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Family Stichodactylidae

Stichodactyla gigantea

Forsskal, 1775

Gigantic Sea/Carpet Anemone

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean: Red Sea to the Solomon Islands

Natural Environment: Lives singly on sandy and coral rubble substrates, hiding most of its body. Found at a depth between 6 to 60 feet (2 - 20 m)

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 72 to 82°F (22 - 27°C) and requires several feedings per week of shrimp, squid, and/or silversides. Its oral disc is usually tan or pink, with its column tan or gray, sometimes possibly blue, maroon, or yellow. Often, its tentacles seem to vibrate. Seems to do best in deep sandy substrates. (see S. haddoni) May eat small fishes in the aquarium! Delicate, and prone to bacterial infections.

 Stichodactyla gigantea (Gigantic Sea/Carpet Anemone)
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