Giant Mushroom Anemone (Amplexidiscus fenestrafer)

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Giant Mushroom Anemone

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Giant Mushroom Anemone

Amplexidiscus fenestrafer

379 Litres (100 US G.)

25.4-30.5cm (10-12 ")


8.1 - 8.4

23 -25 °C (73.4-77°F)

8-18 °d

Live Foods
Other (See article)

12-25 years

Alternative names[edit | edit source]

Giant Cup Mushroom Coral, Giant Disc Anemone, Giant Mushroom Anemone, Giant Flower Coral, Large Elephant Ear, Giant Coral Anemone, Pizza Anemone

Sexing[edit | edit source]

This anemone is hermaphroditic. It reproduces typically by pedal laceration or budding, but fission is occasional.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Best kept in a species tank or carefully with other corals as this anemone will eat fish. Fish will usually learn to avoid the anemone, but it will always be a risk.

Diet[edit | edit source]

This anemone will actively eat fish if they're available by forming a ball around them so they are unable to escape. In captivity it should be fed large meals of Artemia and other plankton-like foods. It also receives some of its nutritional requirements from the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once a day.

Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]

Due to its tendency to eat fish, it's best kept in a large tank without fish and with a sandy substrate and large rocks. Medium light levels with low current is preferred.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A fish-eating anemone.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A distinctive anemone, it has a very wide flat tentacle base which, when open, does resemble a pizza, giving rise to one of its common names. It is capable of folding this up like a ball when a fish brushes past. Colour forms include green, brown and tan.

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