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need help, anemone not doing to good

Discussion in 'Anemone' started by biglittlehoss, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. biglittlehoss

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    I have an anemone that is not doing too good. I took him out of the tank yesterday, decided to put him by himself to see if I couldn't get him going somehow. First I found it hard to feed him because he always wanted to be upside down or in another ackward feeding position. And to be honest I am not real sure how to feed these creatures. I have another anemone that does great. He is in a great position to feed and takes it in. This one does not. Temp is 80; Salinity is .1265; ph 8.2; ammonia was 0 then yesterday it is now .25; nitrite is 0; nitrates were extremely high, but managed to get them down to 20 as of yesterday, so a couple of more water changes should get them to 0.

    The anemone is all shriveled up. Does not blow up like he did when first put in tank. I have him in a large measuring cup now with live sand, rock, small heater, and air bubbles that I have pinched off so as not to get too much. Additionally, he is sitting I have this light that is actually used for people with SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder that I turn on during the day, and at night nothing. Should I add something to this water? Any ideas? Thank you for your help.
     
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    it looks like it's on the way out. when anemone is sick u have to move it into a higher light area and feed. additions of vitamin C is helpful. it's possible that the anemone was improperly handled and damaged before u got it and it just took a while to show.
     
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    I'd have to agree I'd also strongly encourage you to put it back into the main tank and keep a close eye on it. If it has any holes in it's body or develops any hole remove it immedatly. How old is your tank ?how much live rock do you have? what kind of anems do you have ? What sort of substraight. If you'd answer a few of these questions it would really help with a diagnosis.
    hth
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    I would say put it back in the tank. Sometimes they do shrivel up and then spread back out. You should be feeding it some sort of invertebrate food such as larger sized zooplankton. It doesn't necessarily need to "swallow" it, it just needs to have it target fed to it's tentacles and mouth.
     
  5. Max

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    Most of the time when they shrivel up they're only having a b.m. Please, don't panic when your anem does weird things or attempt to help them. About all you can do for them is feed them a little more and make sure your lights are in good shape.
     
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    I know this thread is a year old, but how did everything work out???

    My BTA anemone has been shriveled up for about two days now... I have had it for about 1.5 weeks and it has been looking good since...

    I feed it small pieces of scallops... is that not good? thats what my LFS said to feed it...

    Could my clown be irritating it?? He always tries to cuddle with it, even when it is all shriveled up...


    What is going on?

    Here is a pic of it..

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    two days ago it looked like this:
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    What kind of anemone?
     
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    in my experience when the mouth begins to remain open like that it means they are well on their way to dead. how often have u been feeding it, and what kind of lighting are u running? the clown isnt bothering it, matter of fact they help "calm" the anemone and help it adjust to the changes. i feed mine silversides about once evry three to four days. the clown always shares his food with it too, so its very well fed.
     
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    its a bta


    well the anemone is doing just fine!

    he finished excreting some stuff (slimy) and then he opened right up!! he was just constipated i guess.... either that or he didn't really like his place, so he has since moved on to the other side of the rock he was on... hes like wedged between the back glass and a rock... he was there before, but i moved him to the front of the tank earlier because my clown loves it so much that when it is behind the rock, my clown goes with it and i can't see it...

    but the BTA has moved back to the back glass (where it was before) so i guess he just really likes it back there..

    what happens if it goes too low to get good lighting?? will it move itself or do i need to intervene....
     
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    salty420 this fish was coming on to me

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    ya they deflate when pooping. and it should move if it's not getting enough light.
     
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    ok cool, so if he gets himself into a bad place he will move right?
     
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    It looks to me as if it's bleached . What sort of lights do you have ,"not saying the bleaching is your fault". I would also give it a SMALL whole silver side every four or five days until it starts to colour back up. Then go out to every 7 or 8 days after it recovers. If it's in a tank that's fed on regular basis add a day or two. Anyway keep us posted !
    best of luck
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    Oh, and if you could post a pic with out the acintics that would really be helpful.
     
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    you want a pic with just the 10000k?


    also, i was told by my LFS that feeding it small chunks of scallops was perfect... is this not true???


    i only got the anemone like 2 weeks ago and it arrived in that state....

    i hope its doing ok... like it is between a rock and the back wall and looking really deflated... its under 156watts of T5
     
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    salty420 this fish was coming on to me

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    scallops are fine as far as i know. i feed mine silversides and mysis - only twice a week or so. i think you can feed a little more often when they are bleached and then back off feedings when they are looking better (colorwise). i'd bet it will be looking better today (inflated). i'm amazed how different mine can look from day to day.
     
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    ok well like 2 days ago i squirted some mysis on him... i think i might be feeding him too much, so like he never has a chance to open up and get hungry.... he is sliming all over the back of my tank... there isn't that much water flow there so it just kinda stays near him... it just seems like the least likely spot for an anemone... cmon BTA move out front where there is current and more light and more room!!!
     
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    im soo over my BTA... hes like always deflated and hiding behind rocks...


    im just going to not feed it for like a week and see what happens... hopefully he gest hungry and opens up...
     
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    I haven't fed my BTA directly in about 2 months now.

    He's getting too dang big for my tank.
     
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    Yes, please it would help us tell you if it's bleached or not. The reason I said whole silver sides is that it will get more nutrition from the whole fish body than it will from a chunk of scallop unless you include part of the scallops stomach contents that is. You shouldn't be feeding it a lot in one go either.
    hth
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    I have had my Haitian anemone for about a month and a half now, and about a week ago it shrunk and hasn't grown back. It actually started about the same time I added my gold-stripe maroon clown. Could it be that, since these anemones aren't usually hosts, the maroon is irritating it. Also since it is a FOWLR could it be bad water parameters?
    And sorry BigLittleHoss don't mean to steal your thread.
     

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