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Family Ceriantharia

Pachycerianthus maua

(Carlgren, 1900)

Banded Tube Anemone

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Red Sea

Natural Environment: Sandy bottoms at depths of 15 to 90 feet (5 - 30 m)

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 72 to 83°F (22 - 28°C). This is a nocturnal species (lacks zooxanthellae) and usually extends from its tube during nighttime hours to feed on zooplankton, which is more readily available during this timeframe. It can reach about 8 inches (20cm) in diameter, with its tentacles reaching out another 12 inches (30cm).

Not compatible with other anemone species or most fish, as small fish will be stung and large fish tend to disturb them. They do not host clownfish.

Have a poor survival rate in captivity and best left in the wild.

 Pachycerianthus maua (Banded Tube Anemone)
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