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Old 06/10/2018, 06:03 PM   #1
d9bailey
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Anemone dying

Hi Iím new to this forum but Iím looking for some advice. 2 days ago I stupidly impulse purchased this anemone for my clown fish (totally ignoring the fact that my tank is going through a mini cycle because I had 2 chromis die on me) and my ammonia is at 0.5ppm. The anemone seems to be reacting to touch and opening and closing on its own with the clown fish in and out of it. The only alarming thing is that the little white mouth seems visible from the top which Iíve never seen before and donít know what to do. I tried feeding it a small piece of fresh shrimp and although it seemed to stick to the tentacles, it didnít try and move it towards the mouth at all. I smelt my hand after touching it and didnít smell off at all and I tried to pick it up despite being bitten by my clown fish and the anemone is firmly secured to the 10 pounds of rock it is attached to(everything was coming up with it). Maybe itís just stressed out in this new less than ideal environment but any help would be greatly appreciated.

Oh and the base or tentacles have not changed colours at all.


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Old 06/10/2018, 06:11 PM   #2
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You're going to get a lot of ciprio treatment comments.. btw where'd you get it, it's gorgeous


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Old 06/10/2018, 06:14 PM   #3
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I bought it at my lfs here in Mississauga. Thatís why I bought it is very beautiful. Just trying to see how normal it is really for them to act this way or if I should be getting it out of my tank ASAP.


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Old 06/10/2018, 06:20 PM   #4
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Well cipro is for bacterial infections, deflation of tentacles, which is not obvious from pics.

I think more so your tank looks pretty darn new, and stating a mini cycle from 2 fish dying...which is not really the case, probably just tank still cycling but an amo boost from the fish deaths and we don't know for sure why.

How long has tank been running?


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Old 06/10/2018, 09:35 PM   #5
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Tank has been running for roughly 3 weeks. Under advisement from my lfs I used dr Timís to start the tank and stability daily to help it get cycled with fish in it. I put in 2 clowns after a week and had no signs of ammonia in my tank (according to the API test kit which I later found out is inaccurate). Then I put in a coral beauty and a 2Ē blue hippo tang, and 2 cleaner shrimp and still had no signs of ammonia. Then I put in three 1Ē green chromis and a diamond goby and then all of a sudden I had ammonia,and 2 chromis died, one I didnít find until taking out all of the rock. Just tested the ammonia and it is sitting at 0.05ppm which is way down and Iím happy about (I got some cycled media from a local frag dealer and itís been such a saviour).

So Iím sure it will all sort itself out in the next few days, Iím just wondering if this anemone will be ok or if I should get rid of it. Iíve heard that once they die they can just crash your whole system and that I am for sure trying to avoid.


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Old 06/10/2018, 10:53 PM   #6
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Well, unless you swapped w/ established rock, this is a very newly setup tank still, and my guess was probably still cycling.

Anemone's need an established tank, bare min of 6mo running time usually.
Gotta say the responsible thing to advise really is get it in an established tank, chances are slim your tank is ready to sustain it.


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Old 06/11/2018, 01:59 AM   #7
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I guess Iíll have to contact the lfs and see if they would be willing to take it back. Donít know how Iím going to get it out of the tank without one of these clowns trying to take a finger off lol


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Old 06/11/2018, 04:43 AM   #8
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Anemone are difficult animals to keep, especially a Magnifica like the one pictured above. New reefer should not attempt to keep this species. New tank is not stable enough for this species. I would return it to the LFS or give/trade it with a seasoned reefer with large tank.
You tank is new, and small. You added fish too fast and the tang is going to be too big for our tank if he live. I would return both the tang and the anemone, and leave things as is until the tank mature. Know at the mature size of the fish before you decide to add it to your tank.

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Old 06/13/2018, 07:06 PM   #9
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First try to return to LFS or sell/trade nem with another experienced reefer. Tank is definitely not ready and a magnifica anemone is one of the hardest ones to keep even for experienced reefers.

I would recommend not to feed yet. Iíve had them do worse when too heavily fed in the past.

What kind of light are u using? That nem requires a lot of light and more flow than normal otherwise they will wander around. Keep it away from open wave makers.

Here is mine and it sits under very intense dedicated light. Prior to that it moved to search for more light.


Bottom line is that nem requires a lot of attention and unstable parameters are just part of the possible problems you will run into.

Keep checking that itís sticky and it does not turn itís insides out.

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