Anemone Split? Why?

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  1. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    My anemone split! What does this mean?

    I feed him about every other day and he hasn't moved since he was added almost 3 weeks ago and has opened up fully every day.

    Is this good or bad?

    The other half that split off when half way under the rock. Annoying. :p
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Not uncommon and really not a concern just yet.

    I would not feed every other day though, once a week to every other week is fine.

    Anemones are simple animals with a slow digestive process, feeding too much might lead to food sitting in the gut and turning into a bacterial infection which is deadly.
     
  4. NITTINID

    NITTINID Astrea Snail

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    This could be bad and good...it could be stressed out and split to assure the survival of its species...or it could be that your water is great and if felt the need to reproduce...there's no way anyone can really tell....either way...now you got 2!!!! :) just keep a close eye on them....if one does die...remove it quickly!!! A dead condy will create a major ammonia spike!!! F.Y.I anenomes that are white...usually are bleaching out(stressed)...their natural color is a tan color...

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  5. NanoMano

    NanoMano Gigas Clam

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    you have 3 tangs in a 90?? and one is a sailfin? you know thats too many right? the sailfin alone with get well over 1 foot.. :eek:
     
  6. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    It was a huge nem if i recall correctly, I'm figuring mine to split any day too due to its size. They do that.
     
  7. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    Ok, I won't feed as much. The person I bought him from was feeding him every other day, so I didn't want him to go hungry.

    He was like 8-9 inches across. Maybe he's just really happy. I hope so!

    Water is super good, he has ample light....hasn't lost any color.



    I figure if he split because he's unhappy/for survival, wouldn't the original nem have shown signs of stress before splitting? Or no?
     
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  9. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Half the BTA I have had in the past split within the first month after introduction to a new tank and I never lost one.

    Personally I think it's a reaction to changes in water chemistry between different tanks, it signals a change and the anemones splits whether for self preservation I am not sure, but changing tanks seems to be a catalyst.
     
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  10. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    Okay, I'll keep my eye on him. I'm so nervous! I was quite alarmed when I came down this morning and my nem was in two! I didn't know they could split that fast. Also makes me nervous the other half was wandering around the tank, but it didn't go too far. Hopefully it will stay put even though I can't see it that well.
     
  11. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    Sooo the mother anemone got really shriveled over the course of the day...and moved around over night.

    Bad sign? Or is this normal after splitting? I assume splitting is quite taxing on them and maybe they need some time to recover?

    I'm starting to get anemone grey hairs! The first 3 weeks were so easy I thought it would be smooth sailing...
     
  12. Peredhil

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    no experience with them, so I won't chime in. But I am going to tease you on that line :p:p:p