Long Tentacle Anemone – Purple (Macrodactyla doreensis) Care
The Long Tentacle Anemone, Macrodactyla doreensis, is also known as the Corkscrew Anemone. These anemones come from the Indo-West Pacific region. Although they can grow up to 20″ in diameter, they do not typically get that large in an aquarium. They are most often seen in purple, white, green, and tan/brown.
Anemone’s are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp. You can feed your anemone small pieces of shrimp and fish – make sure that the pieces are smaller than the anemone’s oral disc. They only need to be fed about once a week.
Long Tentacle Anemones can be housed in tanks as small as 30 gallons with a deep sand bed. They require moderate lighting and medium water flow. These anemones are photosynthetic invertebrates that use a foot to move around until they find a place with the best lighting and water flow. It is important to make sure that you have a cover on any wavemakers or pumps so they do not get caught in them.
These anemones are semi-aggressive and will sting other anemones and corals that they consider a threat.
Long Tentacle Anemones will host a few, but not all, species of clownfish.