Introducing the mesmerizing Curlique Sea Anemone, (Bartholomea annulata). This exquisite marine invertebrate is a true marvel to behold in any saltwater aquarium. With its graceful tentacles and vibrant colors, the Curlique Sea Anemone is sure to captivate both beginner and experienced aquarists alike.
Originating from the tropical waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, this species showcases a unique combination of shades, ranging from vibrant greens to mesmerizing purples and pinks. The tentacles of the Curlique Sea Anemone feature a distinctive curling pattern, adding to its allure and earning it its common name.
Aquarium Setup: Provide a well-established aquarium with a minimum capacity of 20 gallons to accommodate the needs of the Curlique Sea Anemone. Maintain stable water parameters with a temperature range of 75-80°F (24-27°C), a pH level of 8.1-8.4, and a salinity of 1.023-1.025.
Lighting: These anemones thrive under moderate to high lighting conditions. Ensure the aquarium has appropriate lighting, preferably with a spectrum that includes blue and actinic light to mimic natural marine environments.
Water Flow: Curlique Sea Anemones prefer a gentle to moderate water flow within the aquarium. Use powerheads or wave makers to achieve optimal water movement and create a comfortable environment for the anemone.
Feeding: The Curlique Sea Anemone is primarily photosynthetic, obtaining nutrition through a symbiotic relationship with photosynthetic algae called zooxanthellae. However, they also require supplementary feeding to thrive. Provide small meaty foods, such as mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, or finely chopped fish or shrimp. Feed the anemone two to three times a week, adjusting the quantity based on its appetite and the size of the specimen.
Compatibility: It's important to ensure suitable tank mates for the Curlique Sea Anemone. Avoid keeping them with aggressive or predatory fish, as they can damage or consume the anemone. Compatible tank mates include peaceful reef-safe fish, such as clownfish, gobies, and small wrasses.
Hiding Places: Provide ample hiding places for the Curlique Sea Anemone. Live rock or reef structures can offer the anemone suitable surfaces to attach its foot and seek shelter. Ensure there is sufficient space between the anemone and other coral specimens to prevent stinging or aggression.
Water Quality: Regularly test the water parameters, including ammonia, nitrate, and phosphate levels, to maintain optimal water quality. Perform regular water changes of 10-20% every two weeks to remove accumulated toxins and maintain stable conditions.
By following these care requirements, you can create a stunning marine aquarium showcasing the enchanting beauty of the Curlique Sea Anemone. Observe its delicate movements, vibrant colors, and symbiotic nature, and enjoy the breathtaking presence it brings to your aquatic environment.