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Discussion in 'Anemone's' started by Sentari, 9 Jan 2011.

  1. Sentari

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    Hi Brenda

    I was wondering if you could give me a few pointers in helping a nennie recover. I have a feeling its a RBTA or some other BTA.

    The Nennie was in a friends tank and the tank took a turn for the worst. The nennie seems to be bleached. I've been nursing it and its looking alot better. Extending at times and eating well. Used to be a nice Reddish now its pink tips.

    I've been feeding the nennie ocean nutrition lance fish every 3 days.

    The nennie is under 1 x 54w T5 and 2 x 39w T5's.

    Any suggestions to try recover the nennie?

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  3. chikaboo

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    I'm sure Brenda will need more than only lighting ..... Hows the flow ... Hows the temp swings..... Also I think something as important as letting her know what lights there are (something alot of us (me included) neglect to mention is how deep a tank is and how far from the lights physically is a coral or nemmie) Also its current size helps guage its health whether its improving or detoriating .....
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    Sorry.

    Lighting is as following.

    1 x 54w Giesseman AquaBlue+
    1 x 39w Giesseman AquaBlue+
    1 x 39w Giesseman Pure Actinic

    I have MH units which i'm thinking of turning on but i want to get new bulbs first.

    From what i know BTA's usually dont need that much lighting.

    Tank is 450 deep. I would say the Nennie is about 300mm from the light.

    Temperature is 24 - 26

    Water flow is Resun wavemaker 15000 l/h max and a 5000l/h Sun sun.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    No, no metal halide for rose bubble tips, especially when they half bleached. Will just end up trying to hide, and will be under some rock in the shade. And by doing that they will just bleach even more. Been there, done that, lost the nemmie. And it kept on moving to places where I simply could not fed it.

    Also, make sure you feed it really small pieces of food. 5mm diameter max.
     
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    Thanks Riaan. I know you dont need MH's for BTA.

    Do you think it is a BTA?

    I've been feeding it half a lance fish. Maybe i should feed smaller pieces.
     
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    i would start off with small pieces of fish... half a lance fish is pretty big!
     
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    Its been chowing it with ease! Will change to smaller pieces. Thanks Henk
     
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    if its happy and you are 100% sure it doesnt spit it out (check behind your LR) then keep on feeding it. i find that a stressed/bleached nenny tends to spit out large food stuffs
     
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    Its happy. I have to watch it eat because the fish always try steal the food. But i watch the nennie close and open up again. It looks very happy. Just worried about the colour. It used to be a nice reddish colour now its pink. And only at the tips.
     
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    They can spit it out long after it opened up. 30minutes or more. so you see it take the lance fish, and it closed up, open up thereafter. And you think its "swallowed" the food. But it will once it realized its to big, spit it out and the other tankmates will then finish it off before you see it.

    So yes, smaller pieces.
     
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    Cool will change to smaller pieces. Do i just need to feed it one small piece every 3 days or should i feed it more?

    Also any idea what species it is?
     
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    hence i said check behind the LR :D
     
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    mmmmm half a lance fish is not all that big .... depending of course on the size of the nemmie .... my carpet can have 2 x pices of large prawns like its a snack .... then again .... its almost half a meter! sooo .... plz post a physical size (approximate) when fully opened so that we have more info ....
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    yea but a carpet isnt a BTA :D

    I have been trying to get a good photo of my RBTA that i got +- a month ago. It looked exactly the same as the photos posted in the beginning of this thread but now it has gone a darker red/pink with lovely metalic dark green around the mouth. I feed it a small piece of hake 3 times a week... which might still be to much
     
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    My fish / hermits etc would have chowed it. They pigs!!!

    As Henk said its not easy to take photo's of. its about 5 to 10 cm big.

    I agree not easy to take a pic of it. I'll keep trying.
     
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    This is true but the idea behind giving us an approximate size is that we can determine that the portions of food is appropriate to the size of the specimen ..... no need for a photo as even those are deceiving if we dont have something to refer to like a 5 rand coin or something that we all know the size of ..... BTW I found that my african clowns basically feeds the nemmie (or its hiding the food there untill it they can have it) but I noticed they dont "store" large pieces in there .... So it gets its fair share either way ....
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    I have a clown hosting in the nennie also. Its a Cinnamon Clown. It also helps by feeding the nennie.

    Nennie also looks happy with it.
     
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    From my experience with RBTA's is that they are the more well behaved anemone, not moving around a lot. They are more tolerant of lower lighting but that doesn't mean they need very little light. My one was initially under T5's then metal halides. It will retract its tentacles and hide once they have had enough light. I hardly ever fed mine and it still divided into two other clones, however, I did feed powdered and liquid zooplancton. They dont really like a lot of current and just like to be blown around gently. Mine did get sucked up into a powerhead once but it sulked for a few weeks and gradually made a recovery, so they are quiet hardy.

    One amazing thing I noticed in Mauritius is that I saw H. magnifica's in two metre deep water with no current and they were hardly moving and surrounded by a coral reef, but extremely happy. I also noticed the same anemones in 40 metre deep with very little light which was in the green side of the spectrum but they had tons of current and also happy. So which one is it? It seems to throw our theories in the air a bit
     
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    Fully Agree Tony! They are awesome nennies.

    Basically what i'm trying to find out is if its bleached and how to get its zooxanthellae back.

    Mine looks like a RBTA. Will wait for Brenda to respond and see what her opinion regarding this is.
     
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    Feed it with zooplancton, keep up with the lancefish feeding, add iodine to the water and it should recover nicely. It seems to have a nice pink colour to it so it's definately on the road to success, so I just think it's a TLC and waiting game
     
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