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    LTA and Florida Condy in the Same System?

    I picked up an LTA about two months ago for a mated pair of
    Clarkii's that I had. The LTA acclimated fine and eventually
    attached itself on the front glass at the top of the tank. Pretty
    much as soon as the LTA was in the tank the Clarkii's hosted it.
    The LTA was inflated fine (about 12" across) and the tentacles
    fully extended. I fed it small pieces of silversides daily which
    it caught and ate.
    About a month later the female Clarkii kicked the male out of the
    anemone. She was chasing him off, aggressively. He has a lot of
    places to hide but I saw his fins were a little ragged.
    On impulse I bought a small (3") Pink Florida Condy, thinking that
    another anemone in the tank might be a way for the male to stop
    being chased by the female (if he hosted it). Now, I usually
    NEVER put anything into my system that I haven't researched
    beforehand.
    The Condy acclimated fine and settled into a corner of the tank
    and attached itself to some live rock. The Condy is fully
    inflated and has it's tentacles extended. It eats silverside
    pieces daily and looks very healthy and happy. It's now about 4"
    across and about 7" with tentacles extended.
    About two weeks after I put the Condy in I had to move the LTA, to
    work on that system. I moved it to the back glass, at the top,
    just across from where it was on the front.
    Since then I've noticed it's not as "happy" as it was before.
    It's opening its oral cavity wide and evicerating then closing
    again. Shrinking and inflating again. The female is still
    hosting as usual. Last night it shrunk and closed up. The
    tentacles were shrivelled up. It was only hanging onto the glass
    partially. Most of the foot had let go. It really looked like it
    might die.
    I took it out (with the Clarkii) and moved it to my sump/refugium.
    This morning it looks fully recovered. (I stopped the pump on the
    system effectively separating the sump and the main tank. Sump
    and tank are each still circulating water.)
    My question is if anyone has done this or has experience with this
    type of setup? These two anemone's are from different oceans.
    The Condy is from the Atlantic here. The LTA is from the Pacific
    (and so are the Clarkii's). So in the wild these two usually never
    meet. From what I've seen, the Condy seems to be the more
    aggressive of the two anemone's with a stronger sting. Does
    anyone know for sure if there's some chemical (allelopathogenic)
    warfare going on in the tank? Either with the Condy or some other
    coral?
    I've been reading on the wWM site to find out but can't find a
    similar scenario.
    I know I haven't given any details about the system or water
    parameters or the tankmates. If needed I can but this post is
    already too long. I'm a new member here also. So hello to
    everyone.

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    Welcome to Aquaria Canada,
    sorry, I have no experience with the atlantic sp. but in my mind makes sence they may fight.
    I'm not sure you mentionned the tank size ? anyways corals and anemones can sting and some of the do make chemical warfares.
    You could try some carbon and see if that helps.
    else remove one to a temporary holding place for a few weeks and see if both of them are happy again.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Thanks Liv. Yeah that's what I did (separating them) and the LTA recovered. Thanks for the reply. Still seems to be some problem with it, though.

    I saw the thread on your build, by the way. Nice work.

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    its not recovering.. well you got to give it some time and some good lighting too. it may take weeks before its happy again.
    You wouldn't believe how strong an anemone is and how much they can survive. one of my rbta's got sucked now going on 4 times by my vortech pumps.. yet still manages to come back 100% within months.

    Thanks for the comments :b2: love diy stuff!

    cheers,
    LIV

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Yeah I saw you liked the DIY stuff. Same here, that's why I posted on this site, actually.

    Anemone seems like it's doing fine so far. Lights are two 150w MH and two PCF 40w in this system so it should be fine with that. Mine got stuck in my powerhead also. I lost a nudibranch and then the same day this LTA got caught in it.

    I hate when she does that!

    So I got rid of the powerheads and replaced them with a pressurized manifold going around the top of the tank w/ eight nozzles.

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    you just gotta post some pics of that :b2:
    sounds interesting!

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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