Magnificent Anemone

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  1. Forbes

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    Hi Guys,
    I am worried about my nennie, he hasn't eaten in over a week.
    He droops a bit and then comes back, but for the last couple of days he has projected his orifice and retracted his tentacles. I have tried to feed him for three days, but he doesn't hold on to the food and the clean up crew steal it from him. I have even tried putting my net over him to scare the crew and the clowns away, but he never gets the food to his mouth.
    I have attached a couple of photos to show you what he is doing.
    Any help would be appreciated. Nitrates are below five.
    Regards,

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    That guy looks a bit stressed. Give us some more details of the tank. Paramaters, how long has it been running etc. If the food does not stick to its tenticles its not a good. Is the tank mature enough for a nennie?
     
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    The tank is a 600 cube, I transferred everything from my red Sea Max to this tank about six months ago. The aragonite has been live for about three years and the Live rock about two years. I had a sand nennie for about a year, but it got too big for the tank, so I sold it. I have a JNS Skimmer and BPR 70 pellet reactor and a Vertex SR260 light.
    I had another Magnificent, but had problems with it because of a clam that died in the tank. At the moment, nitrates less than five, salinity 1.025, temp 26. I have not checked the other parameters yet. I didn't say the food was not sticking to his tentacles, but when he gets the food he doesn't close up the same as other nennies, he sort of slowly manipulates the food towards hi mouth, and the clowns pick at the food and then he lets go of it.
    I don't know what else to say, I have had him about a month and he has been eating hake and shrimp.
     
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    It sounds that the tank is mature enough for a nennie. Doubt its the light coz vertex makes awsome lights. Is the clowns hosting in it? Sometimes they can aggrevate a nennie by being too aggressive while hosting. Hake and shrimp is fine but I have to suggest you try some raw calamari finely chopped. My nennie was doing very badly and it was suggested to me by a fellow reefer to try feeding it that and white musscle. It responded extremely well to it and since then it almost doubled in size. Its worth a shot.
     
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    The clowns have not paired yet, but they both host in it. The smaller clown only at night because the bigger one chase him away at other times.
    The problem I have is trying to give it food without the others stealing it, but I will give it a try and put the net over it to protect it.
     
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    Have to tried to force feed it? Try and stick the food down its mouth when its gaping open. It was the only time my Magnificent nennie ate. And it takes away from the clowns trying to steal.

    Just a thought.
     
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    Pretty good idea @ScubaLover22. Just be carefull not to hurt it.
     
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    Yup gentle but forceful. Take maybe a small tweezers and gently push the food in. Switch the flow off for a short while. I don't see the clowns trying to steal it once its in his mouth.
     
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    I tried that with a small piece of hake, but it didn't take it.
     
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    Any updates on the nennie @Forbes? Is it feeding yet?
     
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    Unfortunately it didn't make it, it deteriorated overnight and in the morning it was just a shriveled mass, so I had to get rid of it.
     
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    Do a big water change and get any pieces that are left behind. Anemones can create a mass ammonia spike. They release a toxic when they whither away.
     
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    Sorry about the loss.
     
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    Ohn no. Sorry to hear that. I am sure you're next one will do better.
     
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    Thanks Guys, I did a big water change, and will only get another nennie when I upgrade.
     
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