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Cinnamon Clownfish Anemones

Q

Dear Aquaworld,

What kind of anemone is suitable for cinnamon clownfish.


Donald Carswell
Griffin Spaulding, Georgia

A

Dear Donald,

Cinnamon Clownfish (Amphiprion melanopus) with Ritteri Anemone (Heteractis magnifica)

Pictured above is a Cinnamon Clownfish (Amphiprion melanopus) with a Ritteri Anemone (Heteractis magnifica).

The Cinnamon Clownfish (Amphiprion melanopus) prefers anemones that live on rocks like the Bubble Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor), Ritteri (Heteractis magnifica), and the Sebae (Heteractis crispa).  The Bubble Anemone is usually considered the hardiest and should be your first choice of anemones to pair with this Clownfish.  Cinnamon Clownfish will often accept a Long Tentacle Anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis), but this anemones likes to bury it's foot in the sand.  This can cause problems as the Cinnamon Clownfish will try to move sand away from the foot of the anemone by fanning the sand quickly with it's tail, causing sand to build up in places you may not want it.  Bubble Anemones like to hide their foot in a crevice in the rock, so make sure you can create a place in the aquarium the anemone will like, otherwise it will move around tank.

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Clownfish and their Host Anemones in the Aquarium
Pairing Clownfish with Anemones

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