Giant Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea)
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 Giant Carpet Anemone is found in the Indo-Pacific Region on rocky and sandy intertidal zones. Specimens can reach 20 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. The Giant Carpet Anemone is associated with many species of clownfish, including: Amphiprion bicinctus, A. clarkii, A. ocellaris, A. percula, and others.
Husbandry: The Giant Carpet Anemone should be housed in an aquarium with a shallow sand bed under bright light, surrounded by live rock. Suitable clownfish will readily associate with this species of anemone. The tentacles have a potent sting and this species can kill unsuspecting fish. This anemone should be fed diced or whole chunks of fish.
AKA: Gigantic Sea Anemone
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