Coral Guide

Blue Carpet Anemone   (Stichodactyla helianthus)
Family: Stichodactylidae (Anemones)
Habitat: Sandy sheltered 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 Blue Carpet Anemone is found in the Caribbean Ocean on rocky and sandy intertidal zones. Specimens can reach 12 inches 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 Blue Carpet Anemone prefers low to moderate current and bright light. They will eat fish or other invertebrates that stray into their tentacles. Many clownfish of the genus Amphiprion, along with many invertebrates, are reported to associate with this anemone. Large specimens may require a 4 inch deep sand bed to accomodate their large pedal disc. This species has sticky tentacles that can sting and harm many fishes and crustaceans. Excessive water flow may stimulate this anemone to bury beneath the sand.

AKA: Caribbean Carpet Anemone

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