Giant Golden Anemone Pink (Condylactis gigantea)

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Giant Golden Anemone Pink
Condylactis gigantea
Giant Golden Anemone Pink (Condylactis gigantea)
Name Giant Golden Anemone Pink
Name Lat. Condylactis gigantea
Family Sea Anemones
Family lat. Actiniidae
Order Sea Anemones
Order lat. Actiniaria
Origin Western Atlantic
Diet Autotrophic, carnivore
pH 8.1-8.4
Hardness 8-10 °KH
Lighting High
Current Moderate
Behavior Semi-aggressive
Keeping Individual, group
Care Level Moderate
Life Span N/A
Protection No
Metric Units
Size 10-30 cm
Temperature 24-26 °C
Salinity 33-36 ‰
Aquarium 300 l
US Units
Size 4"-12"
Temperature 75-79 °F
Salinity 1.020-1.025 sg
Aquarium 80 gal

Distribution and habitat

Condylactis gigantea are widely distributed in the tropical western Atlantic, from the Bahamas through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to Brazil's northern coast. They live solitary or in loose groups in lagoons and on inner reefs, where they usually attach themselves to crevices and holes in coral rock.


They should be positioned in a very bright spot among jagged rocks in a medium, alternating current by gently pressing them there for a short time. Mostly, however, it looks for its place itself

Only lime-rich, heavy metal-free substrates may be used as substrate. To ensure water quality, filters, skimmers and heaters are necessary, as well as pumps to simulate tides, swells and bottom currents. It is recommended that live stones be used to set up the aquarium. The bacteria living in the porous stones act as a biological filter. The lighting must correspond to the species-appropriate day-night rhythm of the animals

Salinity: 33-36 ‰ pH value: 8.1-8.4
Carbonate hardness: 8-10 °KH Nitrate content: 2-8 mg/l
calcium content: 420-450 mg/l Nitrite content: 0.0-0.05 mg/l
Magnesium content: 1.250-1.350 mg/l phosphate content: 0.01-0.1 mg/l

Regular addition of trace elements, especially iodine, is recommended. For salinity, an average value should be aimed for, which may only vary slightly by +/- 0.5 ‰. Ammonia and ammonium must not be measurable. Special attention shall be paid to consistently good water quality and water values.


Zooxanthellae, which are unicellular symbiotic algae, live in their tissue and provide them with assimilation products of their photosynthesis (high light requirement). The zooxanthellae promote growth and provide additional food to the plankton and small particles collected from the water current. Besides the food that accumulates in the aquarium during fish feeding (smelt, mysis, krill, artemia, etc.), there is hardly any need for additional feeding. Regular and varied feeding promotes health and prevents deficiency symptoms.

Behaviour and compatibility

It is not colonized by anemonefish and only serves as a symbiotic anemone for the shrimp Thor ambionensis and Periclimenes brevicarpalis. Other animals that stick to its tentacles are devoured. A sufficiently large distance must be maintained to corals and other anemones to prevent them from becoming encrusted.

Reproduction and breeding

It is assumed that their reproduction is sexual via marine larval stages. But they can also reproduce by division, which is often observed in the aquarium.


They come in different color forms, such as green, purple, brown, and white, and can have green, purple, or mangenta tentacle tips.

After being placed in the aquarium, they sometimes wander until they find a suitable place themselves. In doing so, they can endanger other anemones or corals with their nettles.

Healthy animals have a closed mouth disc, look "pumped up" and do not drift around.

They are very sensitive and can be easily injured when handled

The additional lighting with actinic light (short-wave violet-blue light) is very beneficial for their growth (zooxanthellae)

Newly introduced animals must be acclimated slowly to the water in the aquarium. If different species are kept together, make sure that fish and invertebrates match each other in terms of water quality and temperature requirements as well as their social behavior, and that the setup meets the ecological needs of all species kept together

Further literature can be found in your pet store.


Text: petdata; Image: petdata

Source: ENGELMANN & LANGE (2011): Zootierhaltung - Tiere in menschlicher Obhut: Wirbellose, Verlag Harri Deutsch; BAENSCH & DEBELIUS (2006): Meerwasser Atlas Bd. 1, Mergus Verlag