1. Bubble tip Anemones are a medium light Anemone.
They do not require Metal Halide lighting, in fact
they hide from such bright light until
fully adjusted to it, which could take weeks .
They will thrive under VHO lighting very well
(see the pictures I have added) if you have rock work that they can
climb up on to reach more light if they feel the need to.
Here is a picture of my 75 gallon tank with VHO lighting by Orbit.
It is a 4 lamp fixture and each lamp is 96 watt.
I love the Orbit fixtures as they have built in Moon lights usually,
fans on both ends that run when the lights
are turned on to keep the fixture cool.
And also night lights that are on separate
cords so I keep the lights and them
on timers so that the moon lights come
on about 5 minutes before the
VHO lights turn off.
They are easy to replace the bulbs which are available at most SW stores or on line.
If your BTA wanders around for a bit it is either unhappy with the water flow,
or is looking for food.
If it hides, it is trying to get away from bright light or is new to your tank
and is just trying to get used to your tank.
Be patient and do not move your new Anemone.
It will come out of hiding on its own.
3. Timers for lights
My lights are on from 8am to around 9pm.
I have placed all of my tanks lights on timers, no more late turn offs.
You can see this nice fixture below. It also comes with plastic legs
of which I proceeded to break within a few months, they are not
I now have the fixture up off the tank with wood that has grooves in one
side for the fixture edge to sit into. And so is much more stable.
It has a 72" Orbit fixture over it with 6-96 watt bulbs.
Right now the Actinic is out over the right side, thus the orange color on the right.
But as you can see, there is plenty of light for any softy's that you would like to keep.
5. Some of the buds
Below are 3 baby Anemones that used to be under this fixture.( Buds from my large
They do great under VHO fixtures as long as you have plenty of SunLight bulbs
with just a few Actinics for color.
6.More on the lamps
So please remember that the more light you have, the happier your tank critters will be.
But I do have to say that MH lighting is not needed for BTA's.
I also replace all lamps at 8 to 12 months, whether they are out or not.
I can always tell a difference when I replace the lamps, as the tanks are
much brighter and the Anemones
always respond to the new bulbs by laying back down and
not reaching for light like they tend
to do when the lamps are loosing their brightness.
I buy all of my bulbs from Dr.s Foster and Smith when they put them on sale yearly.
I buy enough for 2 years just in case one is broken in shipping or one goes out for some reason.
So please make sure that you have the correct lighting for your
Anemone, I prefer 4 watts or more per gallon of water and that
is what I recommend to all of the people that ask for advice
on this subject.
Metal Halide bulbs are just to bright for Bubble Tip Anemones and
so I do NOT recommend them for these Anemones.