One of the most striking anemones, the Red Carpet Anemone, will host a wide variety of clownfish including Pink Skunk, Orange Skunk, Ocellaris, Percula, and Clarkii Clownfish. Keeping the anemone with a clownfish will help it acclimate faster since the clownfish will feed it scraps of food.
The Red Carpet anemone has a potent sting that may harm other anemones or corals as it moves about the aquarium. Provide it with several areas where it can anchor its column in the substrate. Be ready to move corals out of its way if it should choose to anchor too close to them. Do not try to move the anemone once anchored because its column, or foot, can be easily torn. Most anemones will die from a torn column. The carpet anemone can trap and eat small fishes, however most fish know to stay away.
The carpet anemone is one of the few anemones that can cause a severe allergic reaction in humans. Do yourself a favor and wear safety goggles and gloves when handling Carpet Anemones. When placing the anemone try to support it from its slippery underside. Do not use tongs, and do not touch this anemone with bare hands. Remember you will need two healthy eyes to fully appreciate the beauty of this Anemone. Trust us, "carpet juice" in the eye is not fun and can take weeks to heal.
Lighting & Flow Requirements:
The Red Aneomne requires moderate to high water flow and moderate to high lighting (PAR 220-400). T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all maintain Carpet Anemones when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
It is important that proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) are maintained. Raising magnesium levels gradually up to 1400-1600 ppm can help to combat algae outbreaks, just keep CA and Alk in line as you raise the Mg. Nitrates should be below 10 ppm and phosphates should be below .10 ppm. We recommend doing a water change when Nitrate levels rise to 10 ppm. It is important to replace your phosphate media when phosphates rise to .10 ppm. Media Reactors make the most efficient use of your phosphate media by fluidizing it.
Vivid Aquariums uses and recommends dosing pumps to automate the dosing of additives and keep your levels more constant. A dosing pump can alleviate the chore of manually dosing your aquarium with Ca, Alk, & Mg 2,3, or 4 times per week and will benefit your aquarium by keeping your levels constant through frequent small additions of Ca, Alk, & Mg. Our tanks all progressed when we switched from 3 manual dosings per week to 70 automatic dosings per week and we got a lot more work done.
Try creating an "Anemone Lagoon" using rocks to create three sides. Provide 3"-4" of sand for the Red Carpet Anemone to anchor its foot. Dig a hole in the sand, turn down the flow, and place the Carpet Anemone in the hole. Try to minimize handling and support it by its slippery foot as much as possible. Remember Carpet Anemones have a potent sting. Always wear gloves and safety goggles when handling Carpet Anemones. Longer gloves will help protect your more vulnerable forearms. Leave 3"-5" between the anemone and nearby corals.
Feed large pieces of silverside, squid, shrimp, and other meaty foods several times a week. Use a feeder stick and touch the piece of food against the anemone. Its sticky tentacles will grab onto the food. Be careful not to poke the anemone.
Always wear safety goggles and gloves when handling Carpet Anemones.