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Curly Q Anemone
Bartholomea annulata
 
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 1-3 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Monitor when roaming
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Meaty Foods and Strong Light
Origin: Caribbean
Acclimation Time: Temperature Acclimate
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:
  
  

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.

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