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Family Actiniidae

Condylactis gigantea

(Weinland, 1861)

Haitian Pink-tip Anemone, Giant Golden Anemone

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean, Bermuda to Brazil.

Size: 16 inches (40 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits lagoons and inner reefs and lives either singly or in loose groups near and on rocky crevices in depths from near the surface to 90 feet (30 m) and feeds upon small fishes, shrimp, mussels, and other small invertebrates.

General Husbandry: Requires bright light and hand feeding, e.g., raw fish pieces, shrimp, black worms, silversides, and is especially fond of mussel flesh with once a week feedings sufficing.

Does well in captivity if it has its own environment, as it should not be maintained with other species, especially Pacific Ocean anemones, nor even others in its own genus!


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Order: Actiniaria

    Family: Actiniidae

    Genus: Condylactis

FYI: Will consume small urchins, small clams and ornamental shrimp and sting corals.

Condylactis anemones are not generally accepted by clownfish. They prefer sandy bottoms and are very sensitive to mishandling. It is a low priced anemone and not truly suited for use in the multi-organism environment associated with reef aquariums.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Diet: Photosynthetic/Carnivore

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Aquarium Environment: Fish-only aquarium

Coral Safe: With caution

Fish Safe: With caution

Invertebrate Safe: With caution

Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+

Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately difficult

Calcium (Ca): 380 - 430 mg/l

Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3.0 meq/l

Phosphate (PO4): <0.05 mg/l

Magnesium (Mg): approx. 1350 mg/l (relate to specific gravity)

Temperature Range: 68 - 79°F (20 - 26°C)

Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons

Lighting: PAR 400+

Water Movement: WM 1 - 2

Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025

pH: 8.0 - 8.4

Iodine/Trace Elements: Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.

 Condylactis gigantea (Haitian Pink-tip Anemone, Giant Golden Anemone)
Photo © Zaid Fadul
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