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counrygirl
07-17-2007, 3:29 PM
my tank has running about 6 months and I have had the anemone for about 3months and now it won't eat and stays closed a lot and when it is open it's not fully open have checked the water and everthing ( nitrates 0,nitries 0,ammonia 0,ph 8.2 ,salinaty 1.21)is good, I have t5's for light's, I have been feeding it shrimp form the store cut very small pieices , at night when the lights are out I look in the tank with a light and it is opened a lot more but can't get it to eat I tryed to feed it and it just pushes it out what should I do :confused:

Subliminal
07-17-2007, 3:38 PM
1.21 is low on the salinity. That's hyposalinity, in fact. I'd try to slowly aise that up to 1.025ish...just not too quickly.

Nolapete
07-17-2007, 3:41 PM
Why go to the high end with 1.025? I'd bring it to 1.023 and see what happens first.

How often do you feed it?

What type of anemone is it?

Grins
07-17-2007, 3:49 PM
I'd add some variety to it's diet.

clown-lover
07-17-2007, 7:17 PM
I'm not an anemone expert by any means, but has it changed colors? Also can I ask how are you keeping your nitrates at 0??? I don't think that is related to your problem, but it my answer what I need to do for my own problem.

counrygirl
07-17-2007, 8:48 PM
I will raise the salinity to 1.25 and what else can I feed the anemone I going the the lfs tomorrow and get some silverside will that be good to feed I have read on here and what else can I feed it and yes it seems to be clear sometimes and sometime it is white which it what color it was when I got it I read on here that when they are clear that they are starving ( not sure)that is why I'm trying to feed it and clown-lover I'm not sure what I'm doing right as far nitrates goes that has not been an isue with my main tank now when I qt my fish (for some reason)yes my nitrates and nitrites go up a lot

Grins
07-17-2007, 8:58 PM
Here is a good place to read on their nutrition: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/anemonefdgfaqs.htm

clown-lover
07-17-2007, 10:38 PM
Here is a good place to read on their nutrition: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/anemonefdgfaqs.htm

This was a quote that caught my eye when I read that a couple of months ago..

I fed the tank with Marine Snow the other day, but I don't know if I should be feeding the anemone shrimp right now or not...
<This product... is a sham... it's the "Emperor's new fish food"... of exceedingly little to no nutritive value>
<I do: read: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marine/inverts/index.htm scroll down to the area re Anemones... go over their systems, feeding... Bob Fenner>>

Grins
07-17-2007, 11:27 PM
I've heard that about Marine Snow before.

Subliminal
07-18-2007, 7:39 AM
An anemone has a symbiotic relationship with algae, just like corals, and that's what give them their color. If they bleach (turn white), it's usually related to the algae, and they've lost it somehow, be it from too little light, or some stressful situation making them expel it.

Silversides are great, and my anemone seems to REALLY like them. However, my nem will also take pieces of flake food if they touch the tentacles, as well as salmon or whatever else comes near it that isn't a clownfish. :)

Good luck, and keep us posted!

Reefscape
07-18-2007, 8:30 AM
An anemone has a symbiotic relationship with algae, just like corals, and that's what give them their color. If they bleach (turn white), it's usually related to the algae, and they've lost it somehow, be it from too little light.....

Its a very good point made there....What is the wattage of the lighting system your using on the tank?

Niko

counrygirl
07-18-2007, 10:33 PM
just wanted to let everyone that my anemone has eaten to night (guess it tired of me trying to feed it and decided to eat)thank god I was worried alot,and my lights are 10000 day light and 10000 blue not sure what the are called let them run 12 on and 12 off plus I put the pc that came with the tank back on there they are 17 watts each so do I have enough lighting I hope so let me know thanks for all the respones from everyone glad to be a part of the forum

counrygirl
07-18-2007, 11:05 PM
and I forgot to add that I'm raising the salinity up slowly it's up to 1.23and tomorrow I will raise it up some more thanks

Subliminal
07-19-2007, 7:34 AM
Awesome...glad he's doing better! My nem is about my favorite tank occupant.

Reefscape
07-19-2007, 7:44 AM
Really really happy that its started to eat...its a great improvemnt, hope it now stays this way....great news....

Niko

Grins
07-19-2007, 2:03 PM
Congrats on it eating. I'm sure you feel much better seeing that.

Tikidude
07-19-2007, 2:15 PM
WOOHOO!!! I love hearing good news. Glad to hear he is eating. Perhaps that salinity was the issue all along. It seemed he started eating after she raised it a bit.

counrygirl
07-19-2007, 4:50 PM
yea I think it was but I'm much much happier that it eating,thanks for all the help and the concern from each and everyone that helped me with this and as I said before would not know what to do if it weren't for this forum and all the great people on here, thanks again will keep you guys informed of how things are going

Grins
07-19-2007, 5:00 PM
Would love to see a photo of it when you get time.

counrygirl
07-19-2007, 9:17 PM
will haft to get a camera my camcorder not working and when I get one will post pics