Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Sebae Anemones (Heteractis crispa) are a great starter anemone for your saltwater tank.
The rest of the story: Sebae anemones are a very tempting anemone to keep as they come in a variety of colors and they mostly attach to where your sand meets your rock work – far from most sensitive SPS corals.
However, sebae anemones are difficult anemones to keep and should only be attempted by the advanced hobbyist who has a lot of free time to carefully watch and care for the animal. Getting the anemone to attach and settle in to your tank is the first big hurdle where most people fail. This step alone requires watching the anemone to make sure it doesn’t get blown away by the current, yet knowing when to move the anemone when it doesn’t appear comfortable. In other words, patience and a innate sense of when the animal needs your intervention and when it needs to handle the situation on its own. Neither of these traits are ones I associate with newbie hobbyists.
I’ve also talked to several advanced saltwater aquarists and unfortunately there was no common advice on how to succeed with sebaes. For an animal to be easy to keep I can usually find at least some common ground for success amongst advanced saltwater aquarists. If you’re thinking about a sebae, go for a bubble tip (Entacmaea quadricolor) instead.Browse the Store! Questions?