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Old 05/08/2020, 11:50 AM   #1
Edison Coltro
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Exclamation Anemone won't eat.

Hello friends.
Iím new to the forum and hope Iím posting this in the right thread.

Iíve been having some problems with a green bubble tip anemone that stopped eating and wonít take food. It started to reduce the size of its tentacles to the point in which they arenít visible anymore. In a desperate attempt Iíve been trying to feed it many things including baby brine shrimp still doesnít open its mouth. Any ideas in what I should do?

My parameters are:
15g tank
0 nitrates
Lighting: 20.000 lux
Salinity 1.025
Ph 8,2
Alkalinity 8DKh


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Old 05/12/2020, 05:39 PM   #2
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What do you have for lighting. BTAs don't need to be feed they can strive completely on light., as long as it is appropriate lighting


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Old 05/13/2020, 06:18 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for your reply I'm really desperate here.

Well it's an LED light, it has white and blue LEDs. I believe its potency is 20.000 lux total so I'm guessing 5 to 6 thousand lux inside the water.
The store owner told me it can handle soft corals easily, and so far so good, the anemone is the only one giving me a hard time.

What do you think should I improve it?


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Old 05/14/2020, 12:44 PM   #4
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Anemones need brighter light than soft corals.


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Old 05/14/2020, 01:28 PM   #5
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Do you have any recommendations as for which light I should use?


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Old 05/14/2020, 01:46 PM   #6
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T5 fluorescent, metal halide and LED are the choices. I like metal halide, but most people go for LEDs these days. For the best, look for outrageous prices. To save cash, look at the 'chinese black box' LED fixtures on Amazon, like Mars Aqua. From what I've heard, they're not fancy, but work well enough for SPS corals.

Good luck and welcome to RC!


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Old 05/14/2020, 06:41 PM   #7
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Thank you for your help!! Really hope that works.

I'll keep you updated.


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Old 05/22/2020, 04:12 PM   #8
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How's it doing now?


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Old 05/23/2020, 06:50 AM   #9
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Well my new light has arrived on Thursday, so it still hasn't healed yet. But I noticed a clear difference in my corals as they seem much happier.
For now, I'll keep trying to feed it.

The light I got is an LED light with the following spectrum.
Royal Blue 450nm
Cool Blue 470nm
UV 405nm
Purple(Super Actinic) 425nm
Deep Red 660nm
Cold White 12000K

I left it at 80% blue and 30% for red and green


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