Strawberry anemones

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Just came across this article in the journal Marine Biotechnology.
Schnitzler et al. (2008). Spectral diversity of fluorescent proteins from the Anthozoan Corynactis californica. Marin. Biotech. (10) 3: 328-342.

The top pictures shows various species of strawberry anemones under normal light. The bottom pictures are the same anemones under blue light.

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i used to have a few in a small tank at work and they did really well. The tank had no heater/cooler so the average temp was no less than 22 degrees. Only problem is collecting them
 

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i supervisor forced me to tank the tank down cause it was taking up space...i was not happy! I had them for about 5 or 6 months. This is going to sound odd, but i found them on a piece of kelp that washed up after rough seas - you would be amazed at the amount of interesting things you can find on kelp. When i took the tank down i put them back in the ocean. I had planned on feeding them bits of fish etc but i came across these tiny pink shrimp in one of my tanks at the aquarium. Im not sure what species they are but they breed really fast, do a great job of cleaning up and provided the anemonies with enough food that i didnt have to add any extra food to the tank.
 
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Thats so cool 459. Did the shrimps also breed in that ambient temperature tank?

Can you get hold of more of those? Wonder if they would go in tropic water?
 

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im struggling to get hold of more. They just appear in tanks at the aquarium. Fully grown they less than a cm long. They breed in all the tanks at the aquarium, which range in temp from 10 degrees to about 21. When i manage to get some more ill be happy to pass them on to someone with a warm water tank to test if they will survive.
 

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im prob going to the aquarium tomo, if not ill go next week. I got three on monday, but i stupidly transported them home in the same container as an anemone. ill let you know when i get some.
 

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Me...me...me :)

Thanks 459b - BTW: I can image the strawberry anemone's would wash up after the storm - just funny though that they attached to the kelp. I usually seem them attached to the wrecks I dived along the coast at Simonstown's way. The Pietermaritzburg had a LOT of them on, as did the Rockeater, and the Princess...

I cannot clearly recall seeing them attached to rock though... I have not seen any at A-Frame at Simonstown....
 
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next to Aqua Concepts there is a dive shop and they guys are very willing to dive stuff out for us if you have the correct permits....
 

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i was also surprised to see them attached to kelp. they occured in patches around the holdfast. Also amazed that they survived been washed ashore.

Can they get me a shyshark? how much will they charge?
 

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