Bubbletip Anemone


Scientific Name: Entacmaea quadricolor

Invertebrate Care

Diet: Carnivore
Aggressiveness: Average
Reef Safe: Yes
Relative Care: Moderate


The Bubbletip Anemone is a very popular saltwater aquarium anemone. It is a fairly easy reef invertebrate to keep for beginners and is rewarding in that it can grow quite large and reproduces by splitting into multiple anemones. It will sometimes server as a host to clownfish, but that is typically determined by the clownfish. It benefits from pellet (LPS type) feeding. If you are feeding the fish near the anemone it will capture food by itself.

Bubbletip Anemones come in multiple colors including red, green, and a rainbow that is dependent on the aquarium lighting.  Pictured is the “Rose” variation.

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Lighting: Moderate
Waterflow: Medium
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size: 1′
Supplements: Iodine, Trace Elements

Further reading:

The Effects Of Lighting On Bulb-tip Development In The Bulb Tentacle Anemone, Entacmaea quadricolor (Rüppell And Leukart, 1828), With Additional Observations On Sexual Reproduction In E. quadricolor And Stichodactyla gigantea (Forsskål, 1775)

The Latezonatus & Clarkii Groups