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Basic Anemone Care

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Basic Anemone Care

Postby Nec » Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:59 pm

Here are some basic guidlines for anemone care.

Water Quality

Suggested water parameters for most anemones: (average) 72-78° F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12

Water Flow

Anemones depend on water flow to bring them the nutrients and food they need to survive. Most require medium flow. Use caution with powerheads. Anemones seem to be attracted to high flow areas. Especially when first introduced to a tank and looking for a place to settle. You might consider putting a piece of foam over the inlets to prevent tentacles from getting caught up.


Most anemones need moderate to high lighting.

Anemones have zooxanthellae organisms that provide it's color (photosynthesis). Without enough light, they will purge the zooxanthellae out, shrink and die. This is also caused by being stressed. Not enough light, food ect...


Anemones do not require a lot of food. Finely chopped frozen shrimp or silversides seem to be the choice for most owners. The best way is to feed them directly at least twice a week with a turkey bastor.

The other way to feed your anemone (if you are lucky enough), is a Clownfish. Clownfish will host the anemone. With this, comes protection and food. The clownfish will actually bring food back to the anemone for it to eat. Another topic on this later.

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