Taxonomy: Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Cnidaria, Genus Heteractis and Species crispa.
Scientific names: The scientific name for Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle is Heteractis crispa.
Other common names: Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle is also commonly known as Leather Anemone, Radianthus Keukenthali, Purple Tip Anemone, Pink Tip Anemone, Long Tentacle Anemone, Sebae Anemone and Leathery Anemone.
Animal Type: Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle is a Polypoid Cnidarian or Coelenterate.
Origin or natural range: Heteractis crispa is found in Tonga and Fiji.
Color: Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle occurs in purple, pink, brown, tan and green colors.
Compatibility: Heteractis crispa is aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates.
Habit & Habitat: Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle shares a symbiotic relationship with a variety of clownfish such as, Clark’s, Bluestripe, Cinnamon, Oman, Orange Skunk, Pink Skunk, Percula, True Percula, Saddleback, Red Saddleback, White-band, Two-band, Three-band, Tomato, Barrier Reef White Bonnet, Maroon, Gold Band Maroon, Yellow Stripe Maroon, Sebae and Clarkii to name some. In fact, Heteractis crispa can host nearly any type of clownfish.
Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium:
- The appearance of Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle varies considerably according to its environmental conditions.
- The column of Heteractis crispa is strong, leathery and is buried in the substrate in its habitat.
- The tentacles of Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle are long, pointed and generally purple in color. In some Anemones, the tips of tentacles may be yellowish-green as a variant.
- 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: Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle needs moderate water flow in the reef aquarium hosting it.
- Heteractis crispa requires high intensity lighting in the marine tank it inhabits.
- 400 Watts Metal Halide lighting is recommended for Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle. Actinic lighting is also fine.
- In a marine aquarium, Heteractis crispa grows up to a diameter of 18” with 5”-6” long tentacles.
- Habit & habitat:
- Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle may move around in your aquarium till it finds a suitable place to settle down on sand or on rock.
- Keep Heteractis crispa as far from the other corals as possible since the Anemone may sting the corals badly upon contact.
- Feeding & Nutrition:
- Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle derives its nutrition mainly through photosynthesis which is performed by zooxanthellae, an acellular photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within the Anemone.
- Heteractis crispa is Carnivorous in feeding habit and filter feeds a few times per week, when open.
- Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle eats acellular marine invertebrates, Mysis Shrimp, the meaty bits of shrimp and silversides, fish, krill, mussels, zooplankton and phytoplankton.
- Slightly dissolved organic matter boosts Heteractis crispa’s growth. Protein skimmer should be used.
- Keep the nitrates level in the water as low as possible.
- Add Iodine to the water as dietary supplement for Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle.
- Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle is difficult to maintain.
- The environmental conditions required by Heteractis crispa must be strictly adhered to else, the Anemone may die off.
- If the tips of the tentacles of Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle are stretched out but stringy for long time then it implies that the Anemone is not getting enough food or light.
- Bristleworms may harm Heteractis crispa. The extended but stringy tentacles of Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle for quite some time are indicative of the damage by bristleworms.
The sting of Sebae Anemone - Long Tentacle is powerful. Therefore, keep the corals at a safe distance from it in your marine aquarium to prevent them from getting stung by the Anemone.