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Family Actiniidae

Condylactis passifloria

(Shiomi, Lin, Nagashima & Ishida, 1995)

Florida Pink-tip Anemone

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

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

Size: 20 inches (50 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits lagoons and inner reefs and lives either singly or in loose groups near and on rocky crevices and seagrass beds in depths from surface to about 90 feet (27 m).

General Husbandry: Possibly a C. gigantea morph, yet appears to be more pink, yet otherwise looks the same. However, requires strong lighting as part of its nourishment comes from its symbiotic alga.

Needs additional feeding/hand feeding, e.g., raw fish pieces, shrimp, silversides, black worms, and is especially fond of mussel flesh with once a week feedings sufficing.

Taxonomy:

    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Order: Actiniaria

    Family: Actiniidae

    Genus: Condylactis

FYI: Does not do well if temperatures climb above 75 degrees (24°C).

May completely deflate itself every few weeks, but that is more or less a major water change occurring within it. Would also be a good time for an aquarium water change.

May consume small urchins, carbs, small clams and ornamental shrimp and sting corals.

Moves around the aquarium almost constantly.

May clone itself by splitting in two, and if so, will actually be able to touch each clone without any damage. However, will attack other anemones in the aquarium, even same species anemones - but not clones of itself.

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: 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 - 75°F (20 - 24°C)

Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons

Lighting: PAR 450+

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 passifloria (Florida Pink-tip Anemone)
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