Ritteri Anemone, Heteractis magnifica, is an anemone of exceptional beauty, but is the least hardy. Also know as the Magnificent Anemone, it can grow to over three feet in the wild, but typically occurs in sizes of no larger than one foot in the home aquarium. The largest-sized Ritteri Anemones occur singly. In some regions, they are found in smaller sizes and in groupings. The Ritteri Anemone occurs naturally in sandy-bottomed or muddy-bottomed areas where it can absorb a good amount of light for its photosynthetic processes, yet gather a decent amount of meaty foods. Though not likely, meaty foods could include extremely small fishes in the home aquarium. Occasionally, specimens may choose to roam and may cause damage, but it is not known to roam. It can definitely damage corals with which it comes in contact, so be sure to allow ample space between the corals and the Ritteri for its full tentacle extension. While initially finding its home, it might be helpful to reduce overall aquarium water flow as the Flat Anemone can easily be damaged by pump intakes or pulled into overflow drains. The Ritteri Anemone requires high levels of lighting and water flow to help it prosper. Target feedings of fish, krill, or mussels are readily accepted. The addition of Iodine is a necessity for continued health.
This invertebrate requires special care and is traditionally difficult to keep. It is, therefore, recommended only for the advanced aquarist or for aquatic research facilities.
Ritteri Anemone is a common host for the following Clownfish species: Clarkii, Ocellaris, Percula, Skunk.
Approximate Arrival Size: Small - 1" to 3", Medium - 3" to 5", Large - 6" to 9", X-Large - 9" to 12"
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