Sea Anemone

There has been a growing level of popularity for the Sea Anemone in home aquariums over the years, with one of the most sought-after experiences of having a pair of Clownfish happily hosted by one.

There are 10 different types of anemones that are known to host Clownfish and many others that don’t that are great additions for your tank. Many of these specimens are considered very hardy with most being easy to care for in your home aquarium.

The Sebae Anemone

Many species of anemones are readily available for purchase, but each species has its own requirements in a captive situation and some do require more expert care. When purchasing an anemone, it is extremely important to choose the right one for you tank as well as a healthy one. Most anemones will do will in a reef tank, but some are best kept in a saltwater tank and not as part of a reef setup.

Many anemones are considered to be very durable once they are comfortable and established in your tank. However, some anemones will not do well in captivity or are not placed into the right types of setups. Some types you need to be very cautious of or only keep once you are well prepared for them. A good example of this is the Rock Anemone “Aiptasia” and the Stinging Sea Anemones found in the Actinodendronidae family. Proper research into your desired anemone will ensure you have a successful purchase and a long and healthy life span of both your chosen anemone and other corals.

Stings from a Sea Anemone

Many anemones have the ability to sting quite badly, one of these is the Carpet Anemones in the Cryptodendrum genus (previously Stoichactis), Condy Anemones in the Condylactis genus, Tube Anemones in the Pachycerianthus genus and the Heteractis genus. Anemones found in the family of Actinodendronidae have very dangerous stings, these are the “stinging sea anemones”

When touching them, most anemones will feel a bit sticky, and can cause a stinging sensation followed by a rash. This area can stat of as a small rash and the spread quickly along the body. Most people will just suffer some small irritation, but some can have more serious allergic reactions to the poison. In some rare cases, people have suffered anaphylactic shock and have a respiratory shutdown.

Stings can be painful from anemones or fish that are venomous. Relief from these stings should be done through immediate treatment. These methods can also relive the pain from venomous fish bites.

  • Start by rinsing the area with alcohol or vinegar
  • Make a paste out of 50% sodium bicarbonate and 50% water, then cover the wound
  • Once the paste has dried, dust the wounded area with talcum powder or papain (an ingredient sold for meat tenderizing) which will help neutralize the venom.