficult to keep. Your new friend may not make it long if all conditions aren't met.
2. May sting and kill other corals and can catch and consume small fish.
3. Can grow quite large.
4. This is not the easiest anemone to keep. Meaning just because you have been successful with other anemone, you may not find success here.


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5.0

By tcamos
Sep 21, 2010
 
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Love Anemones...But variations in aparently the same species

Comments I have 2 carpets of the Haddoni variety. I call one the "EVIL One". It will not host anything unless the Clown is quite large and can "ManHandle" it. It has eaten several ocellaris in the past. I finally put in 2 larger Clark's and they were able to dominate the carpet. My other carpet seem quite happy to host smaller ocellaris. He will only eat frozen meats wereas the other will eat anything it can get its "hands" on. Be careful when adding carpets that you get the carpet you want. If hosting anemonefish is what you want don't wait too long to return the carpet if the fish won't go to it...They know what they like.


Liked about it 1. Big and beautiful
2. Not too hard to care for
3. relatively stationary...if lighting is right.


Didn't like 1. IT CAN EAT YOUR FISH!!! or should I say your money?
2. will sting corals
3. Can occupy alot of room if you don't have a good size tank


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3.5

By mik1
Jan 18, 2011
 
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just BEAUTIFUL!!

Comments This is another invert that is for an established aquarium. the carpet anemone needs stable water conditions and MH lighting to stay healthy. they like lower levels of flow and will move to find a spot they like. I suggest turning off your powerheads for initial placement and giving the anemone time to put his foot down. this will allow for less chances of it getting hurt and cause less stress for the anemone. We feed ours a freeze dried shrimp each week and it is very happy. Very fun to have a clown host to them, but beautiful addition to a tank even without a clown. we have had no problem keeping it in our reef tank because the anemone has not moved, but it could sting corals if too close to eachother.


Liked about it Great color!
fun to watch
like that our clown hosted it
easy to keep with an established tank


Didn't like reef safe with caution. be prepared to move corals out of the way if the anemone decides to move.


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By andbob25
Apr 17, 2010
 
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Hardy & Hungry

Comments My carpet has been a great addition to my tank. This was on my list of 5 animal i must have in my tank...Do not be fooled, this will eat ANYTHING that comes in contact with it. Fish, snails, crabs it is all potential food for this animal. You would be ill advised to put it in the tank along with a very expensive fish, hard to reaplce fish or fish that has sentimental value. All of my fish have kept away from it, including my clowns...i have seen it eat a blue legged hermit, nassarius snail and caught ahold of a shrimp as well...easy to care for, i feed mine 2-3 times a week with silversides that i thaw in saltwater from the tank before feeding, always wear gloves, this anemone will grab you with VERY sticky tentacles that are difficult to release


Liked about it truly a predator in the tank, mother nature at its most natural, beautiful color, entertaining to feed


Didn't like always grabs a hold of my gloves when i'm working in the tank, loss of invertebrates


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5.0
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5.0

By Salty O'Shen
Oct 03, 2009
 
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Good Anemone with caution

Comments The carpet anemone (Stichodactyla sp.) can be a very beautiful addition to any reef aquarium ... with caution. These anemones can grow very large and can have a very significant sting when touched. They have been known to be voracious consumers of other fish in a captive system. Thus, if you have a population of fish in your tank be warned that size doesn't always matter. Meaning that just because a fish is larger, the anemone won't be able to consume it, or injure it in the process of trying to catch and consume it. As with any other anemone care and system requirements are key. If you do plan to keep a carpet anemone, make sure you do your research and provide for the animals needs so it may not just survive ... but thrive.



Liked about it Awesome coloration available
Fairly easy care in systems setup to meet their needs.


Didn't like Can easily wipe out your tanks fish population if not fed regularly and therefore hungry (even feeding it regularly is not a 100% guarantee against this)
Can grow very large.
Can be difficult and painful to remove from your system.


Overall rating:
 
3.0
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3.0
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3.0

By drdude05
Jul 24, 2009
 
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Very nice anemone but can cost you alot in fish...

Comments As with all my anemones I really loved these and they were by far my favorite. The only problem is they can get very large and consume any fish that gets too close.

They prefer living in the sand so would not suggest putting one in a bare bottom tank.
They also should only be kept in Mature well lit tank with at least Halide or T5 lighting.

Extremely fun to watch a clown swim in but these are not my favorite. The tentacles are pretty short and stubby and the anemone just does not see to flow like the LTA and BTA.


Liked about it Colors are awesome
Fun to watch a clown hosting


Didn't like Eats anything that gets too close.


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3.5
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2.0

By ckusnierek
Jul 14, 2009
 
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Beautiful animal...

General Beautiful animals, but should be added with caution.


Liked about it Beautiful animals, incredible to watch them feed, fairly low maintenance.


Didn't like Can easily kill fish in their territory, they pack a visciuos sting.


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2.0

By Big D
Jul 16, 2009
 
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