Anemone Species Profiles

Updated September 23, 2018
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The saltwater sea anemone is a fascinating creature that is highly sought after by marine aquarium hobbyists.

Many anemones form a symbiotic relationship with the various species of clownfish. There is a common misconception that you must have an anemone to keep clownfish and vice versa. This is not true.

You can keep clownfish without an anemone and this is a good thing for hobbyists since anemones have some special requirements that make them more difficult to keep than clownfish.

Anemones need higher lighting levels to feed the Zooanthellae algae living in their tissues. For most anemone species you'll need HO, VHO or Metal Halide aquarium lighting. Some hobbyists have reported success keeping bubble tips and condy anemones under power compact lighting but please be prudent with your anemone care and only use power compacts on standard sized tanks. Anemones in deeper tanks (greater than 24 inches) will not get enough light from power compacts.

Some species can harm fish and other tank mates with their stinging tentacles. They may even eat smaller fish if they can get ahold of one. These are extremely interesting creatures for the right tank setup.


Bubble Tip Sea Anemone
Entacmaea quadricolor
Bubble Tip Sea Anemone
Anemones can be difficult for even advanced saltwater aquarium hobbyists. The Bubble Tips are often recommended as good first anemones, but that doesn't mean they are easy to care for. They need frequent feedings and high output lighting.
Condy Anemone
Condylactis gigantea
Condy Anemone
Be warned that anemones can be very difficult to keep. Provide high output lighting and small feedings several times per week. Silversides or other fresh meaty saltwater foods should be accepted. They might wander the tank until they find a spot they like.