Green Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni)
Family: Stichodactylidae (Anemones)
Habitat: Sandy areas interspersed with rock
Light: High Water Flow: Medium Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Fish, also with zooxanthellae
Natural History: The Green Carpet Anemone is found in the Indo-Pacific Region on rocky and sandy intertidal zones. Specimens can reach 2 feet in diameter. The pedal disc is generally observed submerged in sand with the tentacles spread across the sand surface. This species of anemone is reported to have zooxanthellae but it also feeds on fish or crustaceans that it can catch.
Husbandry: The Green Carpet Anemone prefers low to moderate current and bright light. They can grow to large proportions, reaching 2 feet in diameter. They will eat fish or other invertebrates that stray into their tentacles. Many clownfish of the genus Amphiprion are reported to associate with this anemone. Large specimens may require a 6 inch or more deep sand bed to accomodate their long and large pedal disc. This species is reported to be capable of leaving painless welts on human skin. This species will move if unhappy with its flow or lighting in captivity.
AKA: Saddle Anemone
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