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Old 04-05-2005, 08:13 PM   #1
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anemone moved to shade- should I move it back???


Yeah I just got an anemone a rose bulb. It's really cool and nice but he moved to a lower flow area problem is he's now in the shade... Should I move him back or will he do that on his own. And if I supplement feed him is the light all that important?
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:16 PM   #2
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you can move him anywhere you want. if he does not like it he will move!.
feeding him is a good thing, nothing very large.
they will move to were they think it will be good for them. not a lot you can do about that.
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:16 PM   #3
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No. It will move where ever it wants. Just watch and see if it gets to close to anything like intakes or power heads. It could get sucked up. They will usally find a good spot and stay. They like tons of light. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:17 PM   #4
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If your feeding him enough, then it will be fine -- but they are better at metabolizing energy from light then they are from food. It may move back on its own, and it may not. It's hard to keep them in one place.
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:20 PM   #5
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Okay thanks a lot. I will just let him find a spot and stay there fine with me if he likes the shade... plus I don't want to piss him off more by moving him.

Anyway when you feed these things do you just spray mysis on it with a turkey baster? Or should I put mysis on it with my fingers and will it sting me... I havent touched it yet... Thanks for the answers. I also have live phytoplankton will it like that too?
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:25 PM   #6
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Mine get chunks of shrimp and squid every two weeks or more, I use a 1/2" tube to direct the chunk and they grab on. The sting isn't painful, just enough to make your finger a little numb. They won't hate the phyto but be careful not to overdose with it.
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:32 PM   #7
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They don't hurt. I give mine one frozen shrimp a week. Not always. My clowns feed it also.
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:02 AM   #8
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Yes, get some clown fish they will feed it.

Otherwise, why move it? The anemone will move to wherever he likes, maybe he is getting more light there than you think. Mine has its foot attached underneath a rock, but the tentacles reach around out of the shade.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:23 AM   #9
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All good suggestions - on not to move it, it'll move on it's own. Why add stress to an already stressed animal? It'll be fine once it acclimates to your tank. I feed ours (3 roses and 3 green) everyother day silversides, raw shrimp, scallops, octopus all soaked in selcon (just small pieces that they can eat)
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:06 AM   #10
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Just wanted to add, at first, they can be finicky with eating.

If you have problems, soak your food in water with a garlic clove, remove the clove, and then use the food. You can also prompt eating with brine shrimp (but don't depend on these, as they have no real value...think of them as empty calories). But they are good for starting the anemone eating.

As a side note, I finally got mine where I want him, but he refuses to face forward. He's in the right spot, but faces the back of the tank. Which is almost as frustrating as when he wasn't in a viewable spot.

My advice...just accept that it WILL go whever it wants, and you'll have to deal with it!

only place you should NOT let them park is near the back of the tank/by pumps/by heaters.

good luck! and be very carefull. Anemone's are a fairly difficult critter to maintain, initially.
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Old 04-06-2005, 10:32 AM   #11
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Why take chances on getting stung? A person who is overly sensitive or has developed a sensitivity over time can have a reaction by just having bare skin in the tank without touching an anemone, zoanthids or other animals. Wear gloves or use a feeding prong...better safe than sorry.
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Old 04-06-2005, 11:21 AM   #12
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I posted a while back about my roaming anenomes. I had a rose bubble split (good) and then both are just completely mobile. I was out of town for the weekend and couldn't find one of them..... Turned out he went up over the overflow, rode through my durso and was stuck to the side of a powerhead in my sump. I found him in time and he is happy again..... Wish he would find a spot and stay. Especially frustrating when he is meandering into one of my stinging corals.....

BTW, I feed mine some of the same frozen blocks of food i feed my fish. loves 'em. I do not notice his sting....

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Old 04-06-2005, 11:22 AM   #13
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I hand feed mine, and while his tentacles have attached to me many times, I have never felt anything or reacted in any way. But as Alice pointed out, some are super sensative and can break out just by coming in to contact with the water. (due to chemicals released by the corals). So, if you are unsure, or have any open cuts on your hands, wear gloves.

If you try the turkey baster method, don't blow directly at the anenome. Sometimes in trying to squeeze the food out, you create such a strong blast that it can damage the anenome if you point the baster directly at it.
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