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Green Carpet Anemone

(Stichodactyla haddoni)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Difficult   • Temperament: Aggressive   • Maximum Size: 20"
• Diet: Carnivore   • Aquarium Level: Substrate & Rocks   • 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: Green
• Origin: Indo-Pacific, Atlantic • Family: Stichodactylidae   • Species: Anemones

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Native Habitat and Species Information

Green Carpet Anemone native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

The Green Carpet Anemone can be found living either singularly on the reef or soft bottoms in the Indo-Pacific region and the Red Sea. The Green Carpet Anemone makes an excellent host for many types of Clownfish including Amphiprion ocellaris, A. percula, or Dascyllus trimaculatus. In exchange, the Clownfish will provide the carnivorous anemone with "crumbs" of food that make up a large part of its diet.

This species makes and excellent host for clownfish and a beautiful addition to any community fish setup. Keep in mind the adult size of this species when considering the proper size aquarium needed to house it. Also be sure to leave at least 12" between this and other invert or coral species, as it will sting anything near itself.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Green Carpet Anemone in the home aquarium.

The Green Carpet Anemone requires a large aquarium due to its maximum size of approximately 20" in the aquarium environment. Unlike large fish species, large invertebrate species do not require as large of an aquarium, but it is recommended to provide a tank that is at 18" to 24" from front to back so that the Green Carpet Anemone can fit comfortably.

It is important to provide this species with strong lighting and moderate water flow. The aquarium should contain both sandy and rocky locations, as The Green Carpet anemone may prefer either type of location. Once The Green Carpet Anemone gets situated in the aquarium, it will move to a location in the aquarium that will best suit it. The Green Carpet Anemone is not compatible with other invertebrate species, so 12" to 14" should be left as a buffer around this species from any other invert or coral species.

This can be especially tricky when first introducing this species, as it will move around while looking for a suitable location to settle in. Green Carpet Anemones benefit greatly from relationships with Clownfish, and it is highly recommended to keep Clownfish with this species. When healthy, Green Carpet Anemones are very sticky, and it is very difficult to convince them to let go of either a rock or hand without damaging it. Be very careful when handling this species.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Green Carpet Anemone.

The Green Carpet Anemone should be given time to acclimate itself to the aquarium before supplemental feedings are offered. Once the Green Carpet Anemone has situated itself within the aquarium, it should be fed a diet of chopped fish, shrimp and other meaty foods. Strong lighting is required for this species, and it will also benefit from the addition of iodine and trace elements.

More Information

Additional species information.

Caution this species is Venomous and is one of the few anemones that can cause a severe reaction in humans, so keeping one requires care in handling. It is very difficult to get this species to let go of once it has attached itself to someone without damaging the anemone. Use extreme care when handling this species. This species also requires very high lighting and varied medium water flow.

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