Ritteri Anemone are classified as Radianthus ritteri. Its scientific name is Heteractis magnifica. Some other common names are Maroon Anemone, and Yellow Tipped Long Tentacle Anemone, Purple Base Anemone, and Bulb-Tip Anemome. Ritteri Anemone is a clown host anemone. It has a deep body coloration ranging from avocado green to greenish-brown.
Life Cycles :
Ritteri Anemone can grow up to 40 inch but it is mysterious how long they exist. Some anemones can be hundreds of years old in their natural habitat, and in captivity some have been known to last 90 years or more.
Anemones in general can increase by sexual and asexual means. With the help of fission, they actually divide in half from the foot or mouth to shape as a clone. Although the clone are similar as twins. They will also breed using male and female sex organs or find another anemone of the contrary sex. This results in the making of ciliated planula larvae. This planula will ultimately fall to the sea floor, build up a pedal disk, and then will start to grow into a new anemone.
Compatibility and Social Behaviors :
All anemones are semi-violent because they are portable. Ritteri Anemone will travel, often re-positioning itself to get sufficient lighting and abundance of food. It has often been recommended to not to put anemones in reef surroundings since corals cannot travel away from the stinging tentacles.You need to give your anemone a suitable place to live in the aquarium so, that it does not get disturbed by the other tank mates.
Foods and Feeding :
Ritteri Anemone is a carnivore creature. In the wild, these Ritteri Anemone are well prepared with nutritional alternatives for their well-being. They obtain daily nutrition from their symbiotic algae that is zooxanthellae, which are found within their tissues. They also utilize their poisonous cells or nematocyst found in their tentacles to sting and confine prey. They suck up nutrients from the water around them and they eat wastes from dweller animals like clownfish.
Potential Problems :
Problems for the wonderful Sea Anemone are pretty negligible if your illumination, water movement, feeding and water value are low, then your anemone will separate from rest of the tank mates and look for better conditions..In general, if your anemone travel, that means it is not happy with their mates some predators like, it can be anemones too, sea star and angelfish or even Bristle worms also have been known to annoy and chew them.
Ritteri Anemone Care :
Ritteri Anemone can be hard to care for. They have soaring lighting needs and must be in a big enough aquariums to suit their ultimate size. They need suitable water movement and standard feeding. In fact, a lack of food is thought to be the second main reason for their downfall in captivity. Placing an anemone in a new fresh tank will result in failure. The tank should be at least one and half-year old and secure before adding your new Ritteri Anemone.
Aquarium Care :
Water should be changed 20% every month. Watch your water quality and adjust your water changes consequently. This anemone will not do well with changeable salinity. Keeping salinity constant with a top off mechanism is highly recommended. A high-quality protein skimmer is a must.