New Crazy Addition: Fire Anemone

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Eight, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Eight

    Eight Guest

    So I've been eyeing a Fire Anemone for awhile now and finally decided to pull the trigger. He looks amazing. This isn't exactly him, but very close.

    (Vendor pic)

    Right now he's the only inhabitant in a little 5 gallon tank plumbed off my Elos 80. I'm afraid to put him into the larger tanks for fear of him eating and killing a bunch of stuff.

    Gonna see how much he moves around and then go from there. Amazing creature. (And yes, I know I can't handle him without gloves. :)
  2. adolfo425

    adolfo425 Guest

    Very Nice. Great color.
  3. sid700

    sid700 Supporting Member

    What's the scientific name?
  4. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    Congrats. Wish I could take one on. Incredible colors.
  5. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    One potent killer you have there.
  6. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    These are they guys with the extremely painful sting, right? Dangerous Beauty applies here :p
  7. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Yup. Some people react horribly to the sting, as in go into shock.
  8. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    Now, that's the kind of addiction I can get into.
  9. DurTBear

    DurTBear Guest

    Wow that's a crazy looking animal!
  10. Eight

    Eight Guest

    I believe the Genus is: Actinodendron. The colors really are crazy and the tentacles are too. They're all weird and range from feathery, to tentacly to bubbly.

    Here's a page on them:

    Apparently they are pretty hardy anemones, similar in care to BTAs, but as Tony and Gresh mention they have a horrible, nasty sting, many times worse than anything a BTA could do. Thus you have to be careful with handling them or with any fish and other corals which may come into contact with it.

    For now, he seems quite happy and has settled onto his own piece of liverock and hasn't moved from there. If he stays put, he might graduate into my my smaller display tank which only has a single large watchman Goby. I'll have to see if I can position him in such a way that the Goby has minimal chances of running into the anemone.
  11. slim_jim989

    slim_jim989 Guest

    I have seen one of these guys at a pet store in Washington. The guy working there said he was stung once and it hurt like he'll. Crazy looking tho almost looks like a bunch of colt trees or Kenya together.
  12. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I've seen the burn left by the sting on a few divers. nasty nasty scars.
  13. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Saw some over at DPV awhile back. Beautiful, but too deadly for me. :p
  14. Eight

    Eight Guest

    You guys gotta live on the edge more!

    I'm gonna pick up some fire coral, a few volitans lions, scorpionfish and a blue ring octo next.
  15. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    FWIW I've been hit and it didn't really phase me as much as some other things, but, that just means I am not sensitive to them :) Ditto with lions, fire coral and scorpions. Never had the urge to handle blue rings though :lol:

    The divers with the burns hit them diving, they weren't handling them. I suspect they'll loose some potency in aquaria as well.
  16. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    I prefer to put my hands in the tank without gloves. :D
  17. sid700

    sid700 Supporting Member

    Does this thing hosts clownfish?
  18. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    for a brief second, then it eats them ;)

    Nope, not fish or mobile invert safe.
  19. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    tons of other stuff can happen with out having these animals in your tank. nasty nasty infections, some can kill you, others will just cause lotsa pain and major drugs to get rid of. Out tanks are a cesspool of Vibrios and what nots.
  20. screebo

    screebo Supporting Member

    When diving in Fiji, I saw lots of Fire Worms, similar feathery looking guys with a very nasty sting!

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