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Reef Haitian Anemone - Condylactis species - Condy Anemone - Atlantic Anemone - Haitian Anemone

Reef Haitian Anemone - Condylactis species - Condy Anemone - Atlantic Anemone - Haitian Anemone
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Taxonomy: Reef Haitian Anemone belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa, Order Actinaria, Family Actiniidae and Genus Condylactis.

Scientific names: The scientific name of Reef Haitian Anemone is Condylactis species. One of the commonly occurring species of Reef Haitian Anemone is Condylactis passiflora.

Other common names: Reef Haitian Anemone is also commonly called as the Hiatian Anemone, Atlantic Anemone, Pink Tip Anemone, Haitian Condylactis and Condy Anemone.

Origin or natural range: The Condylactis species is found in the Indo – Pacific region, the Caribbean Sea and the Western Atlantic Ocean.

Color: Reef Haitian Anemone occurs in green, purple, pink, tan, brown and white colors.

Compatibility: The Condylactis species is aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates.

Habit & Habitat:

  • In their natural habitat, Reef Haitian Anemone is found solitarily or in loose groups on lagoons or on inner reefs and hides its base in the sand or rubble with only its tentacles exposed.
  • The tentacles of the Condylactis species apart from helping in feeding, work as a defense mechanism for the Anemone as well.
  • Reef Haitian Anemone is quite hardy and is beautiful to look at.
  • The oral disc of the Condylactis species is sixteen inches or forty centimeters in diameter.
  • Reef Haitian Anemone has single polyp with white, long tentacles having pink, magenta or purple colored tips.
  • The tips of tentacles have stinging cells, nematocysts.
  • The mouth of the Condylactis species is a slit and is situated at the center of the Anemone’s body.
  • Reef Haitian Anemone lacks anus and therefore, its mouth functions as anus also.
  • The base of the Condylactis species is orange or red in color.
Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium:
  • Temperature of water: Seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Specific gravity of water: 1.023 to 1.025
  • pH of water: 8.10 to 8.40.
  • Water flow in the aquarium: Reef Haitian Anemone needs moderate water flow in the marine aquarium hosting it.
  • Illumination: Reef Haitian Anemone requires high intensity illumination in the reef aquarium it inhabits.
  • Habit & habitat:
  • To host Reef Haitian Anemone, you should have a reef-type marine aquarium with Live Rock, sand and Crustaceans in it.
  • Before introducing the Condylactis species into your marine aquarium, take it out of the shipped packet and put it into clean salt water for half an hour.
  • Keep the other marine aquarium invertebrates quite far off Reef Haitian Anemone as the later may sting them badly if obstructed while spreading.
  • In a marine aquarium, the diameter of oral disk of the Condylactis species may grow to a size of around four inches or ten centimeters.
  • Feeding & Nutrition:
  • The Condylactis species derives its nutrition chiefly through photosynthesis which is performed by zooxanthellae, an acellular photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within the Anemone.
  • Reef Haitian Anemone is Carnivorous in feeding habit and filter feeds once every fortnight, when open.
  • The Condylactis species eats acellular marine invertebrates, the meaty bits of shrimp, fish, krill, squid and silversides, Mysis Shrimp, zooplankton and phytoplankton.
  • As soon as the prey touches the tentacles of Reef Haitian Anemone, the food is stung by the nematocysts in the tentacles of the Anemone. As a result, the prey paralyzes and is carried by the tentacles to the mouth of Reef Haitian Anemone.
  • Add Iodine and trace elements as dietary supplements for the Condylactis species.
Care: Reef Haitian Anemone requires moderate care.

  • The Condylactis species has powerful sting and therefore, keep the other marine aquarium invertebrates at a very safe distance from the Anemone.
  • Reef Haitian Anemone may even sting you and the toxins released thereof can lead to allergic reactions in your body. In case you come up with any type of abnormality after handling Reef Haitian Anemone, seek medical help without any delay.
  • As you can also get stung by Reef Haitian Anemone, be very careful while handling the Anemone. Don’t forget to wear your plastic gloves when touching Reef Haitian Anemone.
  • Its better not to opt for Reef Haitian Anemone in your reef aquarium as its sting is quite lethal and it also moves around risking all the members of the tank.

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