Bubble Tip Anemones are carnivorous. You can feed them Silversides , Mysid Shrimps, brine shrimps, table shrimp, mussels, squid and so on. I like to feed them table shrimp because it’s cheaper. This week, I am trying to feed them ciscoes because we can catch 1000’s of them in a few hours where I live. Looks like my Anemones love the new diet so I might stick on ciscoes for a while.
It is not essential to feed anemones frozen food, and often times frozen food can be the most polluting and risky of all foods. Parasites, bacteria, and other harmful pathogens can be introduced into your tank when feeding frozen food. For that reason, freeze dried food can be a good alternative. Ash from Reef Frenzy recommended me to try to Cyclop Eeze Wafers from Argent. Those flakes are really pliable, so they are easy to mush together and feed to anemones. I’ll have to give that a try.
Smaller Anemones might prefer smaller chunk (like Mysis shrimp) while bigger Anemones will eat large pieces (2″ in length). Don’t feed them with your hands. Use tongs or any long feeding device to drop the food onto the tentacles of the Anemone. If the Anemone is hungry it will grab the food and take it to his mouth. NEVER FORCE FOOD INTO THE ANEMONE’S MOUTH!
I feed my Bubble Tip Anemones twice week unless I want them to split. In that case, I feed them more. I can’t say this is the way to make them split but it looks like it’s working for me. I also do larger water changes to make them split but more on that later.
Anemones do produce much of their own nutrition by way of photosynthesis. However, you can't rely on light. If you don't feed your Anemone, it will die.