Rose Bubble Tip Anemone
The Rose Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) is a great candidate for hosting with clownfish, and in fact, they often form a symbiotic relationship in the wild and in captivity. Clownfish will often host in the tentacles of the anemone, which provides them with protection from predators and a safe place to lay their eggs. Caution should be taken when introducing these anemones, as they are very mobile and can easily “walk” into pumps and overflow boxes.
When introducing a Rose Bubble Tip Anemone to your aquarium, it is important to choose compatible clownfish species. The most common species that form a relationship with this type of anemone are the Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) and the Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion percula). However, other species such as the Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus) can also form a bond with this type of anemone.
It is important to note that both the anemone and the clownfish must be healthy before introducing them to each other. The anemone must be acclimated slowly to the new environment and have a stable location in the tank before adding the clownfish. It is also recommended to introduce the clownfish gradually, so they can adjust to the anemone and establish a bond over time.
Overall, Rose Bubble Tip Anemones and clownfish can form a beautiful and fascinating symbiotic relationship in your aquarium, as long as proper care and compatibility guidelines are followed.
Here are some care guidelines for Rose Bubble Tip Anemones, to ensure their health and well-being in your aquarium:
Tank size and water parameters: Rose Bubble Tip Anemones require a well-established and mature aquarium with stable water parameters. The minimum tank size for a single anemone is 30 gallons. The water temperature should be between 75-80°F (24-27°C), with a pH of 8.1-8.4 and salinity of 1.023-1.025.
Lighting: Proper lighting is crucial for the health and growth of your Rose Bubble Tip Anemone. They require moderate to high lighting, with a spectrum of 10,000K-20,000K. LED lighting is recommended, and the intensity should be adjusted to avoid bleaching or burning the anemone.
Water flow: Rose Bubble Tip Anemones need moderate water flow, as they can be sensitive to high water movement. The use of a powerhead or wave maker can provide adequate flow.
Feeding: Rose Bubble Tip Anemones are photosynthetic and can derive some of their nutrition from the lighting in your aquarium. However, they also require supplemental feeding. Feed your anemone small pieces of meaty food, such as shrimp or small pieces of fish, once or twice a week.
Placement: Rose Bubble Tip Anemones prefer to attach themselves to a hard surface, such as live rock or the substrate. Place them in an area with moderate water flow and lighting, and provide enough space for them to expand their tentacles.
Compatibility: Rose Bubble Tip Anemones are compatible with many species of fish, including clownfish. However, they can be aggressive towards other anemones, so it is best to keep them as the only anemone in your aquarium. They are also known to be a threat to some species of corals, so be cautious when placing them near other coral species.
Handling: When handling your Rose Bubble Tip Anemone, be sure to wear gloves to protect your skin from their stinging cells. Use a net or a container to move them, as they can become stressed and release toxins into the water.
With proper care, Rose Bubble Tip Anemones can thrive in a well-maintained reef aquarium and provide a stunning addition to your underwater world.