BUBBLE TIP ANEMONE
(ENTACRMAEA QUADRICOLAR)


The Bubble Tip Anemone is often referred to as the Four-colored, Bulb Tentacle, Bulb Tip, or Bulb Anemone. Red variations may be referred to as Rose Anemones. The appearance of the Bubble Tip Anemone can vary greatly from one individual to the next. Under intense lighting, the tentacles will develop bulbs at the tips.

The Bulb Anemone is usually found in coral rubble, or in solid reefs. Its pedal disc is usually attached deep within dead coral. It stretches its tentacles to become sweeper tentacles when hungry. That is, the tentacles become elongated to capture a meal, then the tentacles shorten and the bubble tips return.

Handle this invertebrate, and all Anemones, with care. They can sting other Anemones, as well as Corals.

The Bubble Tip Anemone needs strong illumination with live rock full of deep holes and crevices, or branchy corals placed in sand. Larger specimens tend to be from deeper water, but may tolerate a strong lighting set-up. It is generally a hardy reef animal, if maintained in the proper tank set up with strong illumination and excellent water conditions. It should be kept with a Clownfish for best results. At times, the tentacles may appear stringy; this may be due to insufficient light or the need for food.

Its diet should include chopped fish, shrimp, or worms if a clownfish is not present.

The Small bubble tip anemones from Fiji and Tonga are typically colored in shades of brown, tan or maroon with an occasional green specimen. The Medium and Large bubble tip anemones from Singapore are typically green in color and may have a maroon base.