is my new anemone Dead?

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  1. aesp533262

    aesp533262 Spaghetti Worm

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    Can someone help? I just got him yesterday. Was nice a full but then i come home to this today. What should i do? I noticed the mouth was open wide and brown stingy stuff floating in the water.

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  3. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    He may have pooped, which is good, or he may have expelled his zooxanthellae algae. The later is bad. is his foot attached to anything and are his tentacles sticky?

    Also, what are the details of your tank?
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    aesp533262 Spaghetti Worm

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    all parameters good. 8.2 ph, 10dkh, 1.026 sal, 80 degrees, cal 460ppm,

    its foot was still attached to a piece of rock. i just didn't want to disturb it after i put it in the tank.
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    aesp533262 Spaghetti Worm

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    i have moved it to the top of a rock to see what happens. Whats worrying me is that if its dead i do not want to crash my system.

    what should i do?
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    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    What are your parameters exactly?

    I would stop moving him and letr him settle in. If he is still attached to a rock you are still fine. However, if his foot comes off there is a good chance he is a goner.
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    aesp533262 Spaghetti Worm

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    it seems that he is still on the rock. he has completly wrapped him self over. just the tips of his tentacles are showing. But you can still see that the mouth is a big white gaping hole in the center of it all. Ill keep my eye on him for the next couple of hours.
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  9. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    He may also just be replacing the water in him. Give him a few days.
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    aesp533262 Spaghetti Worm

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    what other signs should i look for? other than a jelly blob and falling off the rock?
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    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    floating around the tank, constantly having a gaping mouth, but it is to soon to tell what it is doing. Odds are it is still settling in. It looks healthy to me except for the mouth, but only time can tell with that.
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    aesp533262 Spaghetti Worm

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    there is still some movement. I see the mouth pushing forward and back repeatively. Hope this is a good sign.
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    You still haven't told me what your parameters are, lighting, age of tank, and filtration. All this information is very important to help you figure out what is going on.
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  15. aesp533262

    aesp533262 Spaghetti Worm

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    tank set up since july 09. 90 gallon w/ corner overflow, 30gal sump, 2 x 150 w metal halide 2 x 96 w actinics. 100lbs live rock, 2 x koralia 4 circulation pumps. all test using API Saltwater and reef tests...

    PH at (or about) 8.0 -8.2, purpleish on the little card.
    Nitrite at 0
    Nitrates at 0
    Ammonia at 0
    Phosphates at 0
    Calcium at 460 ppm
    Alk at 10dkh

    These were tested this morning. I have just transitioned to Reef Crystals and have done 2 water changes with it, but this was about a month ago now.
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    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    I think your nem will be fine and that you just need to give it a few days to acclimate.
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    you just made me very happy. most people that get nems have NO idea what to do with them. they dont know much and arent very educated about them.

    you however, seem to have done your research (somethings still get us, like the gaping mouth) but you have waited nearly the appropriate time for one, your water params are great, just leave it be for a while.
  18. Bunner

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    its doesnt look healthy to me... usually (or so i have read) when its mouth is gapping its not a good sign.
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    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    A continually gaping mouth is a bad sign. When they poop or change their water in them they will have a gaping mouth.

    Any updates?
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  21. tigermike74

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    80º is a bit warm for anemones. They are cooler water animals, I kept my water at 76º when my nems were alive. The reason is that there is more dissolved oxygen in cooler water than warmer water and anemones need a high concentration of oxygen for their tissues. When they expel the water and reinflate, they are either trying to absorb more oxygen or rid the CO2 rich water after feeding (pooping). Anemones tend to do better in lower kelvin lighting due to the zooxanthellae, like 10000K bulbs. 6700K would do best, but that usually leads to algae problems in the tank.
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    aesp533262 Spaghetti Worm

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    ***update***

    So its been a week, and Im glad to say that the anemone is just fine, i think. It definitely looks better, fully blooms and moves around now. I was going to take a picture today and post a question as to "is it normal for an anemone to extend its foot so far" but this morning when i woke up i find that it has moved underneath a large rock i use as a cave. There is no light in there, and im sure he will realize this later and will move, but should i just leave it alone and let it figure this out or move it to a better spot?
  23. eddy38

    eddy38 Spaghetti Worm

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    Don't be surprised if he doesn't move, mine hangs upside down out of a cave he has been in since the first time i got him. In the daytime he stretches out an unbelivable amount around the rock. The elasticity of these creatures freaks me out. In the pic you can kinda see it's stalk stretched out to get the head to the light.
    Glad yours made it!!!!

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