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Anemones, ID, Cebu 3/17/09
Can you tell me the name of this anemone? Probably family of the
Coralimorphus? This was found in Cebu/Philippines.
<I do think you are correct... though Daphne Fautin's site
(Hexacorallians of the World), states that this genus is
Thank you for answering my question.
|Re: anemones 3/17/09
Thank you Bob....at least it was the good family..there is still a
lot of research to do!
And thanks for the site.
<Thank you for sharing Tineke. BobF, who wishes he was diving in
Cebu, or to the south in Bohol>
Anemone ID: Poss. LTA: Wrong base color, habitat...
2/27/09 Could you please tell me what kind of sea
anemone this is. I purchased it about 8 months ago at a local pet
store. They called it spotted long tentacle sea anemone. <Hi
Dawn. This does indeed look like a Long Tentacle Anemone.> I
cannot find a picture to positively identify it. It seems very
happy in my tank. It has not hurt any other inhabitants of my
tank that I know of. I just want to know more about it and be
sure it will not harm anything in the future. The store I bought
it from told me it was easy to care for and was reef safe.
<You've come to the right place, you can find volumes of
information on these starting here:
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/macrodoreensis.htm and following the
links at the top of the page.> Thanks.
| Mmm, color of base? Stuck on a
Maybe Bartholomea annulata RMF
identification Attn Bob 3/1/2009 Hi Bob, <Michael>
When researching the answer (heheh, actually spent about 60 - 90
minutes on that one), I had actually considered Bartholomea
annulata. From the examples I was able to find (Google image
search is a wonderful thing), aside from the fact it was living
on a rock, rather than in the ooze, a regular LTA seemed a better
fit based upon the picture provided. (nematocyst pattern being
more ring like on the Bartholomea annulata, etc.) In the future,
If the picture is "iffy", is it better to give a
"best educated guess", or kick it back for more detail?
Enjoy your Sunday Mike <Mmm, "best" to do as you
did... give it your best shot. Cheers, BobF>
Help with my anemone
Anemone ID/Health 2/18/09
First and foremost what a wonderful site (thank you, thank you,
There is tons of stuff here that has helped me in the past. Also
thank you for taking the time to read this and help me with my
Let me start at the beginning, I have been wanting to put an
anemone in one of my tanks for some time. I started with a 29g
reef tank, and all the corals started to out grow it, so I needed
an upgrade. Well fortune smiled upon me when I had found a 125g
Marineland tank and stand for $500 brand new.
I knew it wasn't drilled, but for the price tag I
couldn't let it slip by.
Anyway, after many dollars and many months later it is starting
to take shape. As always there is much more that I can do, but
for now everything is happy and growing. Now to get to my
This last Saturday my wife and I decided to go out for dinner for
Valentine's Day. Well I happened to convinced her to head to
a pet store near by, just to peruse the saltwater tanks to see if
anything new and interesting had happened to pop in (living in
Minnesota there are not to many places that one can acquire
saltwater livestock, let alone have a vast selection). Well as I
moved toward the end of the row, I happened to see this anemone
(labeled Sebae...though I can not 100% say, because I am an
anemone noob, and perhaps this particular one has suffered enough
degradation that, for a novice like me, I couldn't attach a
label to it with out help). It was all by itself in a tank with
other inverts like snails and cleaner shrimp, only dimly lit by a
full spectrum standard fluorescent light (yes I know, these
people have no idea what they are doing, and I promptly gave them
a crash course in proper anemone care...well as much as I have
learned thus far: proper tank stability and water quality,
lighting, water flow, etc. Though I feel it has fallen on deaf
ears...because what do I know? I don't have my own fish
store...some people's mentality). I know I should have
probably avoided this particular sale, as I am new to the anemone
trade, but in good conscience I could not leave it there to die
in those miserable conditions. So I decided to take it home and
try to make it as happy as I could in my 125g.
Before my decision to purchase, I did notice there was still
purple pigment in the tips of the tentacles, so I figured there
might be a chance for this lil guy, albeit slim. I was the one
who actually removed it from the tank in the store, and I noticed
right away it had a very strong grip to the bottom of the tank.
This led to a rather lengthy extraction process, as I didn't
want to tear any of the tissue and make things worse. I thought
perhaps that there might be more hope in this case, as most
animals (as I am not an expert by any means) become very weak if
they are about to die or are in the process of dying. As an
anemone tends to disintegrate, I figured a strong foot is a good
thing to start with.
<A good sign, yes.>
After a long acclimation period (about 3 hrs) I let him float to
the bottom and see what happened. Immediately he started to
cruise around the rocks and substrate, looking, for what I
imagine, would be a perfect perch. After he attached to a piece
of live rock at the bottom of the tank, I tried to target feed
him mysis shrimp (though I figured it would not be possible due
to his previous conditions and just being introduced to a new
system, stress and all that, but I though I would try) and of
course he didn't take anything. I gave him a couple days to
rest and make a new home before I tried to feed him, and see if
he still had the amount of strength he had in the store. I was
pleasantly surprised, he was quite fastened to the rock. I also
noticed he was rather quick to react to my movements near him,
snapping closed when I touched or got too close, much more so
than in the store, which I also took as a good sign. Now he is
readily eating when I target feed, so I am taking that as a good
sign as well.
I have also noticed at night under the lunar lights he will fully
expand giving him a rough circumference of 5", and during
the day, it's more like 3" (4x 39w T5 lighting). Could
this be a response to feeding and that perhaps he was eating some
of the inverts in the tank, and they tend to move more at
<Once they find a spot to their liking, they will usually stay
put unless something changes in the system.>
If so I guess I will have to train him to feed during the day,
much like my brain coral, so I can enjoy seeing him fully
expanded when I am actually awake.
Any way, on to my most pressing questions:
1. Is this really a Sebae? The tentacles look a bit off from what
I have seen in a Sebae bleached or not. From what I have seen,
they are very similar to torch coral tentacles, though I am
thinking perhaps it could be a Sebae, and he is just deflated due
to his poor health at the moment.
Either way it would be nice to have a positive ID.
<Sure looks like a Sebae (Heteractis malu) to me.)
<<?! Is a Sebae, H. crispa... Badly bleached...
2. Given the attached images* and what I have observed so far (in
the 4 days I have had him) do you think he has a chance of
survival, or should I cut my losses now (which I would hate to
do, but who am I to question the gurus)?
<Your lighting is not intense enough for keeping a
3. Is there anything else I can do I am missing? I plan on
picking up some Selcon as I am going to start giving more vitamin
enriched food to my live stock anyway, since I will soon be
making my own food using Robert Fenner's formula from his
book: The Conscientious Marine Aquarist.
For the time being I am just going to leave him to his own vices,
and continue to target feed every other day, unless you think it
might be overkill, or unhealthy.
<Justin, these anemones are difficult to keep for any length
of time, even under ideal conditions. This animal will die in
your tank and will cause problems if gone unnoticed. Do read here
and related articles/FAQ's.
Sorry for this being long winded, I just wanted to give you as
many details as I can in the hopes it would help. I didn't
want to make this a "What is wrong with my anemone? Pic
included" mail where there no details, just a question.
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
*Anemone 1.jpg is the full anemone, trying to capture the look of
the tentacles. Anemone 2.jpg you can see how translucent he
really is, since you can almost see the rock behind him.
Re: Help With My Anemone, ID f',
now sys. 2/19/09
Thanks for the information, and the reply.
<You're welcome, and I wish you would have replied with
the original thread. We answer several queries daily and it can
be difficult to remember who's who and who's
I had one really quick question - no need to post on the
site...unless of course that is the protocol you follow =).
So even with individually reflected T5 lighting, using an Icecap
660 ballast, and the Sebae situated right about 7" or so
from the surface (he moved), am I still under powered with
<They do require a high lighting level, and by high, I'm
talking halides in the 250-400 watt range.>
I guess I should have went into more detail on my lighting, sorry
about that, I had just gotten home from a 12hr
shift, and forgot to add those details.
<You should have did that before you bought the anemone. Your
anemone is badly bleached and very likely won't be around for
As I don't have a PAR meter, I can't give out any
numbers, but I was only thinking that in this situation, I may
not need MH/HQI. If I am still under I apologize, I guess I will
admit my wrong doing, and make sure to not over estimate my
<Mmm, is always better to put the horse in front of the
Thank you =)
On a side note, is it normal for them to avoid flow? He seems to
be positioning himself in a more stagnant part of the tank, which
I found odd, from what I have been reading.
<They prefer moderate water flow.>
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
|Anemone identification 2/14/09
Any idea what genus/species this anemone is? It showed up in some
live rock after about 6 months in my tank (that I could see
anyway). Thanks for all you guys do!!!!
<Mmm, an Aiptasiid... a Glass Anemone... Read here re:
and the linked files above... BobF>
Daily Questions, Anem./Scler. ID --
I was reading the daily questions today and wanted to offer my
thoughts on one of the ID requests. In "Anemone
identification 2/14/09", Bob suggested that the creature in
the picture was a glass anemone. I don't think so--I
think it's a non-photosynthetic stony coral that comes on a
lot of live rock, like the one featured at the top of this
<Thank you for your input Andy. Will accrue. BobF>
Anemone ID 2/5/09 Hi WWM Crew! <Hello
Jessica> I've used your site many times to answer many of
my questions, but have stumbled across an ID I couldn't make
without writing in. I posted the pic on our reef club boards,
Googled, and asked a LFS. So, now I get to bother you guys! Yay!
This appears to be an anemone. It of course came in on live rock.
It's diameter is about the size of a quarter. I haven't
seen any pictures like it. It's tentacles actually look very
similar to my pink cucumber, but clear. It even feeds the same
way, inserting one tentacle at a time into it's mouth. It
doesn't move from it's spot. Any idea what particular
type this is? <Too small a pic to even see. Is only 4 to 5kb
in size. Resize to 200-300kb and resend.> Pictures attached!
Thanks for all that you do! <You're welcome. James (Salty
Re Anemone ID 2/5/09 I got overzealous in my
cropping. Perhaps this is better? <Is better size wise, but
too blurry for me to take a stab at identifying it. Bob may be
able to. If it's not posted on the daily FAQ's tomorrow,
then I'll get back with you. James (Salty Dog)>
<<Does appear to be an Actinarian... Please see/read here:
Re: Anemone ID 2/5/09 Query 2/6/09
Hi Bob and James,
I was just going over the dailies and noticed the "Anemone
ID 2/5/09"query. What's shown in the photo is the
feeding apparatus of a rock dwelling cuke/dendrochirote
holothuroid. There's an excellent photo at the following link
and a corresponding query titled "Anemone-Like Creature ID:
Rock-Dwelling Cucumber -- 10/21/08" with other links
included: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/NonVertID41.htm .
Hope that helps. The first time I saw one of those in my tank, I
thought I had a tiny hitchhiking basket star! I didn't
realize there was a cucumber attached. What's really neat
though, is watching them feed. Each tentacle works independently.
Once a passing bit of food is caught, it curls in on itself,
brings the food into the mouth, then unfurls back into position.
Very neat indeed!
Take care and have a great weekend,
<Thank you "eagle eye Lynn". BobF>
Re: Anemone ID 2/5/09 Query 2/6/09
Heheee! If I really had a good eagle eye, I'd have figured
out what the thing was that looked like part anemone, part cuke!
I looked at the photos yesterday when the query came in and
decided...yep, that one's for Bob! I'm so nice,
aren't I! To me, it looked like a cuke and an anemone got
together and had one heck of an ugly kid!
Take care and have a great weekend,
<I'm leaving for Lost Wages, uhhhhuuuuhhhh uhhuh.... To
give a pitch. BobF>
Lucky you! It should be nice there this time of year - have
<Thanks hon. Take care! B>
Re: More: re: Anemone ID 2/6/09
Thank you Bob, and I understand you are a celebrity now from what
I've been reading.
How is your singing talent? May be much more money to be
<Both about zip! BobF>