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
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