Mini Maxi Carpet Anemone
Invert Type: Anemones
Scientific Name: Stichodactyla tapetum
Reef Safe: Yes
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of: Felicia McCaulley
The easy to keep Mini Maxi Carpet Anemone is a great anemone for a nano aquarium that couldn’t house a large anemone. They come in a variety of bright colors, so a “garden” of mini maxi carpet anemones of many different colors looks amazing in a large tank. Once they have settled, they don’t move around the aquarium much, so they aren’t as much of a threat to corals as some other anemones. This species hosts many different crustaceans like the sexy dancer shrimp, anemone shrimp, and porcelain anemone crabs, but does not naturally host clownfish. Corals shouldn’t be placed too close to the anemone to avoid its sting. This anemone is very sticky and some people can have a reaction to its sting, so please wear gloves when handling and only touch the base, avoiding the sticky tentacles. Like most other anemones, this species will thrive in an established tank with high lighting, flow, and good water quality. Feed meaty foods like mysis, brine shrimp, or chopped shrimp at least once a week.