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Old 09-11-2019, 09:35 AM   #1
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I've had an anemone die before so I know the smell is very foul. But this little guy is still stuck on the rock and I took out the rock and sniffed the little guy he doesn't smell foul, he has moved a little from his spot the other day but I moved the rock so he would have more light. I do not know what to do I dont want to kill him if hes still alive 😭.
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:15 PM   #2
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It may help if you leave it alone.
How lonf have you had it, how old is the aquarium, how much experience do you have?
Anemone, even the easiest are not easy to keep. As they are mostly comprised of water, water quality and stability are very important. If it doesn't like where it is it will find somewhere it likes. Did you aclimate it to your lighting? Often local fish stores don't have good lighting and the livestock has been shipped in the dark so good bright tank lighting can be a shock. Also since they depend on their symbiotic algae they have to have good lighting.

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Old 09-11-2019, 11:29 PM   #3
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It may help if you leave it alone.
How lonf have you had it, how old is the aquarium, how much experience do you have?
Anemone, even the easiest are not easy to keep. As they are mostly comprised of water, water quality and stability are very important. If it doesn't like where it is it will find somewhere it likes. Did you aclimate it to your lighting? Often local fish stores don't have good lighting and the livestock has been shipped in the dark so good bright tank lighting can be a shock. Also since they depend on their symbiotic algae they have to have good lighting.

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Ive had him for about 2 werks, the aquarium I had him in was about 2 -3 months but I almost killed him with ich medicine.... so I had to move him to a different tank thats about 20 gallons maybe 30. Ive been checking the water parameters nothings been spiking the lighting I am not sure on that tank. I realized I should have waited but I thought my nemos had to have them til I found a post where they said they do not. He picked his spot and he still moving just the mouth is open, and he has not let loose to the rock. I acclimated him to the water for the lighting i had it shut off for a bit then turned it on later ? Im not to sure how to acclimate them to light. But other ones have been getting bigger and seems healthy just that one because he stayed inbetween two rocks for couple days now maybe so I flipped the rock over today because he so he can have light but he seems to want to get off the rock but it seems like he cant fgure out how? He was a lot better in my other tank til I put that ich medicine in there and had to move him. The water I check is 1.026 and testing the water it seems to be good
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:26 AM   #4
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If it's mouth is open all of the time, it is not a good sign.

Light acclimation consists of reducing light levels and gradually increasing them to the level you normally run them at. This can be done by turning the lights down, or raising the fixture and lowering it over a period of days back to it's normal position.
What kind of light?

What kind of ICH "medicine"?
If it was copper based then returning it to the other tank is pretty much a non starter.
The only medicines that will actually work on ICH are not reef safe, Don't believe anything you hear to the contrary. If your fish are healthy and eating they will normally beat ICH by themselves.

Water parameters is a lot more than the Salinity, there is ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and lot of other things that there are not even test kits for.
Where the aquariums Cycled, no ammonia or nitrite?
As I said anemone are mostly water and are very delicate. It is possible it will die from exposure to the ICH medication, Depending of course on what it was.
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If it's mouth is open all of the time, it is not a good sign.

Light acclimation consists of reducing light levels and gradually increasing them to the level you normally run them at. This can be done by turning the lights down, or raising the fixture and lowering it over a period of days back to it's normal position.
What kind of light?

~◇ I did not do that when I first got them. Thank you for telling me how to do it. I know its a white light but I bought with the tank set.Im at work so I cant look at it right now.

What kind of ICH "medicine"?
If it was copper based then returning it to the other tank is pretty much a non starter.
The only medicines that will actually work on ICH are not reef safe, Don't believe anything you hear to the contrary. If your fish are healthy and eating they will normally beat ICH by themselves.

~◇ It was not copper I believe it did have triethylene glycol, victoria green, nitromersol, acriflavine, which I learned is terrible. My local fish store helped me out a lot by telling me I should have not used it into my tank and that copper will destroy my tank. And the disease was not ich it turned out to be a different disease which made half of there coat a little white and gave them a cloudy eye and it only happened to my black clownfish. So ive been using paraguard on them. And, today the cloudy eye cleared up.

Water parameters is a lot more than the Salinity, there is ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and lot of other things that there are not even test kits for.
Where the aquariums Cycled, no ammonia or nitrite?
As I said anemone are mostly water and are very delicate. It is possible it will die from exposure to the ICH medication, Depending of course on what it was.
~◇ I checked the ammonia nitrite nirtrate phos and others, the tests were all good I check those often. The anemone did die today and I took out as soon as I saw it. It looked like it was melted on the rock and a slight smell I believe I got out before it contaminated everything but at the same time Im not sure. The other anemones seemed a little down today I believe it was due to the anemone that died when I took him out and put stability they seemed to perked up. But Im not taking the chance and will be changing most of the water out of my main tank since my fish are better and hopefully everything will be ok? Ill probably move the anemone tmr unless they look awful when i get out of work and will let it cycle or im not sure. The water wasnt really cloudy when I removed the anemone but at the same time... Yea thank you for replying to my forum!
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:49 PM   #6
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What kind of ICH medication did you use?
This will have a bearing on what you will have to do be putting the anemone in the main tank.
Most of the ones that claim to be reef safe are just snake oil and most likely they will be fine. Anything that actually works will have copper or formaldehyde and will require more work before anemone will will last in it. Did any of your other inverts have any problems?


It is possible that the anemone had a torn foot or other problem from the pet store or before and that is why it expired.
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What kind of ICH medication did you use?
This will have a bearing on what you will have to do be putting the anemone in the main tank.
Most of the ones that claim to be reef safe are just snake oil and most likely they will be fine. Anything that actually works will have copper or formaldehyde and will require more work before anemone will will last in it. Did any of your other inverts have any problems?


It is possible that the anemone had a torn foot or other problem from the pet store or before and that is why it expired.
~It is called * jungle - ich guard * I took all the inverts out of the tank at the same time. All of was shut closed but inside the new water they opened back up except him only a little but not a lot. The snails im going to be testing them first into the main tank to see if they survive? The anemone was pulled off the glass when I bought him so it could be possible that he did tear a foot but I'm not sure.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:26 PM   #8
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That was what he looked like before I used the ich medicine. That was the second day when I got him the one with white/green on it. So I dont think he had a tore foot? Unless he got it later on.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:21 PM   #9
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Jungle Ich Guard contains Malachite Green, toxic to inverts,
Make sure you do some water changes and run charcoal for a while before putting any inverts back in. I don't know if the rock will absorb it or not.
Best thing to do is never medicate you display tank, if you must medicate use a Hospital tank.
But as I said earlier healthy fish will normally fight off ICH by themselves. ICH is all over the place in the ocean.


Now as for the dead anemone, it could have been unhealthy when you got it or damaged and the ICH "cure" pushed it over the edge.
There are many variables.
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Jungle Ich Guard contains Malachite Green, toxic to inverts,
Make sure you do some water changes and run charcoal for a while before putting any inverts back in. I don't know if the rock will absorb it or not.
Best thing to do is never medicate you display tank, if you must medicate use a Hospital tank.
But as I said earlier healthy fish will normally fight off ICH by themselves. ICH is all over the place in the ocean.


Now as for the dead anemone, it could have been unhealthy when you got it or damaged and the ICH "cure" pushed it over the edge.
There are many variables.
So its been about over a week since i put in the ich medication and did about 10 gallons out of my main tank. The main tank is 55 gallons im going to change 15 gallons and 20 gallons tomorrow? I have charcoal in the tank. Ill use my temp tank next time i medicate them >.<. You're probably right on the anemone =/. How long do you think I should wait and do you think my anemone may have polluted the small tank?
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:48 PM   #11
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The anemone should not have hurt anything if you removed it before it melted.
I would try some snails or other inverts a couple of days after the water changes.
Make sure and keep your charcoal fresh.
If they do well slowly add the rest and then the anemone.
I just noticed you have 5 clown fish.
Better keep an eye on them unless your tank is huge well over 100 gallons it is not recommended to keep more than a pair unless they are from the same brood.
Usually ends in bloodshed.
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The anemone should not have hurt anything if you removed it before it melted.
I would try some snails or other inverts a couple of days after the water changes.
Make sure and keep your charcoal fresh.
If they do well slowly add the rest and then the anemone.
I just noticed you have 5 clown fish.
Better keep an eye on them unless your tank is huge well over 100 gallons it is not recommended to keep more than a pair unless they are from the same brood.
Usually ends in bloodshed.
The anemone did melt a bit but i got it ou right away and changed some of the water they all look ok in there just a little worried. I did put a snail in there and it still kicking in there. But i put my scooter blenny in the water he didnt seem to do so well. So i put him back in the temp tank he livened right back up. They are oscellerus or however its spelled and ive been watching theyve been doinng really well! The charcoal i bought says it lasts for about 4 months or am i suppose to wash it with water to keep it fresh?
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How long the charcoal lasts depends on the amount of chemicals it has to absorb out of the water. Rinsing in clean water will not renew the charcoal.


As for the clown fish the major problems will develop as they mature.
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