My unknown,shy nemmie

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  1. frankie fish

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    :wave2:Ok,this is the nemmie,it's retracted coz i had to move the rock it was attached to. i don't know the species ect. yet,but i am getting there. My question is, why does it keep hiding,it's always out of sight,beneath the rocks. I'm having a moderate flow of water,kinda good lighting. Everything else looks good in the tank.:([​IMG]The quality is not that good,but i will master it:whistling:
     
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    any other pics??
     
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    Anemones do close up every now and then when they are unhappy, been fed or have had enough light. Tell us your water parameters and lighting
     
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    ok,i'm runnig 2 white,2 blue T5's with reflectors, water parameters,lets start,
    Salinity/sg- 1.028
    Ca-450+ (bit on the high side)
    Nitrit-0.05
    nitrate-0.08
    Ph-8.3
    Kh-10 (also a bit high)
    Ammonia-no given reading,the guy who tested said it's fine
    All these tests were done beginning of this week at a temperature of 26
     
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    Salinity is high, calcium is fine (could be lower), kH is also fine, nitrite should be zero and I'm sure the nitrate reading is wrong.
     
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    ja,it may b wrong,but i'm testing it now weekly,so i will update the results.[​IMG]
     
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    Why is your salinity so high? What water do you use to top up evapourated water?
     
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    i'm using RO water from the unit i have
     
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    OK cool, cause some new reefers doesn't know that you need to top up with RO water only and NOT salt water - that's why some guys have a high salinity and doesn't know why - they are topping up with saltwater, and because only the water evapourates, you actually increase the SG.
     
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    lmfao, i used to do it with my first tank for about a month.
     
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    It looks like a BTA (E. quadricolor) that is not doing very well. The tentacles look too short, a sign of starvation. Definately get your salinity down to about 1.026, try feeding super tiny pieces daily of meaty foods and get the rest of your water parameters corrected.

    How long has the tank been up and running? What else are you keeping with the anemone?
     
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    For about 6months now,and i'm keeping regal tang,cardinals,ect. i also have a decorator crab and a boxing shrimp
     
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    6 months is a bit soon to have an anemone. How long have you had the anemone?

    Unfortunately, from what I can tell it appears that this anemone is to the point that it could take a turn for the worst very quickly. Keep a close eye on it. If it dies in your tank it will fall apart very quickly and will cause an ammonia spike that can crash your entire system. Be prepared for several large water changes. A filter sock and turkey baster is a good thing to have on hand to collect the remains should the anemone die.

    In the meantime, continue to get your water parameters in check, (check paramaters daily) and feed super small (about 2mm in size, or smaller) pieces of meaty foods. Do this daily. If the anemone is not taking the food, try target feeding newly hatched brine shrimp. Watch during feeding to be sure that your tankmates are not stealing the food, especially the shrimp. More information on feeding here: Feeding Anemones - Specialist Anemone advice
     
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    At last,thanks for the help,the nemmie came out,tenticals short,but it looks good,will upload a pics as soon as i can get a decent one
     
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    Great to hear! Keep us posted.
     
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    Awesome...frankie...
     
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    [​IMG]Here's a pic, not good quality, but i'm trying,the nemmie is kinda moving a lot,and kinda fast as well
     
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    Is it eating? Its a very sick anemone.
     
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    Hi Frankie Fish
    Looks like that Nemmies in very bad shape.
    I reckon you should give him to someone to look after til he recovers.
    Reason being:
    He is very badly bleached (lost all of his zooxanthellae) - bleached nemmies can sometimes recover but it is very difficult.
    Usually the only way to do this is to keep them under very strong lighting of at least 400w MH.
    Personally I would think your lighting would barely be sufficient for a healthy bta which you would have to target feed more than usual under the less intense light.
    The fact that yours is not eating compounds this problem.
    Look for someone who has a well established tank with good lighting who may be prepared to nurse it back to health for you and return it when it's better off.
    I'm afraid that if you don't do this I suspect he will be on his way out shortly.
    Anemone gives very good advice - be careful that it doesn't die in your tank - it could wipe out everything.
    If it gets to the point when it becomes slimy and mushy - I would say it has no chance and must be taken out.
    Good luck - I hope you come right.
     
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    Oh I see this post is a week old already - Frankie how's it doing?
     
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