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Old 08-09-2001, 01:21 PM   #1
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Bubble Tip Anemone Split!!!


Hey everyone, my Anemone split!

It was a tiny baby when I added it to the tank about two months ago, and it has been growing consistently since. I've got two now and both seem to be doing fine. My clownfish is a little confused as to which one is her home though?

I am assuming this is a natural breeding thing, and a sign of a healthy Anemone? I fed it a large piece of my homemade frozen food about a week ago, and did a 10% water change on Tuesday evening after lights out. I discovered the new Anemone a couple inches away from the parent one yesterday.

I am wondering if it was the feeding or the water change that might have sparked the split? Anyone who successfully raises Anemones have any idea how often this behavior occurs?
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Old 08-09-2001, 07:33 PM   #2
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I have no idea if that prompted the split, but from what I have read here and on RC, if it has split, it is happy. Some folks have them for a long time and don't get that event. Congrats on the success so far and I hope your animal continues to thrive
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Old 08-09-2001, 08:09 PM   #3
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Congratulations!

Bubbletips (Entacmaea quadricolor) are prolific splitters in the wild, forming large clonal beds.

It is certainly an alternative means of reproduction, albeit asexual, and it is unclear what triggers it.

I seem to remember a long-ago lazy debate with Ron Shimek that found varying degrees of agreement on three factors:

1) Sufficient energy reserves in the animal to allow for asexual reproduction. Gotta make sure the beast is healthy and well-nourished.

2) The lack of non-clone conspecifics of the opposite sex in the vicinity. Perhaps chemical cues suggesting the presence of a potential mate trigger efforts at SEXUAL repro, as in the largely-wasted and very energy-expensive broadcast of eggs/sperm into the water. The lack of such chemical cues may tilt efforts towards ASEXUAL repro, in other words "splitting".

3) A proper local environment.

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:42 PM   #4
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I had no idea they split...great post Canadawest. I just bought two bta's, and one decided to hide (nowhere to be found). After reading online, I'm not worried about it getting enough light.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:02 AM   #5
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great score on the nems! I got a couple for free from a local reefer. he had several in his tank and they kept splitting. I love the color and movement they bring to the tank.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:12 AM   #6
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Wow, Zombie thread!!

The OP was made when the WTC was still standing tall...

Wonder how big those nems are today??
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:19 AM   #7
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Wow, Zombie thread!!

The OP was made when the WTC was still standing tall...

Wonder how big those nems are today??
LOL, 13 year old thread, and nems usually split due to being unhappy not being happy, just saying
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:37 AM   #8
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LOL, 13 year old thread, and nems usually split due to being unhappy not being happy, just saying
Where are you getting the info of nems only split when unhappy? From everything I've read that is pure speculation at best. A nem splitting is nothing more than asexual reproduction. The reasons can vary widely
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:50 PM   #9
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Explaining why nems split is almost as easy as explaining why a BTA had bulbs or no bulbs. I would be interested to hear why you think they are unhappy when they split.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:54 PM   #10
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I have no idea if it's true or not, but I've read in many places that anemones split when they're stressed.
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:43 PM   #11
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My rbta's seem to split every time I feed them. Drives me nuts.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:50 PM   #12
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Mine just split, and I definitely agree it was stress. It had only been in the tank for a month, an though it appears to be healthy and happy, the stress of a mail-order move and getting placed in a new tank has to be stressful. I find this a more likely scenario (in my case) than it was happy and healthy. Both are doing quite well a week after.
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:59 AM   #13
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Yes I have personally had them split out of stress and non stress. That was the question/point. Splitting is just asexual reproduction of the nem. They reproduce for a wide variety of reasons. Stress (Read two nems have a better chance at survival than one), or even something as simple as reproduction for the continuation of the species. There is no one reason why they split and after MANY hours of research I have yet to see a Marine Biologist say definite one way or another as to why. There are theory's as to why and most fall under the above explanation.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:46 PM   #14
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Yeah. A local guy around here had a large 8" rbta get caught into a power head. Then after that it split 8 times lol. I have two of those nems or clones of the clones. I have to stop feeding mine so much. A little bit of mysis once every couple weeks and they still grow about an inch in diameter a month! They have great color. I must have ideal water for them. It's a little rediculous.
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:38 AM   #15
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Anemones like some coral split to save there genetic code could be from stress and feeling its is in danger or it is happy and it is safe to populate the area both valid ideas both not fully proven
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