The Malu Anemone is a delicate and beautiful anemone. It can be difficult for it to acclimate in a new environment, and its care should only be attempted by an experienced aquarists. The Malu Anemone prefers to stay under the sand so that it can hide its base, therefore a thick sand bed is advised to be kept in the aquarium. It requires a strong lighting, moderate water flow, and a variety of sandy and rocky locations to survive. The Malu Anemone is moderately difficult anemone to care for, but once it is established, it can be very hardy. The Malu Anemone is photosynthetic, and gets its food and nutrition with the help of the symbiotic algae present inside its tissues. It can also be fed with fish, worms, clams, shrimp, and other meaty foods once a week for its continued good health. The Malu Anemone is mainly known for its brilliant coloration and short plump tentacles. It should be kept in a tank not less than 20 gallons if kept singly. The Malu Anemone possesses very sticky tentacles that act as potent sting, which they use to kill small fish and invertebrate species, and to defend themselves from other corals.
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.