By Bob Goemans
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Ocean Nutrition 

Family Stichodactylidae

Stichodactyla mertensii

Brandt, 1835

Merten's Carpet Anemone

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: East Africa to Melanesia

Natural Environment: Lives singly in upper rock crevices on reef slopes

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 74 to 82°F (23 - 27°C) and is one of the larger clownfish anemones, sometimes exceeding 36 inches (90 cm) in diameter. Requires a large aquarium, over 100 gallons, and gentle water movement and strong light (PAR 300 - 500). Prefers feedings with fish flesh, not crustacean meat and several feeding per week. Not easy to maintain.

 Stichodactyla mertensii (Merten's Carpet Anemone)
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