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Curly-Cue Anemone

(Bartholomea annulata)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Moderate   • Temperament: Aggressive   • Maximum Size: 10"
• Diet: Carnivore   • Aquarium Level: All   • Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons
 • Reef Compatible: Yes   • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
• Supplements: Iodine, Trace elements   • Coloration: Brown, Tan, Yellow, Orange
• Origin: Easteran Atlantic, Mediterranean • Family: Aiptasiidae   • Species: Anemones

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Native Habitat and Species Information

Curly-Cue Anemone native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

The Curly-Cue Anemone is also commonly known as the Trumpet Anemone or Rock Anemone. They are found in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic Ocean, in calm shallow areas where they generally live solitary lives. The body is opaque amber with yellowish-white spots, while the tentacles vary from brown to brown/violet as they extend away from the body, and are translucent with spots. The Curly-Cue Anemone has long flowing tentacles, which are usually wrapped with light corkscrew markings.

They Curly-Cue Anemone is a good addition for reef tanks where they can find a calm area along the live rock to situate themselves. They will usually stay in one place for long periods of time and do not do much moving. When disturbed the Curly-Cue will rapidly retract its tentacles becoming a very small ball. Be sure to have enough available space for the Curly-Cue Anemone to find a suitable spot that is not too close to any other coral or invertebrate inhabitants.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Curly-Cue Anemone in the home aquarium.

The Curly-Cue Anemone prefers to live singularly in calm shallow water. In the aquarium environment they should be provided with protected areas of the floor where they can live partially hidden in the live rock or aquascaping. They prefer protected crevices or overhangs without direct waterflow. Also be sure that the Curly-Cue Anemone will be able to find a suitable location that is also away from other Anemones or Corals as they will need space between themselves and other species.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Curly-Cue Anemone.

The Curly-Cue Anemone is a carnivore and will eat most meaty foods including: fish, mussels, crustaceans and shrimp. They should be given high quality frozen meaty preparations or fresh marine shrimp, chopped fish or mussel. The Curly-Cue Anemone will also require supplements to do well in the aquarium environment, including Iodine and trace elements and meaty foods such as frozen brine or mysis shrimp, mussels or pieces of fish. This species will also eat any foods that get by the fish in the aquarium, making them good for keeping the aquarium free of excess and decaying food stuffs.

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