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Family Stichodactylidae

Heteractis crispa

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Leathery/Sebae Anemone

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Red Sea to Tuamotu

Natural Environment: Lives singly in deep coral and rock crevices that protect its body with only its oral disc and tentacles exposed at depths from 10 to 100 feet (3 - 35 m)

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 72 to 79°F (22 - 26°C). Appears to do better with extremely good lighting (PAR 200 - 450) and very good water movement and will attach itself to rubble/rock in the aquarium, or may embed its foot into the sand bed where it attaches its lower foot on the bottom of the aquarium. It usually has a gray column and and its disc and tentacles can be green, gray, or mauve. Often has purple or pink tipped tentacles. Requires two or three weekly feedings of fish meat, enriched live brine shrimp, mysis, bloodworms, and/or squid. Does not do well in captivity, probably due to poor transportation from its origin, as most perish. Yet if a healthy specimen is found, it tends to do well. Hosts 14 species of anemonefishes in the wild.

 Heteractis crispa (Leathery/Sebae Anemone)
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