Caribbean Giant Anemone

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Condylactis gigantea - (Weinland, 1860)
Caribbean Giant Anemone

Common and hardy, but among the most beautiful animals imported for the aquarium hobby. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is a hardy species that is a good beginner’s anemone. It is highly variable in color, depending on where it was collected and how it is kept. Often seen with a reddish orange column, sometimes tan or green. Tentacle tips may be pink, purple, green, or occasionally yellow. If provided with a rocky aquascape, it will usually sink its column safely into a tight crevice, leaving its tentacles exposed.

Despite their low price, Condylactis individuals are some of the most beautiful animals imported for the aquarium hobby. The basic column color is white, often lightly colored with hints of brown, tan, green, or yellow. The tentacles are the same color as the column, except for their bulbous tips, which can be pink, red, purple, green, or yellow. Many invertebrates and a few fishes associate with this species in nature.

(Note Spotted Cleaner Shrimp, Periclimenes yucatanensis, with anemone pictured.)

Family: Actiniidae

Other common name(s):

  • Haitian Anemone
  • Condy

Native range:

Habitat: Thrives mostly in shallow water, including rubble flats, and can be found at most inshore areas, it may also be found on coral reefs, though this is less common.

Maximum length: 30 cm (12 in)

Maximum height: 30 cm (12 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 190 L (50 gal)

Lighting: Does best under bright light.

Placement: In full bright light.

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Is partially nourished by its zooxanthellae. It is a filter feeder, but must have regular feedings of meaty foods such as krill, whole or diced shrimp, and marine fish, such as silversides.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It may sting other invertebrates. Most clownfish species will not associate with it, but Clark's Clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii) and the Tomato Clownfish ("Amphiprion frenatus) are the occasional exception. It may serve as a host for anemone shrimps.

[edit] Special Care

As with many anemones, the Caribbean Giant Anemone prefers to have its body protected in a crevice or cavity, while the tentacles extend out to collect food. In captivity, it prefers moderate currents.

[edit] Notes

The tentacle tips may swell in the manner of the Bubble-Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor).

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: PH
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Caribbean Giant AnemoneRDF feed
Common name Caribbean Giant Anemone  +, Haitian Anemone  +, and Condy  +
Family Actiniidae  +
Genus Condylactis  +
Image credit PH  +
Lighting Does best under bright light.  +
Maximum height 12 in  +
Maximum length 12 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 50 gal  +
Native range Caribbean  +, and Tropical Western Atlantic  +
Placement In full bright light.  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name gigantea  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +