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Family Actiniidae

Actinia tenebrosa

Farquhar, 1898

Waratah Anemone

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Southern Australia and New Zealand

Size: Column width 1.5 inch - 4cm

Natural Environment: Inhabits tidepools and shaded vertical rock walls

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 50 to 68°F (10 - 20°C). Named after the bright red Waratah flower, which is the state emblem of New South Wales, Australia. Broods its young inside its body cavity and when well-developed, are expelled through the mouth. If closely related, they can live next to each other, if not, they will attack each other.

Requires cool water and hand feeding, e.g., raw fish pieces, shrimp, tubifex worms, and is especially fond of mussel flesh. Two to three feedings per month suffices in cool water environments.

Aquarium Suitability: For those interested in maintaining a cool water aquarium, this species is quite hardy; otherwise, it should not be collected!

 Actinia tenebrosa (Waratah Anemone)
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