Picture of the Week, Giant Aiptasia Anemone


Giant Aiptasia Anemone

Over the weekend, I did what most hobbyists do, and that’s fish store hopping. Even though the trip was brief and ended with me getting a bit frustrated with the store owner for his lack of customer service, I still had a halfway decent time looking over potential livestock and watching my daughter point to all of the fish and excitedly yell. Then I happened across this gigantic Aiptasia anemone.

Most of the time, seeing Aiptasia in an aquarium store would leave a bad taste in your mouth. But this one was too ridiculously large to get mad about. It was pretty much the only one I saw, which makes me think that perhaps it was a joke or some sort of store mascott. The only reason I say that is because all of the tanks were so meticulously clean, and the store owner is a bit of a neat freak. He won’t even let people touch the aquariums, or take photos of stuff…a policy I obviously broke.


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  • olaf_1

    It looks to be a Curly Cue Anemone.

    • Ramsey

      You beat me to it. Looks like a curly cue to me too.

    • Ramsey

      You beat me to it. Looks like a curly cue to me too.

    • Certainly many similarities…but it was definitely an aiptasia.

  • Desert Orchid

    Every fish tank had an infestation of aiptasia in a Billings Montana LFS I recently visited. The coral tanks were clean though *L*