HELP or NOT?? Anemone splitting

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  1. Zandy

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    Hi all....i just witnessed our anemone spiltting into two....looking as healthy as can be...it did not look to well a few days ago...and has moved since.Then i see.....he just spilt into two...is this normal??????
     
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    Hi Zandy - yes. This does happen sometimes. Sometimes this happens when the anemone is sort of 'stressed'. But - the anemone will be fine (should be) - and both the pieces of the anemone.

    Please let us know what the water parameters are, and what lighting you are using?

    Also - do you have a skimmer on your system? Do you use Activated Carbon/Charcoal?
     
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    Ok we use a skimmer the tank has been running for 3 years and all water parameters are in check. All the tank mates are happy and the anemone ate well two days ago, all was fine and both pieces are inflated and their feet is settled each on a different rock. They do look happy and is not expelling anything. My quess would be that it's probably their way of reproduction perhaps as the anemone was quite big.
     
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    We do have a carbon sack yes
     
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    Here is the photo of what they now look like

    split.jpg
     
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    Ok, so it has split or undergone mitosis, this is the process by which a cell or group of cells split asexually (without reproduction), now anemones are one of the "higher" organisms that can perform this wonderful action, and be honoured that you have witnessed it, as most mitosis is on a microscopic level. Unfortunately, when a anemone splits it's usually a sign of stress.
    Remember, that all living things have the natural need to procreate and self propagated, sexual reproduction is a risky and a lengthy process that requires vasts amounts of energy, so organisms that are able to reproduce asexually do so at the first sign of stress, it's the fastest way to make sure their genetic code is propagated, two with the same genes is better than one.
     
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    Ah ok Zandy. That is a Green Bubble Tip Anemone. It is very common for these types of anemone to split. So - don't worry about it. And congrats - you now have two exactly the same nemmies! So they won't do the chemical "warfare" thing!
     
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    Thanks Jacques....must say they both look stunning and the one has already moved along to another rock and seems in good health(both) so i can asume i became a granny then???
     
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    Yes Zandy! Congrats "granny"! ;)
     
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    Pics of the latest addition to the family

    Nennie 1.jpg

    nennies both.jpg
     
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    Awesome Zandy! Don't try and feed them now - they will take a few days (up to 10 days) to "heal" 100%, and then their "mouths" will be fully formed and healthy again.
     
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    Will do thanx Jacques. Do they look healthy to you? And will they both be fine in the same tank?
     
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    Would love to see my Anemone do that.
     
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    Agreed!

    The anemones look pretty good! Keep us updated!
     
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