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Family Stichodactylidae

Stichodactyla haddoni

(Saville-Kent, 1893)

Haddon's Sea/Carpet Anemone

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

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

Natural Environment: Lives singly on slopes and sandy bottom areas with foot attached to buried rock or other hardpan at depths between 10 to 100 feet (3 - 30 m)

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 72 to 79°F (22 - 26°C) and requires several feedings per week of various fish flesh type foods. This 'carpet' anemone has very short tentacles, its oral disc, usually convoluted, can be green, light brown, or yellow, and its tentacle tips can be green, gray, yellow or rarely pink. Does best in deep sandy substrates, as it will bury its foot/base into the substrate if sensing danger. Requires strong lighting - PAR 300 - 500. May extend itself at night in the hope of finding plankton-like foods in the evening hours. Much easier to keep than S. mertensii and S. gigantea.

 Stichodactyla haddoni (Haddon's Sea/Carpet Anemone)
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