Carpet anemones is a sub-group or classification of sea anemones from the genus Stichodactyla. Known for there extreme beauty, these marine creatures are truly fascinating. They have enormous flattened bodies and carpet-like tentacles. These anemones are even famous for hosting some species of Clownfish!
These are aggressive anemones that can grow up to 30"+ but will tend to remain the size they are without additional feedings. The Carpet Anemone can be very picky about where they live. Although they rarely move once placed, if they are not pleased with their location they will crawl around and find a new more convenient spot. This would not be an ideal situation as it could come in contact with other tank inhabitants and even cover them up/kill them. Try as much as possible to get your placement and positioning right in the first instance. Once the carpet has settled, there are high chances of it staying put indefinitely.
Stichodactyla haddon are typically found with their base buried in sand. They can also be found attached to rocks at the surface. The best way of placing the Haddoni is to dig a hole in the sand and place their base into it. After, fill it in and place a rock near by.
Carpet anemones are aggressive predators. They are capable of capturing prey of suitable sizes (small invertebrates, fry or small juvenile fish) that comes within the reach of their tentacles and digesting it with their nematocysts.
They feed internally through photosynthesis of its symbiotic algae – zooxanthellae and also on planktonic matter conveyed by the water currents. Another source of nutrients is from the wastes of their symbiotic fish.
Carpet anemones can also devour fleshy raw meals, these consist of brine shrimp, clam meat, whole shrimps, small fish like guppies, goldfish, etc.
However, you shouldn’t overfeed them if you don’t desire a substantial increase in their sizes.
- Feed your Carpet anemones 2 – 4 times a week at most.
- You will probably need to target feed them due to their size
Things to watch out for:
- The carpet anemones are likely to shrink and eventually die off if you don’t provide them with strong lighting to enable them photosynthesize and stay healthy. This can also occur when you are underfeeding them.
- Carpet anemones are predators, and as such, they will devour aquatic species that do not have a symbiotic relationship with it. These include cleaner shrimp (Peppermint Shrimp, Red Fire Shrimp, Skunk Cleaner Shrimps), Snails that get in their way, crabs, bottom-dwelling fish species as well as non-compatible anemonefish (clownfish).
- Carpet anemones are highly sensitive to unstable water parameters, therefore water quality should be very good at all times. Ensure Nitrate is kept under 10PPM!