Anemones are one of the most fascinating creatures you can keep in your tank. Equal parts flower, venus fly trap, and alien, Anemones require a mature tank that can maintain strict water parameters. If you’ve had sustained success keeping corals (especially SPS Corals), you are likely ready to invite these strange and wonderful creatures into your life.
Because Anemones are a single organism instead of a colony, they are much more sensitive to change than other corals, and every species of Anemone has its own special needs that must be researched and strictly maintained to achieve success. That being said, all Anemones need high quality water that is free of debris with high levels of dissolved oxygen and constant temperature, salinity, pH and alkalinity levels. Phosphate, ammonia and nitrite levels should be as close to 0 as possible and nitrate should be no more than 2 ppm. Maintaining these standards can be difficult for a new tank so we recommend you allow your tank to “mature” for six months to a year before attempting to keep Anemones.Read More
In addition, Anemones need good water movement and flow, as well as strong lighting in order to thrive. If an Anemone doesn’t like where it’s located, it will move, stinging any other corals in their space or possibly getting caught in pumps or powerheads. So keep an eye on the neighbors and screen your intakes to avoid disaster.
While not for the casual aquarist, Anemones can be a strange and beautiful addition to any tank. Scroll below to explore all the wonderful Anemones we have to offer.