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New? BTA varieties?     5/12/18
It's the new variety of rare bubble tip anemones like Inferno, Flame, Sunburst, Lemon drop, Rainbow. Where were these pretty color strains earlier and how did they come about all of a sudden, is my question. Could you throw some light in this regard?
<Strange... after decades in the trade, I never heard these names applied to Entacmaea...
Looked on the Net, and do see such...
Know nothing regarding; have never encountered in the wild; though other bizarrely colored specimens that I make out as BTAs.
See here on WWM:
I say "let the buyer beware". Bob Fenner>
Re: Unusual BTAs/names      5/14/18

Thank you Mr. Fenner.
<Welcome Anupam>
Request for an article. Re "exotic" BTAs      5/15/18

Hearty greetings.
This is a request from just one amongst all the earthlings for an article by the Veteran if & when he is pleased, to solve the eye boggling mystery for the simple minded laymen behind the unrealistically eye candy avatars of the much favoured Cnidarian (E. quadricolor) emanating seemingly from some sorcery or discovery of some sort.
The following link shows one such specimen-
<Hey Anupam. If you're hinting that you'd like to see me/someone here on WWM pen such, it won't be me. (Again) I don't know the origin of these Entacmaea, but I fully suspect they're man-made (not natural)... Have seen comments re "Rainbow" et al. Anemones since 2007 or so... "From China?"
Until I see these "varieties" underwater myself or see reports by credible people re...
Bob Fenner>
Re: Request for an article.   5/16/18

Thank you again.
<Thank you Anupam. B>

Majano?      4/28/18
Hi! I purchased some Zoanthids from a friend who was dismantling and were impressed how healthy they had become. After feeling them I wondered if these are the Majano Anemone.
<Appear to be; yes. Please read here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/anemoniafaqs.htm
and the linked Anemonia FAQs files above>
They are confined to their original rock at the moment and don’t appear to be hurting my bubble or Xenia. Should I get them out of there?
<Mmm; if they were mine; I'd leave as is. Unless they become too numerous, I find these animals to be beautiful; good to keep>
I appreciate your site so much. I’ve not found a better site for FAQ
<Thank you for sharing. Bob Fenner>

Anemone ID question      4/16/18
<Greetings Frank>
I came across this rainbow anemone
<Umm; not rainbow naturally. This specimen has been artificially dyed. Do NOT buy it. DO read here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/coloredanemones.htm
from a vendor and I’m not convinced they know what they are selling. They list it is as a Thalassianthus type anemone, but it kind of looks like a hell fire a little.
<Could be the former genus... the latter is just a common name that I've seen applied to quite a few species.>
Do you know what species this is and how big they get. This is about 3” and do you know if they are a fast grower? I do have various anemones (tube, rbta,2 rock, mini carpet) with fish and my fish are pretty good avoiding these without touching them outside my trio of clownfish in the rbta. Will this be a big risk for my fish since I had 0 causalities for years in an established 54 gallon tank?
<I would NOT mix this animal in with what you have. Again, I would NOT buy it period, as it has been artifically colored and is not at all likely to live; being bereft of endo-symbiotic algae>
Thank you for your help as always!
<Thank you for sharing. Bob Fenner>

Re: Anemone ID question      4/17/18
Hi Bob,
I just got off the phone with the vendor who hand picked this in Indonesia (<Omitted> please do not post his name thank you). He mentioned that he does not believed this was dyed and its the first time he came across this type of anemone.
<... I have never encountered such a naturally colored anemone as this. Am close to total confidence that it is dyed>
He said he had no issues with this place and he had been going to this place for years to hand pick. He mentioned it being as close to a bubble tip anemone potency vs. a carpet. I have seen dyed long tentacle anemones and leathers in the past. Usually its 1 color and nothing like this.
<Yes; agreed... or two, three colors... side to side, top to bottom... >
Also, he had a few different ones with green and yellow, but this was the only rainbow one. I'm stumped because it is an anemone that he reached out to various sources and could not identify. Enclosed is a pic that he just sent me. The red in it is not as intense. Thank you again.
<Dyed mate; and dangerous to put in your system. You may end up losing all... One last time, I would not buy this animal. BobF>

Re: Anemone ID question      4/17/18
Thank your advice. You just saved me a 1000.
Did you find it strange that the colors are different from the original.
<I don't find it unusual at all; red does fade more quickly; and take a close look around the mouth... colorless, and the various parts of the capitulum... Inconsistent; painted w/ a brush to dye it.

He said he had it about a month.
<Is the biz still owned by the original fellow; the <Omitted>? Unusual for him if so to make such a purchase, mistake. Bob Fenner>
Re: Anemone ID question      4/17/18

I believe so. I spoke to him directly. <Omitted>.
<Real good. Will not reveal his identity. B>

Anemone identification   3/21/18
Hello crew, I am hoping you can assist me in identifying 2 recent hitchhiker anemones I have received this past week. Both came on Zoa/Paly colonies/frags but from 2 very different sources.
As you can see both are small (for the moment at least), very similar in size to a Zoanthid. Both are green.
Anemone 1 has these striking green spots on it's 'stalk', and has actually moved a great deal since being added.
Anemone 2 (there are actually 3 of them on the same frag) has not moved at all. Someone has suggested to me anemone 2 may be a young Epycistis crucifer but I also wouldn't be surprised if it is something more 'pesty'.
Both are very aggressive eaters, but don't seem to have much of a harmful sting.
Either way I rather like them, I am mostly interested on your opinion of whether either is going to pose any problems for me in the future.
<The first... I swear I've seen something like this... w/ the spots of  different color on the pedicle; but don't see in my ref.s here. Have you gone through the many Anemone ID FAQs on WWM? The second, due to the relegation of tentacles to the edge, striations from the mouth, am thinking is another Zoanthid. Bob Fenner>

Re: Anemone identification     3/22/18
Thanks. I have started going through all the anemone id pages on WWM but haven't gotten through them all yet Haha
I did see one photo that looked like 'anemone 2' but couldn't find the enquiry that went along with it.
If I find anything I will let you know
<Thank you Nicole. BobF, injured>
Re: Anemone identification     3/22/18

Bob, I looked through all 40 some odd pages of anemone ID on WWM and did not find an answer.
<Ah; me neither>
I did see some very similar ones to anemone 2, most being called majano by your team, but I'm not convinced.
<Agreed; similar, but not the same>
Either way I believe it will likely become invasive so I will keep an eye on it.
As for anemone 1, nothing came up in the ID pages. I did post it to a couple saltwater Facebook groups and someone suggested Anthopleura xanthogrammica.
<Nah; we have this species and A. elegantissima off the (Calif.) coast; I did a histological study of the latter in college; and always look for the "Giant Green Anemone" when I am up the coast (gets much larger northward)>
After some further reading and research I think it is very likely to be an Anthopleura but I am more leaning toward Anthopleura sola.
What do you think?
<Lo dudo; this may well be an Actiniid, but A. sola is a coldwater animal found in about the same range as the other two congeners mentioned here; Baja Ca. and points northwest... It's a coldwater organism. Don't see how
it would find its way onto a tropical Zoanthid colony rock. Bob Fenner>

Re: Anemone identification     3/23/18
Ah ok, I guess it rules that out!
Maybe as the anemone gets bigger (if it gets bigger!) I will get a better idea of an ID by it's size and reproductive/colonizing behaviour.
<Let's hope so. I really like these mysteries. Cheers, BobF>
Re: Anemone identification     3/23/18

I forgot, I also wanted to share one more photo with you that I took last night. Since posting this photo on Facebook for ID purposes I have had 5 or 6 offers to purchase it! Haha.
<Heeeee! Again; I have seen this animal... Ugh. W/ the green spots on the pedicle. Am on pain med.s and feel like my mind should be like this when I'm like 99! B>

Re: Anemone identification     3/23/18
Sorry to hear that! Maybe it will come to you when you recover!
<Heeeee! You're bringing to mind my condition when imbibing and not. With alcohol I have a somewhat differing set of recall...! B>

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