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Cerianthus membranaceus


Scientific nameo - Cerianthus membranaceus

Class - Anthozoa

Order Ceriantharia.

Classification Cerianthidae

Distribution Mediterranean; Atlantic. It is found in sandy and muddy bottoms from 1 to 50 meters deep.

Description The Cerianto has the vermiform body; lives within an elastic tube, brown - gray, with secreted mucus and debris. And is devoid of the pedal disc. It has a large crown of 100 tentacles, arranged in 4 concentric series. In the outer tentacles are much longer and can reach 50 cm in length; appear much shorter than in the other . The color of the tentacles varies from black, dark purple to yellow, orange, white with the ends more or less fluorescent. It can reach a length of 30 cm.

Habitat It occurs naturally in sandy - muddy often close to the rocks, with current not too strong and often away from direct sunlight. In the bath you will have to try to create the same natural habitat by placing it away from direct jet pumps but with a constant water movement.

Water conditions - Temp. 18°-22°, can not stand high temperatures.

Density - 1025-1027

Food - In the wild it feeds on, thanks to its crown stinging, small animals, or any other food in suspension. In captivity they can be fed with small pieces of shrimp, fish, and with specific products.

Behavior - It is a very sensitive animal. He holds open her beautiful tentacles both day and night. Detects any movement inside the tank quickly taking refuge inside the tube in hazardous conditions.

Compatibility Coexists easily with all marine organisms raised in environments provided it is not too tight.

Capture - Capture presents some difficulty. Try to pick it up gently from the base of the tube quickly cut deep but paying attention not to damage the body when cutting. After collection try to keep the temperature constant during transport.

Reproduction - Unavailable.

Difficulty - Not suitable for beginners.

Personal Experience – Every Mediterranean marine aquarium should accommodate at least one copy. It is a very robust and long-lived animal also recommended for the less experienced. To keep it in good health, try to keep the optimal values of the water with frequent water changes by keeping the clearest possible. It is recommended that breeding in large tubs, paying close attention to its location, as the stinging tentacles can destroy colonies of coelenterates and even catch small fish.


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