My Anemone keeps spitting out his food!

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  1. glblguy

    glblguy Spaghetti Worm

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    I purchased a condy anemone at the LFS a week or so ago. I've been cutting up small pieces of raw shrimp for him to eat (with skin removed). It eats it, and then during the night spits it back out!

    It's done this 3 times now and I'm a little concerned it's not eating at all. I have seen it grab some myssis shrimp I put it for my copperbanded butterly.

    Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong?

    Thanks!
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  3. mandarin11

    mandarin11 Peppermint Shrimp

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    Not sure why it's doing that. Try silver sides. If it is spits that out then I would start to worry. How long have you had it and what lighting is it under?
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    phoenixhieghts Panda Puffer

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    maybe he's just happy with the mysis and light, I noticed when i fed my duncans with some krill that one head swallowed it and another spat it out! but its always grabbing the brine shrimp i feed the fish with!
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    baugherb Giant Squid

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    Maybe its still acclimating to your tank. Give it some time and see what happens.... JMO!!!!
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    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    Expect you may be overfeeding...:-/

    Give only little bit every week or so.

    Too much food is one of biggest killer of tank anems...
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  7. glblguy

    glblguy Spaghetti Worm

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    I have it under Metal Halides about 4-6 hours a day, actinics from about 7:00am - 8:00pm, then moonlight LEDs.

    It did decide to move last night...over next to my polyps :angry: So I moved him this morning further away from them.

    I'll just keep an eye on it. It looks very healthy, and within minutes after the MHs come on, he expands out and is really beautiful.
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    baugherb Giant Squid

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    Good luck.. Hope everthing works out...
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    glblguy Spaghetti Worm

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    Ah, ok...Thanks Omard. Probably too big of pieces then. When fully expanded, it's about 4 inches from tentacle to tentacle. The base is about 1" - 2" inches wide (when the lights are on).

    I tried a piece of shrimp about 1/2", guess that's too much? What size then 1/8" or 1/4" ?
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    with your lighting there is really no need to feed the anemone..But if you insist on feeding it get some squid bait type is best and a dime sized chunk monthly is all they need . Its not like they catch a stupid fish daily or weekly in the wild .. Manualy feeding them just makes them get Larger and split often and thats not a good thing if you keep it in a reef tank.
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    glblguy Spaghetti Worm

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    Well, sure don't want to feed him if I don't have to. So how do they eat? Just filter feed?
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  15. jcdillin

    jcdillin Spaghetti Worm

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    Both filter feed and lighting, but mostly the lighting. Before I got the clown I never fed mine, i'm sure the clown gives him some food. But he was happy with just the light.
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  16. Tangster

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    I'd like to say they just do it LOl But here is a short and simple explnation of what happens in the sac o water many call anemone's , But when light hits it :) microscopic single-celled, brown algae or dinoflagellates called zooxanthellae. live in the anemones and Like all plants, they require sunlight for photosynthesis, a process that the suns or solar energy is used to make sugars from carbon and water. Some of these sugars feed the algae's metabolism, but most of them "leak" to the anemone, providing energy or food to it. Thats the readers Digiest version Plus they will trap particals in the water such as flake and fish droppings and suck its poo to me but its food to them :) But then again I'm no anemone
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  17. glblguy

    glblguy Spaghetti Worm

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    Great info, thanks Tangster!
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    If he is moving you may just want to let him be as he is looking for a home that fits his needs ( flow rate and light), and he will keep moving until he finds one.

    I feed my anems scallops from the local grocery store about once evry pther week and let the light do the rest. I wouldnt worry about him to much if he still looks good and isnt keeping the food you give him as previously said he is probably getting food elsewhere.

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    Tangerster...

    Karma to you for the best explanation of an anem and feeding from the light so easy to understand that way.
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    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    I once upon a time had a nice little anemone that I never fed for years.

    My Maroons and lighting took care of it just fine.

    Then I made big boo-boo and decided to give it a small squirt of what ever I was feed fish every day.

    It quickly morphed into this monster! :eek:


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    Now was afraid not to feed it!! (call it Audry II, as in "...Feed me Seymore, uh Omar...")





    :-/