Maxi-Mini Carpet Anemone
Scientific Name: Stichodactyla tapetum
Reef Compatibility: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gal
Max Size: 6"
Notes: Although the Mini Carpet anemone can sting like other anemones and Rhodactis mushrooms, it is not an aggressive anemone. Its small size and easy care makes it perfect for the novice aquarist and nano-aquarium enthusiasts. Unlike its larger cousins, Stichodactyla haddoni and Stichodactyla gigantea, the Mini Carpet Anemone isn't known to act as a host to clownfish species. Anemone crabs and anemone shrimp seem to enjoy them, having often been observed on and around them in the wild.
Originating from the Red Sea, the Eastern Coast of Africa continuing across the Indo-Pacific to southern Japan, then south to Great Barrier Reef, the Mini Carpet Anemone requires a tank with strong lighting and good water movement. The aquarium should have a variety of sandy and rocky locations as this animal oftentimes can move about and seek refuge in a place it prefers. Once settled into a preferred location, these anemones will normally stay put.
When healthy, this anemone is very sticky to the touch, and when they grasp something (or someone), it is very difficult to convince it to let go without damaging the animal. It is also one of the few anemones that can cause a severe reaction in humans, so keeping one requires care in handling.
For proper care, a fully established aquarium, with perfect water chemistry, adequate flow and strong illumination, along with weekly or even daily feeding will benefit your Mini Carpet anemone. Ideal foods consist of small chunks of fresh fish, small pieces uncooked shrimp, and other meaty marine foods such as Mysis and Brine shrimp.