Giant Green Anemone
The Giant Green Anemone
The Giant Green Anemone is one of the most fantastic and amazing anemones. They can be quite huge and green. They look fairly like a plant or flower, but they are actually animals. This beautiful sea anemone has an extraordinary symbiotic relationship with an algae living in its tissues. This algae, is known as Zooxanthellae. This alga provides nourishment to this Giant Green Anemone. Under strong sunlight the algae is encouraged to develop and the Giant Green Anemone gets its green color.
Giant Green Anemones Habitat
Giant Green Anemones are found in cold waters on vertical rock walls that are found in the shade. They are found single or in small groups. They will actually draw back their tentacles and close up if the water is light during low tides. This cold water Giant Green Anemones feed on sea urchins, crabs, and dislodged mussels. They use their venomous cells which are found in their tentacles to harm and prevent any possible threats or attacks.
Appearance of Giant Green Anemones
Giant Green Anemones can grow up to 7” in diameter and can reach as tall as 12". It has a spongy and squishy body that is plane when open. The pedal column has a clammy foot that they use to stick to various surfaces. They also use their foot to move around if conditions of water environment are not ideal. The color of the pedal column is olive-green and the mouth is at the center. The tentacles are short, thick and narrow at the ends. They are generally light green. The mouth will open when they are hungry. The Giant Green Anemones take food in and expel waste through their mouth.
Giant green anemone foods and feeding
The Giant Green Anemone is a carnivore creature. In their natural habitat they eat urchins, small fish, krill, crabs, and dislodged mussels. In captivity you can feed your Giant Green anemone with chopped silversides, krill, mussels, shrimp and fresh chopped fish. Since cold water anemones have much slower metabolisms rate, therefore feed only once a week or thrice a month.
Giant Green Anemones Aquarium Care
Change water 20% to 30% in a month. Check your water quality and adjust your water changes accordingly. One of these average sized Giant Green amemones is equal to one deep sea fish. As far as waste production is concerned, Purigen and Poly fiber are good products which help to maintain water quality. Purigen is an artificial polymer that removes soluble and insoluble impurities from water at an extremely high rate.
Giant Green Anemones Life Cycles
It is unknown how long they survive, in fact some anemones can be hundreds of years old in their natural habitat, and in captivity have been known to last for 90 years or more.
Giant Green Anemones Color
The colors of the Giant Green Anemone are very attractive. The color of the pedal column is olive-green and brown. The tentacles are greenish, bluish, or white with no stripes or markings. This beautiful and attractive sea anemone has a special relationship with an algae living in its tissues. When provided strong sunlight the algae are optimistic to grow and the anemone gets its green color. When the anemone is away from the sun the algae is inhibited, so the anemone is less bright or sometimes almost white.