The Ultra Green Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) is a striking and highly sought-after variety of Bubble Tip Anemone. Keeping a Ultra Green Bubble Tip Anemone in a aquarium can be challenging, as they have specific care requirements and can be sensitive to changes in water quality and lighting. However, with proper care, they can thrive in a well-maintained reef aquarium.
Here are some care guidelines to ensure their health and well-being in your aquarium.
Tank size and water parameters: The Ultra Green Bubble Tip Anemone requires 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 Ultra Green 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: Ultra Green 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: Ultra Green 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: Ultra Green 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: Ultra Green Bubble Tip Anemones 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 Ultra Green 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, Ultra Green Bubble Tip Anemones can thrive in a well-maintained reef aquarium and provide a stunning addition to your underwater world.