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Help with an anemone. ID, BTA or Anemonia?        6/19/15
Hello. I left my LFS today after purchasing an anemone they assured me was NOT a Majano after I told them I was concerned that it looked a bit like a Majano. He convinced me that it was a bubble tip,
<Might well be; though very small presently>
I brought it home, but before I stick it in my DT tank, I wanted to research it myself and try to identify it. I have had no luck. There is only one anemone in all of Google images right now which resembles mine and I found it on your website. It is this:
The person questioned what it was and the answer was not definitive here either. My question is, if you ever heard back from this person confirming bta or Majano? It is listed on your anemone identifying question page on this website. Here is my anemone:
As you can see, the distinguishing patterns on the face are identical and both have the bubble tips. Neither have the identifying five or six white lines around the mouth that are common with bubble tip anemones and they don't quite match any of the Majanos I have seen either except for the fewer tentacles and more visible open face. They are very confusing. Are they perhaps a different species than either? Any help you can give would be just brilliant. Thanks so much!
Trisha
<I urge patience here. In time it will be obvious what this is; in the meanwhile, enjoy it. Bob Fenner>

Re: Help with an anemone; ID       7/7/15
My anemone has been confirmed a bubble tip, although the professional I spoke to guessed it is possibly a very similar and related breed instead. I figured I'd let you know in case anyone else has a similar question.
<Thank you, BobF>

Actinarian ID from pix       4/25/14
Hi, talked with Penny @ AquaCorals of Maine today and e-mailed a picture to identify my anemones and she gave me your web site. Can you guys tell me what they are ? They don't seem to bother anything in my 220 reef tank and probably once a year they split. Eventually 1 will disappear but I end up with 2 at all times. Thanks Gene
<Almost assuredly Entacmaea quadricolor, BTAs. See WWM re. Bob Fenner>

anemone and polyps... Entacmaea ID, disappearing Polyps     3/23/12
Hello WetWebMedia I ordered a green bubble tip anemone and candy apple polyps they are doing great but my anemone looks like it has a lot of red in color and only a little green. Is there any chance it could be a rose bubble tip anemone?<Possibly. There is a tremendous amount of variability in color with E. quadricolor even within the same animal.  In addition,
your specific lighting, water parameters, etc can all affect the color over time.  If it is healthy, I would not be concerned, just enjoy it ;)> My other question was that my polyps arrived great there was only 4 polyp heads but 2 of them disappeared! Now there is a tiny head, and another head that looks like it has its head in a bubble. I think my yellow tang may have eaten the\the other two. <possible> Do you think they will repopulate and start to make a colony? <If your water parameters, lighting, etc are all appropriate, there is no reason they would not.  Observe its progress>I was able to surround it by live rocks. It has great flow and light. I am feeding it perfectly and all. I am just hoping the polyps will make
it. Thank you <You are welcome, Bobby>

Anemone ID question (with pic) 1/19/12
Hi there!
I've enjoyed browsing your site, I've always found great information! I have a question for you regarding a mystery anemone I acquired yesterday. I was in a local fish store and saw what I though was a purple Ricordea mushroom,
<Mmm, no>
until looking closely... I asked the man who worked there and he didn't seem to know what it was (it was in a harlequin shrimp tank, towards the top attached to the glass in the back) the man said it must be a small bubble tip anemone,
<I do think he's right... from the shape of the animal, its tentacles, wrapping about the rock... Entacmaea quadricolor>
and said if I want it I can have it for $15. I inspected the foot (intact) and the mouth (closed tightly) the color is beautiful, brown foot and tentacles, fading into a bright purple/lavender at the tips. I took it home and after looking online cannot find anything regarding "purple" bubble tips.
<Oh! The species occurs in many colour variations>
The anemone is small, maybe 3 inches across.
<Yes; "it has shrunk"... from a lack of food, inauspicious circumstances likely... Can/will come back w/ good care>
It seems to be doing well so far, but it is a mystery. I have no idea exactly what species this is.. Can you help? Thank you so much!!
Leah
<Please read here:
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marine/inverts/cnidaria/anthozoa/bubbletipanemones.htm
and the linked files above. Bob Fenner>

Anemone ID pic 4 1/21/12
Just a few more pictures so you can get a good view...
<Thanks. B>
Leah

Anemone id 10/30/11
Hello,
<Hi Rob>
I purchased this "anemone" at my lfs. I was told out is a bubble tip anemone. However I have not been able to find a bta that looks anything like this. Can you tell me if this is the case?
<Could be an Entacmaea... Please see here: http://wetwebmedia.com/btaidfaqs.htm
Thanks
Rob
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>

Re: Anemone id 10/30/11
Thanks bob. You say it could be however I guess my concern was did I receive what I was told the specimen was? I was worried out could be a majano our other nuisance anemone.
<Could be Anemonia as you state... but let's let it grow and see. Cheers, BobF>

Anemone ID 2/5/11
Hello,
My LFS has this specimen in stock. It looks like two different anemones, but it is one large one. The owner said it is an Australian Bubble Tip Anemone and is asking for $300 for the anemone and rock.
<Yikes, pricey>
The cell phone pic isn't that good, but it is a very vibrant orange.
Beautiful. I've Googled Australian Anemone, and I haven't found anything that looks similar. Is this really an Australian Bubble Tip and is $300 reasonable for this specimen in Michigan? RBTA usually go for $80 to $160 at the stores.
Thanks,
Casey
<Is very likely Entacmaea quadricolor... but does seem expensive to me. Bob Fenner>

ID help -- 12/08/10
Season's Greetings, Crew.
<Dan>
Would you mind taking a look at these two little beasts?
<Not a'tall>
The anemone in the 2d photo was listed as a BTA, but I have suspicions that my LFS is a little loose with their IDs. I have looked in your ID section, but they all start to look alike after a few hours. What do you think? I have never seen the tips bubble up, even though it has grown steadily in the 3 months I have had it. I feed it krill (~ 1.5") soaked in Selcon, and the Maroons never leave it. Just wish I knew for certain what it was.
<Mmm, most likely is Entacmaea... doesn't have to be "so bubbly", and can/will likely change w/ time... And the fact that your Premnas as so enamored of it...>
The coral looks to me to be a Montipora variety, but it has larger polyps on it, and appears to have most of them on/near its edges. I have a beautiful purple/green M. capricornis on the other end of the tank, but it obviously does not have this polyp configuration. Can you point me in the right direction please?
<This is a Dendrophylliid... a Turbinaria species, likely T. reniformis>
By the way, thanks for the recent assist with an H. rigida ID. I purchased it, and it is now looking great, eating, and (to the best of my knowledge) thriving on top of my reef stack under the 10K HQI.
All the best,
Dan
<And to you, Bob Fenner>

Anemone, ID... sys. 7/3/10
Good afternoon,
<Mmm, yes>
I ordered an RBTA last week and it finally arrived yesterday. I acclimated it slowly so I wouldn't shock it. First off, I would like to know if I actually got an E. Quadricolor.
<Appears to be>
The anemone is currently housed in a 14 gallon biocube
<Too small to be stable...>
that has been running
for approximately a year and a half. The return pump has been upgraded to a MJ1200 and I also have a K-Nano for flow. I have a JBJ K2 Viper 150 watt metal halide for lighting. I run a big media bag of carbon in the middle chamber that I change every two weeks and I do a ~4 gallon water change every 1-2 weeks.
Is there anything else I could do to better suite <suit> the anemone?
<A larger system...>
I was thinking another powerhead or upgrading the existing one. (The powerheads are anemone-proof, BTW.)
<Good>
I was thinking I should hold back on target feeding for a few days until it inflated for the first time.
<Also commendable>
Thanks,
Jake
<Please read here:
http://wetwebmedia.com/marine/inverts/cnidaria/anthozoa/bubbletipanemones.htm
and the linked files above. Bob Fenner>

Rumor about green BTA's, ID 2/11/08 Hello, <Hi there!> I heard somewhere that green BTA's (Bubble-Tip Anemones) are found in lower depths, can grow to be twice the diameter of other BTA's, and reproduce a lot less often. Is this just a rumour or is there any truth to this? I really like the look of GBTA's, but if they get that much bigger, I might consider buying a Rose. TIA, Random Aquarist <There seems to be 2 forms of E. quadricolor (BTA); a smaller colonial form that it more likely to experience lateral fission (splitting), and a solitary larger form. However, I wouldn't let colour be an indicator of the disposition of an anemone. I have seen green E. quadricolor that have split, as well as "roses" that have grew to larger sizes. The indicated max size for E quadricolor is around 400mm, so would suggest if you want to keep an anemone of this type, you allow for that size, even if you choose to go for a "splitter" (just in case it decides not to!). Mike I>

Anemone ID, E. Quadricolor, Bubble Tip Anemone, BTA - 1/02/08 Dear Folks, <Hello Renee, Brenda here> Thank you, ahead of time for your advice and expertise. <You're welcome!> I have looked around the entire site, and throughout all the areas and I don't see my anemone anywhere. I got these from a pet store I frequent. It has taken me 4 months to buy them, because they will never let go of the rocks they are on, and finally, I got a big man to break the rock so I could afford to get them...and the rock broke, one fell loose and is now in one of my rocks re-homing himself (unharmed of course, thank goodness) and the other is on its rock enjoying its new home. The salesperson, by the time I got them (so many months later) said he doesn't recall what they are, but they were false rose something, or anyway...I have no clue. I don't see any red rose colors anywhere. Does anyone have a clue what kind of anemone I have here? <They are E. Quadricolor. They are commonly referred to as Bubble Tip Anemones or BTA.> The second one is hiding in her rock, but will come out eventually. The first one to settle I didn't remove from a rock. Instead, I just bought the whole rock. <Good!> I didn't want to risk a broken foot. <Torn. There are no bones in anemones to break.> Had that happen once...ewwwww so sad and traumatic to see it suffer and then die. <A torn foot is not usually deadly in many species of anemones. There may have been more variables involved in the anemones death.> Well, if anyone can identify these, please let me know. One already ate, as you can see, he had Krill for dinner. This is 2 days in a row and tonight he had 2 krill. The other is still hanging onto hers and hasn't let go, and it's sitting just inside her hole. She intends to eat it later probably, as she already ate last night. <This is way too much food for anemones. They do not need to eat every day. Every 2 - 3 days is more than enough for a healthy anemone. I don't recommend food bigger than the anemones mouth. Over feeding will cause the anemone to expel the food later as it is unable to digest. This will ultimately end up causing the anemone to get nothing to eat.> Are they both the same type? Or different and can you tell me what they are? <They are the same, possible even clones. More information on anemones found here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marine/inverts/cnidaria/anthozoa/anemones.htm > I thank all of you in advance. Renee <You're welcome! Brenda><<... this looks more like Heteractis crispa to RMF>>

Re: Anemone ID, E. Quadricolor, Bubble Tip Anemone, BTA - 1/02/08 Hello Brenda, <Hello Renee!> I wanted to thank you. <You are very welcome!> I originally (3 months ago) thought they were BTAs also, however when they turned so brown, I thought perhaps they were Condys. <What color were they when you got them? Any pictures?> My Condys are brownish and my curlyques turned brown. <I don't recommend keeping different species of anemones together. What size tank are you keeping them in? What are your water parameters?> I wanted to let you know that on the second page of the link you sent me below Pt. 2, at the end are some links and one is not working. :) Just a website heads up. <Yes, I see that! Note to Bob: Under Bibliography/Further Reading, the first two links are not working. See here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/anempt2.htm > Thanks so much for the ID. Renee <You're welcome and thank you for the heads up! Brenda>

Re: Anemone ID, E. Quadricolor, Bubble Tip Anemone, BTA - 1/03/08 Hello Brenda, <Hello Renee!> My answers are in between your questions in bold. <The bold did not show up when I received this. I will clean up and delete our previous discussions so that we don't duplicate information.> They looked peach colored and had different shaped tentacles. I originally thought Bubble tips, that were orangish peach in color and they were not round, and they weren't pointy like now either. They were flatter on the end and kind of roundish in some areas and extended in others. <The E. Quadricolor is known to change the shape of its tentacles.> My parameters are 8.3 ph, and everything is at zero, and if it goes up more than 2 notches, I bring it back down, but to be honest it runs really smooth and I don't get a lot of spikes, which I attribute to so much live rock/coral that it filters it before the system gets to it, clear filtration and skim the heck out of it. <What is your temperature, salinity, alkalinity, calcium and magnesium?> I am using 2 sets of compact fluorescent lights, 96 watts each, totaling 4 bulbs, 2 actinic 10000k, 2 blue 6500k in a 75 gallon Tru Vu aquarium with built in overflow, 2 powerheads, <I don't recommend the use of powerheads with anemones. If you must use, be sure the intakes are covered to protect the anemone.> a UV filter/removable and not always in the tank, Aquamedics UV filter, Prefilter (home-built, to the hilt, very good pre-skim), and a skimmer, TruFlo wet/dry and I only have a few fish, and about 100 lbs of rock and 3" of sand (picking up 70 more lbs of rock tomorrow from a friend). My fish are only 6 damsels, one wrasse, one snowflake eel, one yellow tang and a Lawnmower Blenny. I have hermits, snails, etc. I feed krill, silversides, flaked food, Mysis shrimp, algae cubes and dried algae and I am also bringing in fresh cultured algae, phytoplankton, zooplankton as well as trace elements. I put Iodine in monthly. <Are you testing before you dose? If not, I would stop dosing immediately.> I change 20 gallons every few months. <I recommend about 10% weekly.> I add the Trace Elements by Kent. Anemone in that aquarium consist of (the aquarium is halved by the overflow chamber) 2 Condy Haitians on one side, and 2 curlicues I have had for a long time live on the top near the top of the tank (about 2' away from any other anemone up high in a coral fitted to the side chamber, and the ones I wanted to have identified are in the rocks to the right side, below). Nobody touches anyone else, nor are they near each other. However I am up for your expertise if I have made a mistake housing these together. <Anemones do not do well long term (sometimes even short term) when housed with mixed species. To mix anemones long term you would need a system of a few hundred gallons or more, even then there is no guarantee.> The curlicues are very small and they have been pets nearly a year and are way up high in their own colony...they arrived see through and turned dark brown also, <It sounds like they had expelled their zooxanthellae, and have since recovered.> The Condys are brownish, with long pink tips and about 8" long each. <This sounds normal.> The new anemone I sent pics in of is about 3" long each, very small...probably a clone off of one anemone of the same kind). The anemone I just purchased have been housed in a pet store environment with a hanging halide light, approximately 3' above the aquarium, which has shallow water, great flow and a major skimmer. I am hopeful to keep the same luck with these as I've had with Condys and the curlicues. <Unfortunately, I do not see this happening long term. I suspect you will have issues with the E. Quadricolor first.> Whew what a long paragraph. I am waiting the response anxiously. Thanks again! :)
Renee
<You're welcome! Brenda>

I am looking for the true identity of this anemone!- 7/10/07 <Hi Darren> I purchased this anemone about three months ago. The fish store told me it was a Rose Bubble Tip that actually spawned in their coral tank? As it has been growing I am doubting that it is a RBTA, can someone please identify it for me? <I.D.~ Entacmaea quadricolor, Rose bubble tip anemone> It was smaller than a Quarter when I got it and it has tripled in size. I think I was overfeeding the first two months? After reading around WWM I cut the feeding from every two to three days to once a week. I have been feeding it mini Mysis. As I said the anemone has grown but I do have a concern about the tips. Some of the tentacles are twisted at the ends and are not fully extended? <E. quadricolor doesn't always possess bubble tips on their tentacles. The reason for this is not known but things from flow to lighting to nutrient levels have been suspected. The lack of bubble tips has no effect on the health of the animal. Many people have purchased RBTA's with excellent bubble tips and then a month later the tentacles resemble yours.> It seems to like to keep the tentacles to the side and stick it's body out. Is this normal behavior. The anemone took hold the rock where I placed him and has not moved since. He is about 12" from the lights, two 39 watt T5 and 3 70W MH on a 45 gallon tank. <your anemone "planted" it's foot and it has chosen a place in your tank where it appreciates the flow and light. This is a sign of a happy anemone. The puffy body is usually associated with high light levels. If it begins to lose color and become translucent then it has too much light and is bleaching. Please keep an eye out for that type of problem, otherwise I saw a healthy anemone. Bubble tips come with a greenish body and reddish tips. These are referred to as Bubble Tip Anemones. When the complete anemone lacks green pigments and is all red it is referred to as the Rose Bubble Tip Anemone which is usually more expensive so good find!> Thank you in advance for all of your great info!!!!! <No Problem! Remember to keep feeding it and observing it's overall health. Hopefully it will split/divide and give you offspring!> Darren <Rich aka Mr. Firemouth> <Some additional reading... http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marine/inverts/cnidaria/anthozoa/bubbletipanemones.htm http://www.wetwebmedia.com/btanemjimb.htm>

Mystery Anemone help - 02/25/06 I have this mystery BTA that came in my live rock and I can't find anything anywhere like it on the web. The pictures aren't great, but it has a pink top like a rose BTA and a white body. Each tentacle has a white stripe around the end that is easily visible when it is short, but when it stretches out it is harder to see. It grew to be about 4" tall and 3" across the top when it split the first time. The bottom one has since split into 3. It was on a T shaped ridge and split down the ridge. It was also shaded by the above one so I think it split because it was stressed. It never tried to move. After it split I physically moved the 3 'babies' and each is doing just fine. The top one grew up again and has just split again today. It seems that 3-4" across the top and 4" tall is about as big as it gets. All of the above has been taking place over a period of about 6 months. The pictures aren't great, but the anemone is just gorgeous. Much prettier than any I have seen in a local fish store. It is the white strip around each tip that really makes it pretty. Have you seen anything like this or is it just 'some kind of rose BTA'? <Don't know... but agree with you... is very nice> Any info would be appreciated, but mostly it is just curiosity. Thanks. Kirk Menard <Might indeed be another species. Have seen such, and were offered as BTAs/Entacmaea. Cheers, Bob Fenner>

Coral/Anemone ID 2/20/05 Bob, Do you have any idea what this coral is? It appears to be some type of leather (Sarcophyton) with very long tentacles. Do you know the specific name? <<Actually, those are anemones. Probably "Bubble Tip" Entacmaea quadricolor. Best Regards. AdamC.>

Purple bubble tip anemone!! - 2/15/2006 I need to know if it is possible, I am sending a picture, tell me if you get it. <I see it here> Ok this case is extremely weird, could be a mistake or whatever. I went to the nature aquarium store here at Guadalajara Mexico, and new specimens had just arrived. They had 2 new bubble tip anemones that came together. One was a regular Bubble tip anemone and the other one was this one, that under their actinic light looked fluorescent blue. I watched the amazing color and thought it was a blue carpet anemone, I asked the guy and he told me it was a bubble tip!. Then it came to my mind that it looked like purple Heteractis magnifica. <Yes> However after bringing it home and looked carefully at it, it definitely has the shape of a bubble tip. And the color is purple with green tips. Doesn't look like a dyed specimen, it looks like a true morph. Could be the stress, could be sick, but this is its first day in my tank. Anyways it is a purple bubble tip anemone with green tips!!!. <Do come in a few colors> I will be taking more pictures later. I am keeping it in a 70 gal tank with 400 watt Power compacts, on the topmost spot. I think is good lighting, I 've also have a Galaxea on the topmost of the tank for about 4 months, and no complaints from it. <Color of the stalk/pedicle? Are there obvious verrucae there? Bob Fenner>

i.d. please? here is a pic of my 3 year old I have had him [or her] for 1 year now . my wife was watching the tank one day and now I have 2 this picture was taken right after I acquired him I was told he was a rose bubble tip but I haven't found any pic's of this little bugger thanks in advance Dave <This is a "Rose Anemone", an Entacmaea quadricolor, most often called a "Bubble Tip Anemone"... come in quite a few colors. Here are some others: http://WetWebMedia.Com/anemones.htm Bob Fenner>

Could you ID this anemone for me? Thanks! Sue <It's an Entacmaea quadricolor, a Bubble Tip Anemone. Bob F>

Re: Could you ID this anemone for me? Thanks for the super fast reply. It was bought as such and a fellow reefer saw it and thought it looked like a Sebae. <Mmm, you can see plenty of pix of both species on WetWebMedia.com> I have had it for 3 weeks and am debating about taking it back. It has sort of found a spot on the sand bed but I don't think it has really buried its foot. I tried to place it up higher and it keeps finding its way to the sandbed. I have a 62g with PC lights...4x55. I think it looks healthy so far. Do you? Would it be OK to make its home at the bottom of my tank with the lights I have on the tank? 23 1/2" high tank. Thanks again, Sue <Please read starting here: http://www.WetWebMedia.com/anemones.htm following the links. Bob Fenner>

Anemones I believe I read somewhere in a book (Delbeek/Sprung) that there are two distinct varieties of bubble-tipped anemones. One grows slowly to an adult, while the other stay small and readily divides. Is there any credence to this? <Mmm, well... this could be a "natural classification" division... smaller, stressed specimens will tend to divide... larger ones are more likely to not be collected, or die in collection/shipping. Please read: http://www.WetWebMedia.com/marine/inverts/cnidaria/anthozoa/bubbletipanemones.htm> I have a bubble tip which I have had for well over a year and has not divided, but seems to be growing slowly. It is inhabited by a maroon clownfish and I feed it small salad shrimp every so often. Sometimes when I feed the anemone, the shrimp does not completely stick to the anemone; is it not hungry? <Perhaps> The anemone itself seems very happy as it does not move around at all, and gets a lot of light as it stay up by the top of the reef structure under MH lights. Also it has retained its green color well; in the year and a half I have owned it, I would say it has only grown by 10-15%. Please let me in on any trade and/or personal secrets to this success. Thank so much. <... Anemones of "adult size" do actually "grow" very slowly in the wild and captivity... their periodic, cyclical or not expansion, contraction can be easily taken for "growth"... all trade, hobby "secrets" I know of are posted on WWM... unless haven't penned them yet. Be chatting, Bob Fenner> -D

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