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Family Actiniidae

Condylactis gigantea

(Weinland, 1861)

Haitian Pink-tip/Giant Golden Anemone

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean, Bermuda to Brazil

Natural Environment: Inhabits lagoons and inner reefs and lives either singly or in loose groups near and on rocky crevices in depths from surface to 90 feet (30 m)

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 68 to 79°F (20 - 26°C). Requires hand feeding, e.g., raw fish pieces, shrimp, tubifex worms, and is especially fond of mussel flesh. Two to three feedings per month suffices as it can get quite large, about 20 inches (50 cm). Does well in captivity if it has its own environment.

However, Condylactis anemones are not generally accepted by clownfish. They should not be kept in an aquarium with corals or Pacific anemones as they are quite aggressive and may damage these organisms. 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.

Aquarium Suitability: Not 'truly' suited for reef aquariums.

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