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Old 02-12-2010, 08:29 PM   #1
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deflated sebae anemone


Quick question....I have a sebae anemone that I came home to find it half deflated!! I have read that this will happen when it is expelling waste or if it is not getting enough light. It had located itself half under a rock where it was not getting a lot of lighting, so I moved it out to get more light. Was this okay to do? I figure that if it becomes unhappy he will move back, but I was a little concerned for its health.
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:45 PM   #2
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If an anemones foot is planted, you don't want to move it unless it's an absolute necessity.

How long have you had it? What color is it? Can you post a pic?
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:28 PM   #3
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If an anemones foot is planted, you don't want to move it unless it's an absolute necessity.

How long have you had it? What color is it? Can you post a pic?
I have only had it about 1 week. I don't believe his foot is planted, he has been moving around to find a home. It is a purple tip(body is white) sebae. I will try to get a pic but my lights r off now. Just looked at him, with a flashlight, and he is filling up again. I will check him again in the AM.
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:14 AM   #4
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White "sebaes" are bleached. Most of them don't survive. If it's not totally bleached, it may recover. Healthy "sebaes" are not white and look more like this.
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Deflation of anemones is a normal feeding response and/or nightly cycle.

I am more concerned about it being WHITE. Pix please.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:03 PM   #6
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Well here is a pic of it. Why is it that I say white and it is bleached???? I know that it is not bleached. Maybe it is something other than white but to me it is white. Sorry if I said a wrong word, that caused a tizzy here, but that is how I see it.

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Old 02-19-2010, 11:29 PM   #7
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Normally these anemones are light tan to dark brown with colored contrasting tips. This white coloration is a product of importers that keep them in the dark to get them to appear this way. Zooxanthellae have been ejected at this point and th anemone will have quite a difficult time surviving without phtosynthesate and oral feeding.

Sorry, anemones that stay this way usually survive about 6 months and die when their stored CHOs are consumed. Feeding helps, but usually only delays the inevitable.
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:36 PM   #8
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+1...they be telling the truth...the pretty white (bleached) nems sell much better than the brown (healthy) ones...it's a sad piece of the trade that people learn the hard way...keep your water params in check and feed it regularly and you might get lucky, but the odds are not in your favor.
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:17 PM   #9
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Well I am sure u guys know what u r talking about, and I will keep an eye on it and see what happens. But I have to tell u, that I watched this one at the store for a couple months, seen where they kept it, and they have multiple of them, and all seem fine. But like I said, I will listen to u and keep an eye on it and do what needs to be done for it, but I think it is how it is supposed to be. Thanks for your info, and I will keep it updated.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:26 PM   #10
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yeah. seabae anemones are hard to find healthy in the stores. here's what a healthy one should look like


also, if its is sick, get it out of your tank BEFORE it dies. a dead anemone will release a lot of toxins into the tank that could harm other things. you can recover one in the state that you have, but it takes time, care and lots of dedicated feeding.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:06 PM   #11
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FWIW, there have been relativley new hobbyiests on the board with fairly small tanks that have nursed bleached nems slowly back to health, so it is not a death sentence.

THe nem looks bleached, but it may be due to the white balance on the camera as well. Even a slight browning is a good sign. If there is some Zoax, it can reproduce. It is the total absence that is really bad.
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