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Condy Anemone
(Condylactis gigantea)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Moderate
Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 6"
Diet: Carnivore
Aquarium Level: All
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Reef Compatible: Yes, With caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
Supplements: Iodine, Trace elements
Coloration: Brown, Tan, White, Green, Purple, Pink
Origin: Western Atlantic
Family: Actiniidae
Species: Anemones
Species Information
The Condy Anemone is found throughout the Caribbean and Western Atlantic, in shallow lagoons and in or around shallow reefs. The Condy Anemone can be found both singularly or in small dispersed groups. Due to their semi-aggressive nature they are never found tightly clustered together as they would sting anything that is too close to them self.
In the wild they can obtain a much larger size than is typically seen in an aquarium environment, upwards of 16" in the wild is common where as in the aquarium a size of approximately 6" is common. This species has many color variations, but they generally tend to be a brown to white base with magenta, purple or green tentacles. The tentacles will occasionally develop a bubble tip appearance. Like many anemones the Condy likes to bury it's base in the sand or rocky crevice for protection.
Aquarium Care
Condy Anemones require very strong lighting and will not do well unless strong lighting is provided. Although the Condy Anemone requires a reef environment, it is not the best tankmate for more sensite reef inhabinants. The Condy Anemone is aggressive towards anything near itself and will sting any other organisms near itself.
The Condy Anemone will move around the aquarium and may sting other anemones and corals if it comes in contact with them. The sting is often fatal to other species of anemones and corals. The Condy Anemone does not typically have a relationship with any species of clownfish and is often preyed upon by Red-Legged Hermit Crabs, making this species a difficult fit for the average reef aquarium.
Feeding & Nutrition
The Condy Anemone should be fed multiple weekly feedings every 2 to 3 day a mixture of chopped fish, mussels, shrimp and other meaty foods. The tentacles of the Condy Anemone will appear stringy when inadequate food is provided.
More Information
Varied medium water flow is required to enable the Condy Anemone to filter foodstuffs from the water column and to remove waste products from the anemone itself.
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