The Curly-Cue Anemone, is also referred to as Corkscrew Anemone, Curly Q Anemone,
Curlique Anemine, and the Trumpet or Rock Anemone. It is a carnivore and mainly
consumes fish, mussels, and crustacean meat. Additional supplements of iodine and
trace elements should also be added to the aquarium for its continued good health. The
Curly Q Anemone is mostly found under ledges, and therefore lots of hiding places and
rock rubbles are required to be added in the tank. Its base is generally attached to a solid substrate and remains hidden from view. The Curly Q Anemone also features a large mass of tentacles that floats above, and is delicate and covered with continuous spiral band of white nematocysts. Its mouth is located in the center of this large mass of tentacles, where it feeds on microscopic food particles present in the water. On being touched by any object, the Curly Q Anemone retracts immediately to the hole or crevice where it is attached. Also it uses its toxin coated long tentacles known as nematocysts, which are found in rings on tentacles. Due to absence of zooxanthellae, the Curly Q Anemone does not rely on photosynthesis to produce its food, instead it prefers to live in lower lighting and can tolerate varying water conditions. The Curly Q Anemone needs to be kept in low flow since it needs to feed from the water column. Addition of small bits of meaty foods like brine or mysis has been proven beneficial to its growth. Make sure the Curly Q Anemone is provided with sufficient free space in the tank that is not too close to any other coral or invertebrate inhabitants. Since it feeds on the food which are found mostly in the tank, the Curly Q Anemone helps in keeping the tank clean and free from excess and decaying food stuffs.
The Curly Q Anemone is burnt Yellow to clear in color with long flowing tentacles. These tentacles are usually wrapped with light corkscrew markings. This is a great anemone for all reef tanks. It will usually stay in one place for long periods of time and does not do much moving. When disturbed the Curly Q will rapidly retract its tentacles becoming a very small ball.Anemones are solitary polyp organisms which are supported internally by water. Anemone species are differentiated by the color, shape, placement, and length of the tentacles. These Cnidaria feed off of zooxanthellae within their bodies and need a strong light source in order to survive. They will also take in food by using their tentacles to slowly move the prey to their mouths which is a slit in the center of the body. This single opening also serves as its way of expelling waste. Anemones use tiny stinging cells in their tentalces called "nematocysts" in order to stun their prey. The nematocysts within these tentacles are also used as a defense mechanism. The nematocysts can also disturb human flesh and should be considered dangerous, especially to those that have known allergies. Anemones found in the wild usually have found a crevice to hide their foot, or base, leaving only the tentacles exposed.Some Anemones are shipped in little or no water. Float them for half an hour, discard any water in the bag, then release the Anemone directly into the aquarium. You can also choose to drip acclimate in a bucket by themselves.Anemones have nematocysts, a.k.a. stinging cells, and can be dangerous to the touch. These creatures can cause injury or death. By purchasing this item you agree that you understand this is a dangerous creature and that Saltwaterfish.com is not responsible for any injury or death that may occur.