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Old 05-13-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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Purple Tube Anemone

My LFS has one and like them a lot, just can't find a lot of information on keeping them.. does anyone have experience with them?

looks identical to this one Drs. Foster and Smith Diver's Den® - Cerianthus membranaceus
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They aren't photosynthetic and need fed daily. There is a stigma that they are fish eaters, but I highly doubt it can catch a healthy fish and eat shrimp like we feed them.
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Yes I knew they were nps, I was kind of worried about it stinging a killing fish, but you don't think that would be a problem?

Any idea if they can move around like other nems?
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They're no photosynthetic and like a shaded spot. Ideally, a 6" sand bed is best for them, but they can survive with less. Mine does fine in a 3" sand bed. It's I'm too much light though so it only comes out at night. I have numerous gobies that have come near it and my cleaner shrimp who went in its tentacles many times to steal food and was never captured/consumed. I feed my tue anemone cyclops, Rotifers, freeze dried Copepods, and sometimes mini mysis about every other day. You should have an established reef tank and a deep enough sandbed.
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Yes I knew they were nps, I was kind of worried about it stinging a killing fish, but you don't think that would be a problem?

Any idea if they can move around like other nems?
They aren't considered anemones so they don't move around.
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They aren't considered anemones so they don't move around.
What are they considered? A tube worm of sorts? While googling info about them I saw a lfs had sold one as a tube worm
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Thank you for the info btw
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A coral I believe. Ill have to check that, but anemones are inverts and this tube "anemone" is a nps coral.
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Anemone only needs to be fed once a week. Yes there is such a thing as over feeding, as they will never turn down a free meal. I would pick one that is a little easier to care for if its your first anemone.
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Anemone only needs to be fed once a week. Yes there is such a thing as over feeding, as they will never turn down a free meal. I would pick one that is a little easier to care for if its your first anemone.
I would love to have an bta but worried about it moving around.. That's what makes this one attractive.. Aside from its nice flowy purple tentacles of course
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