Dying Anemone?

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  1. Heather Carver

    Heather Carver Astrea Snail

    Mar 17, 2015
    Hi Everyone!
    A few weeks ago I purchased a Bubble Tip Anemone. This is my first anemone. I did everything that you are supposed to, have good lighting, make sure your water parameters are great and wait at least 6 months before adding one. This morning my anemone was fine. It was open. When feeding my fish a few minutes ago I noticed that my anemone was closed up. I'm not sure if it's dying or digesting. The employee at my local pet store told me that when you feed them they tend to close up and look like their dying and will open up a few days later. I did feed him brine shrimp yesterday. Please help!

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  3. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

    Feb 21, 2013
    Canton OH
    A couple things to look for:

    Tentacles being shed, usually a bad sign.

    The mouth hanging open.

    Mine will hang there looking like a wilted flower after it eats sometimes but has closed up like yours in the past. Keep an eye out for the things listed above and you will have to just wait it out and see how things develop.
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  4. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

    May 28, 2011

    Looks normal to me. Nems tend to change size and shape, and to close periodically. As stated, shedding tentacles, drooping mouth, or loosing it's footing are bad signs.
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  5. civiccars2003

    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

    Mar 18, 2010
    Akron Ohio
    If I had a penny for everytime my bta has shrunk and looked like it was dying off, I would have at least one dollar...
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  6. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

    Aug 13, 2012
    it looks good as far as color and attached, both good signs. Sounds like you were very conscientious about doing things right! I wouldn't feed it again for at least a week (I feed mine about 1 x per week or every other week) - they don't have to be fed but I believe it's good for them. Expanding and contracting is very common - mine usually deflates when lights are off and then opens back up when lights come on.
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