ID - Tropical Straberry Anemone?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Piper, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Piper

    Piper Guppy

    I have two small anemone like animals in my tank that I'd like to see if I can get some help to ID. They look very close to the temperate strawberry anemone in size and structure but not exactly color. They are close but just not quite as vibrant as the strawberry anemone. I've had two of them for about 2 months that I know of. They seem to be nocturnal for the most part. One is buried under some polyps directly under my Kessil LED (full light) and only seems to open up at night after the lights go out. You wouldn't know he was there if you looked during the day in fact. The polyps cover it up. The other one is down under a ledge just below the other one. You can see it during the day if you know what you're looking for and is real easy to spot after the lights go out.

    Pics linked below:

    The first 4 pics are of the one under the ledge which is a bit easier to see. The last 3 pics are of the one in the middle of the polyps. The flash really washes the color out on this one though.

    The base is about 1/4" in diameter and it's deep red/maroon in color. The disc expands to about 1/2"-3/4" when open. The tentacles are a very opaque with white bulb tips on the end.

    It doesn't seem to bother anything surrounding it during the day. The polyps surrounding the upper one do close up when it comes out but it hasn't killed any of them off at this point. Neither have moved since I've found them. I haven't located any more to date.

    Any ideas on what it might be?

  2. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Looks like what ive seen called ball anemones before
  3. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    Pics 2-4 look like a Yuma. I can't make out what's in the zoa's.
  4. Piper

    Piper Guppy

    Thanks Guys. I googled ball anemone and that looks like what they are. Sounds like they are more of a Corallimorpharian than an anemone too.

  5. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    Pseudocorynactis sp. comes to mind.
  6. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    If you are talking about the thing in the middle of your zoanthids, it is stinging them.
    Cut it out like a cancer ;/
    Or if you like it, leave it alone and let it make room for itself.
    But yes it is an anemone. You decide if it is an enemy.

    BAYMAC Guest


    The poster above me is wrong. They don't sting zoas or palys. Both take out the anemones.

    I like em and enjoy them in my tank. I have never had in issue in a decade plus of keeping them.
  8. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    The pic with the "nem" in the middle of the zoanthids that are closed and shying away appear to be bothered by it.
  9. Piper

    Piper Guppy

    They've been there for a couple of months that I know of and still in the same spots. So far all I can find the are two that I originally found on the same rock. They don't appear to be spreading. The one in the middle of zoas does seem like it's bothering them; they are all closed up at night around it. But they are still alive and well when the lights are on.

    As long as they don't multiply to plague proportions I'm going to leave them be.

  10. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    I've seen some colonial forms of Psuedocorynactis, but all of the ones I have had in my aquariums have been seemingly solitary critters. Contrary to:

    I've not personally had any problems with these animals in my reef tank with other corals, however YMMV, I suppose. FWIW, I think they're very interesting, and pretty neat in a reef tank.
  11. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    That is better... "appears" is MUCh less definite then your first go around:

  12. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Thanks so much for you correction professor
  13. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Hey, no problem Erin. Glad I can help people like you that need some hand holding.
  14. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    #win lol :p
  15. iani

    iani Guest

    This is not the kind of post that should be applauded or condoned on the BAR forum.
  16. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

  17. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Nor was what I replied to.

    Curious, stil on the BOD?
  18. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    /insert "two wrongs dont make it right" image.
  19. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    lol this is entertaining.
  20. iani

    iani Guest

    No one encouraged the post that you replied to. Obviously you know a post of that nature is not ok, so why even post it? I am no longer on the BOD as the sponsorship coordinator. Some of us were still on to smooth the transition between the new and the old BOD.

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