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I wanted to make a thread that follows my dealings with Stychodactyla gigantea (gig) carpet anemones and post updates to some experiments with them.

My first post I want to introduce maybe the most rare gig I’ve come across so far, a red gig. The classification of this anemone was under question for a while, but I flew out to California, brought it back with me, treated it, and it’s my opinion that this is indeed a red gig.

My reasoning for why I think it’s a gig is because it does have the trademark verrucae, though they aren’t the bright purple that I’m used to. Additionally the anemone has two siphonoglyphs with bright purple spots on them inside the mouth that is common among my other gigs. Lastly, the tentacles are longer than that of haddoni and stick to my finger to the point that they tear off the anemone. I have seen this with my other gigs as well.

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Verrucae
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Fluorescent red under actinics
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Siphonoglyphs
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My intent is to figure out how to spawn gigs in captivity and use the red to bring some amazing color morphs to the hobby that are truly sustainably sourced. I’ve successfully spawned gold torches in my system and I’m hopeful I can do the same with the anemones. I’m also experimenting with some asexual reproductive strategies of gigs too, which I will post about later.
 
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I recently received my first gig. The 3-4” blue gig is more like 10-12”……guess I’ll have to move it out of the nano tank much sooner than expected. Currently in cipro treatment just in case. Below is a pic straight from the bag. Interested to see how your efforts progress

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I've got some pretty weird colored ones also..Not the standard blue , purple green or tan..1 is blueish green and the other dark colored with blue/green tentacles...I have another that is very light seafoam green color....
I find that mine color up differently than most -As my DT uses NSW...not sure if that's really it...but worth mentioning..
 

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I wanted to make a thread that follows my dealings with Stychodactyla gigantea (gig) carpet anemones and post updates to some experiments with them.

My first post I want to introduce maybe the most rare gig I’ve come across so far, a red gig. The classification of this anemone was under question for a while, but I flew out to California, brought it back with me, treated it, and it’s my opinion that this is indeed a red gig.

My reasoning for why I think it’s a gig is because it does have the trademark verrucae, though they aren’t the bright purple that I’m used to. Additionally the anemone has two siphonoglyphs with bright purple spots on them inside the mouth that is common among my other gigs. Lastly, the tentacles are longer than that of haddoni and stick to my finger to the point that they tear off the anemone. I have seen this with my other gigs as well.

E896395C-A767-4CC5-8E65-D98C1A0DF71E.jpeg


Verrucae
4225E88B-6EAB-412F-9E9E-5D0C858BB7EA.jpeg


Fluorescent red under actinics
79B25BB2-C565-4826-B473-EE6F9A7683C5.jpeg


Siphonoglyphs
B5E2F397-AF14-4E77-BFD5-9C500B75D5B5.jpeg


My intent is to figure out how to spawn gigs in captivity and use the red to bring some amazing color morphs to the hobby that are truly sustainably sourced. I’ve successfully spawned gold torches in my system and I’m hopeful I can do the same with the anemones. I’m also experimenting with some asexual reproductive strategies of gigs too, which I will post about later.
I’ve see Very very large red haddoni on the regular that look like that. for some reason the giants always have longer tentacles and faint verracue. I think they might be more of a cross over like the yellowish ones that come In as well. they have sort of a mix between haddoni and gigatea characteristics. But I’m pretty sure magnifica and gigantea are more closely related than gig and haddoni so, it might just be a whole different sub species just not recognized.
 
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Looks like a red gig to me! Probably the third one I’ve seen. There is one at Greenrich Aquaria in CT and the other arrived in San Diego but died a couple of weeks later. Best of luck with it!
I remember the one in San Diego. I can’t find the thread, but I remember that it didn’t last. I’m curious about more details on the one at Greenrich
 
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I’ve see Very very large red haddoni on the regular that look like that. for some reason the giants always have longer tentacles and faint verracue. I think they might be more of a cross over like the yellowish ones that come In as well. they have sort of a mix between haddoni and gigatea characteristics. But I’m pretty sure magnifica and gigantea are more closely related than gig and haddoni so, it might just be a whole different sub species just not recognized.
Do you have a picture of the siphonoglyphs of any of your haddoni? I have a theory Id like to test.
 
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