Haitian Reef Anemone
Quick Care Facts
• Care Level: Moderate • Temperament: Aggressive • Maximum Size: 10"
• Diet: Carnivore • Aquarium Level: Substrate & Rocks • Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
• Reef Compatible: Yes, with caution • 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, White, Green, Red
• Origin: Western Atlantic • Family: Actiniidae • Species: Anemones
Native Habitat and Species Information
Haitian Reef Anemone native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.
The Haitian Reef Anemone, or Pink-Tip Condy, is found not surprisingly near Haiti. The Haitian Reef Anemone inhabits shallow lagoons and inner reefs, either singularly or in loose groups. Since the Haitian Reef Anemone lives in such shallow tidal areas it is used to bright sunlight, and will require bright lighting in the aquarium environment to simulate its natural habitat (this species will not do well without a high quality lighting system - metal halide or combination power compacts).
This species has a red column body, with long tapered pink-tipped tentacles. Haitian Reef Anemones will generally bury their base in the sand or wedge itself between rocks or crevices for protection. Be sure to provide either a sufficient sand base and / or rocks and crevices for the Haitian Reef Anemone to anchor itself in the aquarium.
The Haitian Reef Anemone is not recommended for most reef aquariums as it tends to move around a lot and has a deadly sting that can kill other anemones and corals. Also be sure not to keep Red-Leg Hermit Crabs with this species as they are natural predators of the Haitian Reef Anemone.
How to successfully keep Haitian Reef Anemone in the home aquarium.
In the aquarium environment be sure to provide the Haitian Reef Anemone with strong lighting (this species should never be purchased without a quality lighting system in place). Haitian Reef Anemones will do well in an aquarium with live rock and most crustaceans and fish species, although an Anemone requires a reef environment, this species is not the best suited for the reef aquarium.
The Haitian Reef Anemone moves around the tank frequently and has a sting that can inflict damage or death to other anemones and corals. Do not include its natural predators such as the Red-Leg Hermit Crab. Unlike many anemones, the Haitian Reef Anemone does not have any specific relationship with any clownfish, and it is rare for any type of clownfish or damsel to reside within them.
Feeding & Nutrition
How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Haitian Reef Anemone.
The diet should of the Haitian Reef Anemone should include feedings of fish, mussels, shrimp, or other foods of this type. Iodine and Trace Elements are also beneficial to the overall health of this species.
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