By Bob Goemans
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Family Thalassianthidae

Cryptodendrum adhaesivum

Klunzinger, 1877

Sticky Carpet/Pizza Anemone

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean: Red Sea to the Marquesas

Natural Environment: Lives singly attached to the undersides of stones in rubble areas where it tends to be a zooplankton feeder

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 74 to 82°F (23 - 27°C) and requires several feedings per week with silversides, brine shrimp, and/or bloodworms. Requires strong water movement and moderate lighting. It depends upon whom you speak with, but I have never found it an easy anemone to maintain. Generally houses the shrimps Thor and Periclimenes. Very sticky and may sting unprotected hands and sting/damage corals. Hosts very few anemonefishes, e.g., possibly Amphiprion clarkii occasionally. Keep in mind they can catch and eat fish tankmates that get careless.

 Cryptodendrum adhaesivum (Sticky Carpet/Pizza Anemone)
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