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Unread 04/30/2005, 05:31 PM   #1
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Tank of the Month - May 2005

This month we are featuring Kevin Kuykendall's (Anemone) beautiful anemone-dominated aquarium:



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Congratulations, Kevin!


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Unread 05/05/2005, 08:05 AM   #2
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Good Job Kevin!!! I really enjoyed the article.


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Very nice tank and article,Kevin. Congratulations.


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Great Job Kevin. It is nice to see something besides the SPS tanks we tend to see. Also it is great to see a fellow law man, laying down the law.


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Unread 05/05/2005, 09:05 AM   #5
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nice i bet those clownfish are having a blast!!!


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Unread 05/05/2005, 09:17 AM   #6
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great tank. Nice article, and its nice to see something that breaks the typical mold.


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Kevin,

I have two large long tentacle anemones that co-existed nicely side by side for a long time. Recently, I noticed that one of the anemones had begun pulling off the tentacles of the other one.

Any ideas on why they would be fine for a long time and suddenly begin fighting? I have removed one of the anemones from the tank. But, I'd like to have them back together.

Any ideas on why they would be fine for a long time and suddenly begin fighting? Any thoughts or tips are appreciated.


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Unread 05/05/2005, 10:05 AM   #8
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very cool tank


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Unread 05/05/2005, 10:09 AM   #9
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Thanks guys!

Salty,

Two anemones of the same species, and one was "pulling the tentacles off" the other one? That doesn't sound right. Did you actually see tentacles actually pulled off, or did you see tentacle bits (something else might be responsible, like a clownfish), or just a lack of tentacles on one side of one of the anemones (anemones can pull their own tentacles in for a variety of reasons)?

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Unread 05/05/2005, 11:09 AM   #10
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how do ou clone those suckers?


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Unread 05/05/2005, 11:21 AM   #11
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Great tank!! Congrats on tank of the month!


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Unread 05/05/2005, 11:21 AM   #12
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how do ou clone those suckers?
Generally, they take care of that on their own - I don't do anything special. In the past, I've fed heavily to encourage splits (heavy feeding does result in more splits over the long term than less feeding) and experimented with the "water change regimen" for stressing/cauing splits and found it works (in this regimen, you feed several times a week for several weeks, do a large volume water change 25%-40%, continue to feed several times a week, then do another large volume water change after two weeks, and most of the clones in the tank will have split. You can do this every 2-3 months). I've also found (accidentally) that temperature stress will reliably cause splits as well. I've had my chiller pump fail on a couple of different occasions, and my tank temp climbed to over 85 degrees. Both times, I had multiple splits within a couple of days of returning the tank to its regular 80 degree temp.

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Unread 05/05/2005, 11:35 AM   #13
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TOTM

Thats CRAP man...Where is the SPS dominated tank? What this TOTM with no SPS what a let down.......


Just kidding.... great tank Anemone....Glad to see a little change, I love those RBTAs.


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Unread 05/05/2005, 11:53 AM   #14
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Nice tank. I have found that a disposable plastic spoons work well for removing BTA's from rock work. They are flexable enough to get in the cracks, thin enough to gut under them and soft enough to not cut them.


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Unread 05/05/2005, 11:58 AM   #15
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Geeez that must be heaven for clowns. Awesome tank.


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Unread 05/05/2005, 12:05 PM   #16
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Unread 05/05/2005, 12:20 PM   #17
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I HAVE A ROSE BUBBLE TIP FOR 3 YEARS IN THE SAME BARNACLE SHELL I PUT IT IN. I HAVE 175 METAL HALIDES GOOD WATER FLOW AND HOPEFULLY A MATED PAIR OF GOLD STRIPE MARROONS IN A 155 GALLON TANK. MY 1ST QUESTION IS MY ANENOME NEVER SPLIT AND THOUGH CHANGES SHAPE FROM TIME TO TIME NEVER REALLY GROWS IT IS DOING GREAT BUT I AM AFRAID TO DO ANY STIMULATION TO GET IT TO SPLIT .SHOULD I JUST KEEP WAITING OR DO I NEED ANOTHER ANENOME ADDED? ALSO HOW DO YOU GET THE CLOWNS TO MATE THEY HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR AT LEAST 5 MONTHS AND THE ORIG CLOWN IS 4 YEARS IN THE TANK AND MUST BE FEMALE AND THE NEW CLOWN WAS PURCHASED SMALL AND THEY SEEM TO BE TOGETHER ALOT. BY THE WAY THANK YOU FOR A VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE .


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Cool, man. Do your clowns have a favorite clone, or do they just hopscotch around all of them?


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Unread 05/05/2005, 12:26 PM   #19
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Do you feed your anemone? If not, start feeding it 2-3 times a week with a small portion of meaty food (a couple of krill, or 1/4-1/2" piece of fresh table shrimp). It should then begin to grow. IF it's a splitter, it will eventually split.

As for your clowns, it took my first GSM pairing 18 months together before they started spawning (second pair took 9 months), so if they are happy together, I wouldn't worry about it. Just keep them well fed with a variety of food and they will spawn eventually.

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Unread 05/05/2005, 12:27 PM   #20
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Cool, man. Do your clowns have a favorite clone, or do they just hopscotch around all of them?
Hopscotch, unless they are tending a nest, then they stay close to the nest. Right now I only have a single male-turning-into-female GSM in the tank. It's about time for me to pair him/her with a new mate....

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Unread 05/05/2005, 12:36 PM   #21
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Thanks guys!

Salty,

Two anemones of the same species, and one was "pulling the tentacles off" the other one? That doesn't sound right. Did you actually see tentacles actually pulled off, or did you see tentacle bits (something else might be responsible, like a clownfish), or just a lack of tentacles on one side of one of the anemones (anemones can pull their own tentacles in for a variety of reasons)?

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To be honest, I'm not sure they are the same species exactly. The species of one of them is actually up for debate in our local reeef club forum.

If they are different species, does this make more sense and can anything be done to make them get along?


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Unread 05/05/2005, 12:54 PM   #22
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Nice. Have had a few tanks in the past. Considering trying again. Great forum!!!





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Unread 05/05/2005, 01:32 PM   #23
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Unread 05/05/2005, 01:33 PM   #24
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Cool tank. After reading the article I will never knowlingly put an anemone in my tank.


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Unread 05/05/2005, 01:37 PM   #25
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Nice tank...it's great to see a species-devoted tank. Also, goes to show that you don't necessarily need MH to keep certain anemones. I'm a bit surprised that you need a chiller with VHO. Do the VHO's add that much heat to your system?


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