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  1. gMAN

    gMAN with the plan

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    Hi all,
    After my last experience with nennies, I need advise on one that I found(not purchased yet). Am told it's a magnifica? Can anyone pls advise on it's color (tentacle), looks bleached but was told that's it's color? :p

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    Hi gMan - YES. This is indeed a heteractis magnifica. BUT, it is indeed bleached. Not TOO bad yet, though. BUT, you will have to play very quickly to save this poor anemone. It does look OK enough to save, though. With some regular feeding.....

    Good luck.
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    Thanks jb, I haven't purchased it yet so I'm thinking of paying the LFS & asking him to keep it for a week or 2 (or how long is one permitted to ask LFS to hold?)? I think it just came in on a recent shipment....
     
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    A week and half to two weeks sounds about right!
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    Thanks jb :thumbup:
     
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    Great pleasure, gMan!
     
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    gMAN, are you wanting them to hold it to see if it recovers? Will the LFS return your money if the anemone declines while in their care?
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    Good morning Brenda, I have a pretty good relation with him so yes, I'm sure he would refund me if it went downhill.
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Is the LFS going to feed the anemone and is it under Metal Halide lighting? If not then it's likely that the anemone will deteriorate further unless it's requirements for survival are met.
     
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    In addition...Since the LFS is stating that this is it's normal color, you may have a tough time convincing them that the anemone has declined.

    The H. magnifica is the most difficult of the hosting anemones to keep. The chances of decline are pretty high IMO.
     
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    With both viper & Anemone on this.

    It is a difficult baby to keep, (thanks crispin for the wrap on the nuckles). On te other hand, the chances (if your system is up to the task) of surviving in your system compared to LFS
     
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    Agreed, here is a pic to show what colour the tentacles of a healthy anemone are like, they should be a darkish cream or light brown colour with a hint of pink...

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    I'm no expert but I think the anemone in your pic doesn't look too bad, the tentacles are a bit bleached but I think you may have a good chance at keeping it, I'm certain it will have a better chance in your tank than being left in the LFS tank. What do you think Brenda?

    Do you know what your tanks parameters are, like Nitrate, salinity and alkalinity levels?
     
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    hi guys

    Just my 2c:
    Both myself and Jaco Schoeman tried to revive the exact same type of nennie.
    with resonable results.
    As earlier stated these are kinda finiky and require at times blinding light.
    short of an excorcism, both of us tried, and this nennie only picked up after being placed under direct MH lighting and feeding. Not trying to put u off but unless your up to it i'd rather stay away.
     
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    That's a beautiful anemone Viper!

    To move or not to move.....It's hard to say without knowing the conditions of gMAN's tank and the tank of the LFS.

    Moving an anemone from one tank to another is always stressful. Moving an anemone that is already stressed could possibly be deadly.

    This anemone does not look like it is knocking on death's door. However, that could change quickly.

    gMAN, could you give us some details on the conditions it is being kept under at the LFS and the conditions that you plan to keep it? Do you know how long the anemone has been at the LFS?
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    Thanks for all the feedback & info guys.
    I have not seen this nennie in the flesh yet, going round tomorrow.
    Will be testing my water tomorrow morning, will post params once done.
    This guys LS quality is pretty darn good IMO, I have seen nennies in his store before and they've always seemed healthy, I think this one came in on a shipment this past Thursday & that could be the reason for the bleaching. I will pay for it but make no mistake, it will not go into my system until I'm 100% sure.
    I'm sure he will agree to hold it for me as I'm going to the coast on vacation & will not add any LS if I'm not gonna be round to check on it daily & I'm sure it will be fed and all previous nennies I've seen there have been kept under MH.
    Will post again tomorrow, G'nite all
     
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    I would agree that they are difficult anemone's to keep and i dont dispute they need good lighting, the one aspect that seems to be over looked fairly often with these creatures is water flow. They need extreme water movement and not only from one direction IMO this is just as important as the lighting aspect. If the LfS is not able to supply these needs the anemone will deteriorate
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    Had a look at this guy yesterday, looks pretty much the same as the pic but all tentacles fully extended & inflated, the owner agreed that it is bleached (one of his staff told me that was true color) cos of the transportation. He's agreed to house it in his 1000l setup and feed until i'm back in 2 weeks, hopefully it would have regained it's color.
    My water params:
    Using ELOS
    NO3 - 1.5
    dKH - 8.5
    SAL - 1.026
    TEMP - 24.9
    USING TROPIC MARINE
    CAL - 396
     
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    Just a quick heads up about the ELOS nitrate test kit. Mine always shows a reading of 0 in my frag tanks but other test kits (Tropic Marine and salifert show 10, I might of got a dud test kit but you may want to double check this reading as Idol marine tested my nitrates with their ELOS kit and it gave the same results, 0.
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    Thanks Manic, gonna double check my tests tomorrow :thumbup:
     
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    gMAN Thread Starter with the plan

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    Nennie Update

    So I got collected this nennie on the 14th Aug, here are some comparison pic's:


    24 August 2010

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    19 September 2010

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    I hope that this means I'm doing something right.... :p
     
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