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Old 09-30-2003, 11:30 PM   #1
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basic anemone care


forgive my newbyness, but does anyone have a set of guidelines for basic anemone-care?

i have a beautiful spotted-green bubble-tip anemone which i just love and want to take care of wholeheartedly. i simply can't seem to find anything on the basic needs of these things (vs. corals, fish, etc.)

are there specific water parameters for an anemone (i.e. salinity, Ph, calcium, iodine, etc.?) what's everyone's favorite way of feeding them? are they expected to bunch up every now and then (once a day) or is mine uncomfortable?

i know they need a general flow of current, a good amount of light, and a stoney hole to guard their base/trunk in, but what else?

i hope i'm not boring anyone with the basic questions... thanks for being such a great resource!

(i also have a yellow-banded maroon clown who is infatuated with the BTA.)
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Old 10-01-2003, 12:55 AM   #2
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Wow. I'm seeing more and more So Cal people now. It's great. We should start our own board.

First of all, water conditions. How old is your tank? Anenomes have the same basic needs as other inverts in your tank. Salinity around 1.025, pH around 8.2, Temp around 78 degrees. But, they are very sensitive to any swings in these parameters. And they are sensitive to any ammonia in the water. Established, well cycled tanks are best for keeping anenomes. Although, I understand BTA's are good first anenomes. I have a Long Tentacle.

As for additives, I use Lugols for iodine replacement about twice a month. They iodine to help build their cell structure. Be careful if you choose Lugols because you could overdose.

I used to feed mine every other day but it was getting way too big so I cut back to about twice a week. I like to feed it fresh fish like tuna or sea bass when available and frozen squid when not. I always "hand" feed it with long surgical tweezers. It will grab whatever I give it and devour it in less than five min.

I have 3watts per gallon of PC light 50/50 over a 16" deep tank and the LTA seems to be doing really good. I have heard that they require much more light than that but mine has been growing and healthy for almost ten months. It stays primarily on the top most rocks closest to the light so there probably is something to the more light needed theory.

Now, bunching up is something mine never does unless it is eating but I don't have any experience with BTA's so this might be normal. Someone else will probably answer that one.

Hope this helps. Here is a blury pic of mine. I, know everybody has seen this one but I haven't taken any pics for a while since my daughter broke my camera.

Oh, and don't think you're boring anybody. I think anenomes are discussed the least amount on these boards because noone really knows the exact recipe for keeping anenomes happy. We try different things and report success and failure.
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Dang Kram, You just about covered it.

I actually feed mine the same fish mush that I feed the rest of the tank. One exception, I actually have some guppies that I use as feeders in a 5 gal tank. They have been acclimated to saltwater/brackish water (about 1.0020 sp) they seem to breed and live well enough that I get tons of babies every other day. On this 5 gal I have 3 filters and an autofeeder since it is in the basement. I feed them high quality foods and my flower anemone is huge, easily about 8-10 inches in diameter. I like to feed it once a month or so of live prey. I actually endeaver to feed all my denizens live prey of some kind once a month. I have had this anemone for about 1.5 years and it is a pretty flourscent green. When I bought it, it was the size of a quarter. However It moved from the MH side of the tank and prefers the PCs. Kinda odd I guess..

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Old 10-01-2003, 11:47 AM   #4
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my little bubble tip...


thanks! this is good info. i noticed, too, that there wasn't a lot on anemones in TRT...

my little BTA has settled at the top of my 12 gal. Nanocube with a little gold-striped maroon clown. they get along good, but i noticed the BTA shrivels down about once a day, usually after i feed the maroon. other than that, he seems fine.

gravity is at 1.023, temp at 78, and Ph is/has been stuck at 8.0 (i can't seem to get it to stay just a little higher!) i have a 50/50 24w and the anemone sits at the top of the tank, just inches from the surface, so maybe i need to double that(?) i also add a few drops of Kent iodine supplement once a week.

i've been feeding it brine shrimp, flake food, and a bit of daphnia (the clown seems to take it all to him!)

i've only had the BTA about a month and, lke i said, he seems to be doing well. i just don't want to wake up five months from now to The Ultimate Horror.

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Old 10-01-2003, 11:48 AM   #5
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oops! sorry the pic's so big!
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Hey is the Gooberfish anything like the "DorkFish". (Look up Bill Engvall to see what I mean)

You have to catch them with corndogs lures.

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no, no... the gooberfish is real rare. so rare as to not even bring attention to its true origins...
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For feeding-

All our bubble tips get a varitiy of foods and all soaked in Selcon before feeding. Scallops, shrimp, tuna, squid and octopus. The tentacles are eaiser to feed and it just slides ring on in. Mostle feed in small chunks and sometimes the Tomato's will take food to them. And other times will "pick" at the easy pickings.

We have both roses and green anoemones under the shade of a 250w Iwaski, 6500k bulb.

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Hi. We are new to having a reef tank (1/04) and to this forum. We are really excited about it. I signed up for my hubby! We just lost an anenome and are really bummed. Our Clarky is miserable. We understand they are hard to keep, and are really researching it. We so want to be able to have one. Everything else in our tank is thriving. Any tips on buying a healthy one and keeping it healthy?? Thanks so much!
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