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Old 09/03/2019, 10:26 PM   #26
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Here are melanistic Milii in what appears to be S. Mertensi and a non-melanistic Milii in BTA




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Old 09/04/2019, 02:52 AM   #27
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Based on some photos taken in Exmouth and Ningaloo in Western Australia, it appears that A. Milii is hosted by one of the Heteractis anemones in the wild. I am having a bit of a hard time identifying whether it is H. Crispa or H. Malu. I am leaning towards the latter due to shorter tentacles. My first impression was they were both BTA but upon closer look I became convinced they were Heteractis anemones.

The anemone sitting in the sand is a pretty good indicator for H. malu. Neither H. crispa nor E. quadricolor like settling on sand.


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Old 09/04/2019, 04:34 AM   #28
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I agree that it is a Malu.


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Old 09/07/2019, 12:30 AM   #29
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These have a new home now. Update to come soon from the new owner.


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Old 09/07/2019, 01:35 AM   #30
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For the night I put them in a 10 gallon QT as I'm still debating in which tank of my anemonefish system I put them. But this will most likely be their new anemone:



They got to share it with the crabs.

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Old 09/13/2019, 12:23 PM   #31
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They went right into the haddoni.
The tank is right now just set up temporarily as I have to take it out of the shelf again to lower the master drain pipe.

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Old 09/14/2019, 10:10 PM   #32
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Very nice and uniquely colorful!!! I am really glad they went to good home! Pretty special fish.


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Old 09/17/2019, 04:33 AM   #33
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Old 09/17/2019, 07:33 AM   #34
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Looking good


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Old 09/17/2019, 10:18 AM   #35
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What a difference an anemone (natural host in particular) can make. They're so content in their S. Haddoni.


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Old 09/17/2019, 10:46 AM   #36
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I'm not so sure any species of anemonefish actually "loves" a haddoni as a host. From what I can tell they all prefer more "fluffy" anemones with longer tentacles. I have seen that in particular with the bicinctus who are not at all happy that their magnificas are in treatment right now and they only have the haddoni. The only points for haddonis are strength in sting, equaling better protection, and location, usually solitary on sandy grounds and away from all those other pesky fish.

BTW, these guys seem to have been trained to eat out of syringes. Every time I try to feed the anemone the female hangs on the feeding tube and starts greedily sucking in food.


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Old 09/17/2019, 10:59 AM   #37
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BTW, these guys seem to have been trained to eat out of syringes. Every time I try to feed the anemone the female hangs on the feeding tube and starts greedily sucking in food.

You're right about that. That's how they ate LRS Fish Frenzy in my tank.



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Old 09/17/2019, 11:01 AM   #38
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I'm not so sure any species of anemonefish actually "loves" a haddoni as a host.
I can think of a few...A. Chryspterus comes first to mind with S. Mertensii...different anemone but not exactly fluffy.


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Old 09/17/2019, 11:04 AM   #39
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The only points for haddonis are strength in sting
I've noticed this causes more uncomfortable/harder breathing in some clowns. The gills open wider and more frequently when they live in S. Haddoni. I've observed that with A. Percula on at least two occasions (two different cases) and attributed it to more potent stings (right or wrong).


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Old 09/17/2019, 11:17 AM   #40
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Percula don't like haddoni. The percula pairs I tried to get into a haddoni flat out ignored it and rather stuck to a clay pot. Interestingly enough, my large black Darwin ocellaris seem to like their haddoni as if it is their natural host. Though I'm sure they would abandon it in a heartbeat for a gigantea.


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Old 09/23/2019, 02:48 AM   #41
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To make them more comfortable I "planted" their anemone in a large ceramic planter bowl. And then filled it up with gravel.
It will take a bit, but I hope that the anemone will be fully out by tomorrow morning.
The milii were a bit upset that they had to cozy up in the smaller haddoni.



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Old 09/23/2019, 11:58 AM   #42
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This morning the haddoni was out and the anemonecrab pair giddy about having it all to themselves while the milii were still sleeping in the smaller haddoni.

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Old 09/23/2019, 12:19 PM   #43
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Great! You donít see these often so it fun watching your progress with them.

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Old 09/23/2019, 01:27 PM   #44
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Great! You donít see these often so it fun watching your progress with them.

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Sometimes it looks like these two are taking to each other (well, I guess they actually do), standing face to face and making their sounds.

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Old 09/24/2019, 01:17 AM   #45
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Like in the wild, haddoni, pair of crabs, and a pair of milii (well, one was just in the other anemone)...



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Old 09/24/2019, 02:12 AM   #46
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And here a video of how it all gets collected in the wild:



At the very beginning of that video, it can be seen how far these guys venture from their anemone.
These fish are definitely not as closely bound to their anemone as many other anemonefish species. My two also are not afraid to venture around in the entire tank. This is very different to my percula, darwin "ocellaris", the maroons, and even the bicinctus.


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Here's a less melanistic variant of A. Milii



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Old 09/24/2019, 02:03 PM   #48
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I think these might lighten up as well if put with a magnifica or BTA.


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Old 09/27/2019, 03:53 AM   #49
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Feeding tigger pods




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Old 09/27/2019, 09:35 AM   #50
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Looks like the smaller Haddoni on the left was enjoying some too with mouth open.


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