The Long Tentacle Anemone comes in varied color that adds beautiful hues in the tank. It features tentacles that are longer than the most other anemones. Since the Long Tentacle Anemone does not bother any invertebrates, it is considered reef safe species. It grows up to 20 inches and should be kept in tank not less than 30+ gallons. The Long Tentacle Anemone thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Long Tentacle Anemone has very long, smooth, thick tentacles that originate from a round flat oral disk and that make a captivating specimen in the tank. It is very hardy if kept under moderately good lighting and a sand or rubble substrate in which it can hide. The Long Tentacle Anemone undergoes photosynthesis with the help of entrapped zooxanthellae in its tissues. It can also be fed with small pieces of fish or mussel, brine or mysis shrimp for its continued good health. The Long Tentacle Anemone is also referred to as the Corkscrew Anemone, Sand Anemone, Red Base Anemone, and Long Tentacle Red Base Anemone. It requires an aquarium with 4 inches of sand or rubble substrate in which it can hide. The Long Tentacle Anemone thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4.
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.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, Turbo21