Anemone Care?? advice please

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  1. HayNZ

    HayNZ Astrea Snail

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    Hi everyone,

    A friend who is currently breaking down her tank has given me some live rock. One rock has a small white anemone on it (my first one).

    It is nestled into a hole in the rock and for the first few days it was visible poking out of the rock HOWEVER yesterday I went to have a look and it seems to have pulled itself back into the hole so you can barely see it.

    Can anyone tell me what might be going on? Also if anyone has tips on anemone care they would be much appreciated.

    I don't have a picture as I can't get a decent angle with the camera to be able to see it.

    Thanks :)
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Look at images of Condylactis Anemones and see if that fits with the ID.

    http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=497 499 619&pcatid=619

    There are hundreds of different types of anemones, some pest and invasive so you need to nail down an id. Is it a rock anemone, is it non-photosynthetic....??? you see just even a basic direction in anemone type will help us help you.

    Photosynthetic anemones do fine under a modern lighting fixture made specifically for a reef tanks, any light that will grow corals. Some anemones like a Ritteri needs pristine water quality, not really a beginner anemone. Other anemones like Sebae are delicate as well, where as a Entacmaea quadricolor aka BTA is a hardy anemone.

    Look at the link above Liveaquaria has a nice selection of anemones currently so you just might find the type you have.

    Hope that helps.

    :)
     
  4. HayNZ

    HayNZ Astrea Snail

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    Hi, thank you very much. I have had a look online and the closest image I can find to compare it too is below (though mine is much smaller).

    So I'm guessing it is a entacmaea quadricolor anemone. Any ideas why it has retreated into the rock?
     

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  5. oldfishkeeper

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    anemones will do that - expand and get smaller and pull into rocks.....they are such interesting creatures
     
  6. HayNZ

    HayNZ Astrea Snail

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    Ok so nothing to worry about at this stage you think? Just keep an eye on him?
     
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    yes, nothing to worry about. I would suggest feeding the anemone (when it expands again) a small piece of shrimp. I would only feed once a week. It does look to be bleached, so it will be trying to get light soon. what kind of lighting do you have?
     
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  9. HayNZ

    HayNZ Astrea Snail

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    I have a red sea max 250 all in one system so: T5 fluorescent 39W; 3 x 10,00K / 3 x actinic
    So when he expands I just drop the shrimp into the middle of him? Sorry that is probably a really silly question. I do intend to look up a video on youtube :)
     
  10. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes that looks like a BTA.

    It's possible the anemone is just acclimating to the light and will show it's self when ready.

    Anemones come with risk so beware of the anemone on the move, which BTA will do. Watch power heads, overflows and heaters.

    Tiny pieces of raw sea food placed within the tentacles for feeding. Remove any uneaten piece or expelled piece. Do not over feed, one piece is fine.
     
  11. HayNZ

    HayNZ Astrea Snail

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    Ok fabulous, thanks everyone. I will get him fed tonight and keep a very close eye on him! I will also try get a photo up if I can get a decent one.
     
  12. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would not feed the anemone until the anemone is out and fully expanded.

    Anemones have a simple anatomy and gastric structure, food does not move quickly through their system so bacteria may set in. I would wait and let the anemone acclimate.

    HTH. ;)