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Clownfish And There Sea Anemone Host
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Clownfish And there Sea Anemone Host

A Clownfish and their very beautiful host the Sea Anemone is a very rewarding addition to your Marine Fish or Coral Reef Aquarium. Watching the Clownfish dance around in his host trying to entise others fish to join in the fun is like a work of art in progress.

When you purchase your Clownfish you will also have a total of about 10 different types of Sea Anemones that will host them and other types of anemone companions. By carefully picking a matching pair you will enjoy them for years to come, because most Sea Anemones are a very hardy species to add to your aquarium.

when choosing your host make sure you research each type to make sure it is suitable for your type of aquarium setup it it is a reef only or fish only tank. Some are quite hardy once they are seated in a desirable part of your aquarium, because they will move around until they find the right location to plant itself, but then there are some that just do not do well in captivity just shrivel up and die.

There are actually about 1100 different types of anemones but there are only 10 that will lost a Clownfish:

  • Sabae Anemone (Heteractis crispa)
  • Long Tentacle Anemone (Macrodactla doreensis)
  • Saddle Anemone (Stitchodactyla haddoni)
  • Delicate Sea Anemone (Heteractis malu)
  • Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)
  • Merten's Carpet Anemone (Stitchodactyla mertensi)
  • Adhesive Sea Anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum)
  • Giant Carpet Anemone (Stitchodactyla gigantea)
  • Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica)
  • Beaded Sea Anemone ( Heteractis aurora)

You must always look for a healthy Sea Anemone if you want to be able to keep it successfully . Here is a check list of things that you should avoid while picking out your Sea Anemone.

  • Ones that are not attached to anything meaning there is a problem with there foot hold
  • Also make sure there foot is not torn
  • There mouth is open or loose
  • When a Sea Anemone is threatened they will contract quickly, be sure to watch to se if this happens when they are approached for extraction from the holding tank
  • Make sure there tentacles are fat and not skinny, unless the species has skinny ones
  • If they are suppose to have long tentacles just make sure all of them are long and not short
  • Make sure they are a little sticky when touched
  • Make sure they are not white in color this means that they might have released there zooxanthellae, because this is what it depends on for most of its food

Many Sea Anemones are naturally colored, sometimes you will find some very vividly colored in an aquarium store. This only means that it has been injected with vegetable dyes for quicker sales the colors will eventually fade away with time. Just be careful and very selective at what you buy it will be a life time of enjoyment in your coral reef or marine fish aquariums.


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