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    Bubble-Tip Anemone Problems

    Hello!
    I'm having some difficulties with a small bubble-tip anemone that I've had for about two weeks. I think it may be an issue with lighting or water flow, but I'm not sure. Here is what is happening:

    The anemone is retreating to the back side of the live rock, and shriveling-up. I tried moving it back into the light, but it just ends up moving back into the darkness and looking miserable. The strange thing is, it doesn't shrivel-up when it is in the light- in fact, it is open and gorgeous when it is in the light. I don't understand why it wants to be shriveled-up in the back of the tank when it seems healthy and fine in the light.

    I have a 24-watt 50/50 bulb with minimal water flow in the tank. Water conditions are good and temperature is around 80 degrees F. I've also tried feeding the anemone, but it doesn't seem to help.

    Any ideas?

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    Definitely not enough light. Have you tried to feed it a piece of shrimp or something? It's probably in desperate need of energy from either light or food at this point. Hiding and shriveling would be a defensive self preservation thing.

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    it's common for new BTA's to hide behind the LR when first introduced. is the anemone shrivelled all the time or just from time to time???

    when you offer food does the anemone eat it??

    is he sticky??

    hows the colour??

    please post all your water parameters and pic if possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a4twenty View Post
    it's common for new BTA's to hide behind the LR when first introduced. is the anemone shrivelled all the time or just from time to time???

    when you offer food does the anemone eat it??

    is he sticky??

    hows the colour??

    please post all your water parameters and pic if possible.
    Water parameters:

    pH: 8.4
    Nitrite: 0ppm
    Nitrate: <5ppm
    Ammonia: 0ppm
    Specific Gravity: 1.023
    Temperature: 78F

    It eats the food when I give it some, but it is nearly impossible to hand-feed it when it is behind the rocks. When it is in the light (when I put it there,) it has a beautiful green/white colour, and it feels somewhat sticky.

    It's hard to see, but I don't think he is ever opened-up when he is behind the rocks. He usually looks shriveled-up as if he is sick. Should I just leave it alone?

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    also.. too much direct flow and an anemone will retreat.
    try to move it elsewhere in your tank.. or move your current so its not directly on it.

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

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    So 24 Watts in a 12g Nano Cube isn't enough?

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    the lighting is low for creatures that utilize zooxanthellae algae, can't say it wont work for sure but i would definitely suggest more.

    how do you maintain SG?

    how do you measure SG??

    for inverts it is recommended to maintain your SG between 1.024 - 1.026, i prefer to stay at 1.026.

    how old is your tank?

    can you see the mouth??, is it tight??

    how did you acclimate?

    is he attached to something??


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    your lighting is not enough, T5 or better, 130watts pc may work but anemone wont hold the bubbles, thanks.
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    Do you have some room to add more bulbs ? or can you modify/replace the reflectors ? reflectors are half the battle. so sometimes a cheap upgrade can go a long way. I've seen people keep anemones in systems like yours. But most of them had tweaked lighting.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    updated: 2011/05/30

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    It sounds like lighting is the issue. I could upgrade to twice the amount of light I have now (2x24w) by replacing the original hood with a nano cube deluxe hood and new ballast. The deluxe hood has two 24w bulbs instead of one, so maybe that would help? That would cost me around $150, so a cheaper solution would be ideal. There is a bit of room for another bulb, but I don't know where I would hide the ballast. The ballast for the original bulb has its own compartment in the hood, but another wouldn't fit. Any ideas?

    Another option would be to replace the hood with a glass-top and buy one of the Viper MH lights from JBJ. That would be much more expensive, and it may be overkill.

    Anyway, thanks for all of your help.

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