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Hi,

i found some pics from my old setup years ago, are sea apples still available for maines?
 

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Sea apples are little time bombs, they are very toxic and very nervous, they can wipe your tank in an instant, personally i wouldn't take the risk.
 

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cool, was wondering, found them mystical, same for sea cucumbers?
 

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cool, was wondering, found them mystical, same for sea cucumbers?
Pretty much, there are exceptions but generally they end up minced through a powerhead or even just feel threatened and dump toxin into your tank.
 

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thanks mike
 

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Sea apples are little time bombs, they are very toxic and very nervous, they can wipe your tank in an instant, personally i wouldn't take the risk.
Yip, agree there - like Eve giving a toxic apple to Adam - now we all have to wear clothes :(
 

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what happened?
 

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ouch
 

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yip..bye bye sea apple
 
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Actually, if one goes about it properly, one could make a tank pretty safe for sea apples and such - the MAIN problem with them is that they are filter feeders, and our tanks just don't have enough food for them - they end up using their own body-mass as "food" in order to live. I bought a large sea apple when I started my first tank, about 11 years ago. The poor thing survived for about one year, but became progressively smaller and smaller, until, when it eventually died, it was only about 20% of it's original size...

I certainly would not recommend anyone to try and keep one in a "normal" mixed-reef aquarium...

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I second Hennie's comments... they are very cool and if you can care for them properly, you greatly reduce the risk of a disaster.... especially if you pay attention and know when/if it starts to decline.

It was actually a sea apple we had at the LFS where I worked that first inspired me to want a reef tank. I loved that thing! I never actually aquired one though because I didn't trust myself (as a newbie) to care for it properly. As Hennie points out, they are VERY difficult to feed properly. I would only attempt to keep one in a very well established, very well fed, tank with a huge refugium... lots of plankton and phytoplankton and all that.
 

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mine was a blue with red, bright red tentacles...
i was young and stupid then :)
 
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No worries Dallasg,guess we all have to start some where.
 
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.. I bought a large sea apple when I started my first tank, about 11 years ago. The poor thing survived for about one year
Correction - here's a photo taken in 1999, so either I bought it later than I thought, or it lived for longer than a year- thinking back, I would venture both...

Sea apple top right, Green carpet anemone, rest of photo...

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i had a nemmie like that, started of being 10cm, when i sold it it was nearly 40cm, it was the main attraction in my tank :)

i think i had as much fun with it as the clowns
 
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Yup, this one grew to occupy half of a 1.2m x 0.45m tank lengthwise, and folded up on both the front and rear glass of the tank. As a typical newbie I started off with only 2 x 40W normal fluorescent lamps, and thought that was enough because the pet shop sait it was OK (so not much has changed in nearly 11 years...). Fortunately for the anemone I was flamed rather severely when I posted this on the Internet (Reef Central, if I remember correctly...), and soon ended up with metal halides.

Sold the anemone after a few years to a fellow reefer, and have lost track of it since - should be ENORMOUS if it is still alive today (and I sincerely hope so...).

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