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AC Funburst


AC Funburst

Anemones are captivating and vibrant additions to reef aquariums, offering both aesthetic appeal and ecological benefits. Proper care is crucial to ensure the well-being of these unique creatures in a captive environment. This care sheet provides essential guidelines for hobbyists looking to incorporate anemones into their reef aquariums.

Species Selection:
Choose anemones suitable for your tank size and expertise level. Popular choices include Bubble Tip Anemones (*Entacmaea quadricolor*), Carpet Anemones (*Stichodactyla spp.*), and Rock Flower Anemones (*Epicystis spp.*).

Tank Requirements:
1. Tank Size: Provide a spacious environment with a minimum tank size of 30 gallons for smaller species and at least 50 gallons for larger ones.
2. Lighting: Use high-quality LED lighting with a Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) range of 150-300 µmol m⁻² s⁻¹.
3. Water Parameters
- Temperature: 75-80°F (24-27°C)
- Salinity: 1.023-1.025
- pH: 8.1-8.4
- Alkalinity: 8-12 dKH
- Calcium: 380-450 ppm
- Magnesium: 1200-1350 ppm
- Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate: Undetectable levels

1. Anemones obtain a significant portion of their nutrition through photosynthesis with zooxanthellae. Ensure adequate lighting for this process.
2. Supplement their diet with high-quality frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and chopped seafood. Feed 2-3 times per week.

1. Provide stable and secure placement on the substrate or rockwork to prevent them from wandering.
2. Maintain adequate spacing between anemones and other corals to prevent aggressive interactions.

Choose tankmates carefully, focusing on species that do not pose a threat to anemones. Compatible fish, such as clownfish, often form symbiotic relationships with anemones.

**Compatibility Considerations:**
1. Some anemones exhibit territorial behavior. Research the specific species for compatibility with other anemones and corals.
2. Monitor for signs of aggression, stress, or tissue damage. Separate incompatible individuals if necessary.

Health Monitoring:
1. Regularly observe anemones for any changes in color, size, or behavior.
2. Maintain optimal water quality and conduct regular water tests to ensure parameters remain within the recommended ranges.

Common Issues:
1. Bleaching: Indicates stress or inadequate lighting. Adjust lighting intensity and acclimate slowly to changes.
2. Tearing: Caused by aggressive tankmates or improper handling. Ensure suitable tankmates and gentle care during maintenance.

Successfully keeping anemones in a reef aquarium requires careful consideration of their specific needs. By adhering to these guidelines, you can create a thriving environment that showcases the beauty of anemones while promoting their overall health and well-being.

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