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Old 05/21/2019, 07:28 AM   #1
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Very unhappy RBTA- Help

Bought this RBTA a few months ago. It was doing wonderful until one day it started to feel unhappy, its mouth started to show and lose body mass. When flow is off it totally cannot hold itself up.
There is another small one in the same tank doing well. The tank went in fallow right after I brought her in.

Should I treat with cipro??

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Old 05/21/2019, 08:10 AM   #2
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Are you feeding it? If yes, what, how much and how often? Are you running carbon? Is it touching the RFA? How long does the mouth stay open? Does it completely deflate? If yes, how often? The nem in the picture looks ok with the exception of the open mouth. Nems do that sometimes.

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Old 05/21/2019, 08:37 AM   #3
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Thank you, yes I am feeding it pieces of krill once/twice a week during fallow. No carbon. Mouth is open all the time since it started a few weeks ago.


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Old 05/21/2019, 12:27 PM   #4
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I'm by no means an expert on BTAs (imo one of the most troublesome anemone to keep) but I would think that for it to be sick it must have been infected by something. I doubt that a perfectly healthy anemone gets sick out of the blue. And I kind of tested that to the limit with keeping a gigantea for months under subpar conditions.
Unless there is another sick anemone or coral in the tank the only viable path for this anemone to contract an infection would be the food. I generally try to avoid feeding too large pieces as they may start rotting from the inside before the anemone can digest them. So if you fed it big pieces of krill, that could be the source.
For an anemone, a general sign of being sick is frequent deflating and a constantly wide open mouth that looks like the the innards want to come out. The anemone not being able to right itself up is another symptom, usually of a quite progressed state of the infection.
If that matches your anemone, I would consider treating it.

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Old 05/22/2019, 06:21 AM   #5
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Thank you. Yes, she went under treatment yesterday. Let's see how she responds.

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Old 05/23/2019, 08:07 PM   #6
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In my experience, most BTA problems after the first couple if months of looking great are water problems, i.e., levels and more importantly stability problems. The other common item is an attack. The last us feeding. BTA does not require feeding, in fact, so many die because they are fed too much too fast, their digestive system is real real slow and they will spit what they can't process.

Treatment is fine, but make sure each parameter is on point and that the flux us minimal.

He really does not look that bad.


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Old 11/22/2019, 06:35 AM   #7
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Hi guys I just wanted to add in. I have issues with my rainbow bta too. I have my rbta for 5 weeks now and 2 weeks ago it split into 2 and since then I haven’t really seen it eat much. My water pars has been good. Could it be that my first bta stung it or poisoned it and now all my bta hasn’t really been looking healthy. Also how do I add pic from my iPhone? I don’t have a url.


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Old 11/23/2019, 03:18 PM   #8
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When I had tanks of BTA’s I never fed them directly. They only fed on what they would catch while feeding the fish. They grew and split like weeds. Lighting was 400 watt halides with actinics.


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