Entacmaea quadricolor, commonly known as Bubble-tip anemones, are a species of sea anemones belonging to the Actiniidae family. Their common name comes from the bulbous tips that form on each tentacle. The anemone’s delicate foot is located on the bottom. The foot has simple muscle fibers that help the anemone move and anchor onto rocks or sand. Bubble-tip anemones are often found in a variety of vibrant shades of red, pink, green, and orange. Most members of the Actiniidae family do not participate in the symbiotic relationship of hosting clownfish and other anemonefish that is often enjoyed by hobbyists, but the Bubble-tip anemone is an exception to the rule and usually makes a gracious host.
Bubble-tip anemones require moderate to higher lighting. We recommend between 220-350 PAR. Bubble-tip anemones also prefer moderate water flow to assist in filter feeding particles of food. Bear in mind that anemones will often move themselves until they find an area with their preferred amount of flow and lighting. Please do not attempt to glue your anemone down. They need to be able to move. That said, try to place your anemone in a low area away from wavemakers and pumps. An anemone that gets sucked in, chopped up, and blown all over your tank could be a real problem.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Bubble-tip anemones benefit from targeted weekly feeding with meaty foods such Mysis shrimp or frozen preparations. To maintain good health, monitor your water conditions regularly to avoid any major changes or swings in parameters.
When placing your Bubble-tip anemone, please remember that these animals will move to a spot in the tank that they deem best. Be sure to introduce your anemone to an area away from wavemakers and pumps.