Sickly Ears

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  1. Lisa

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    Hi. I have a rock with approx 9 ears on it. I moved the ears a few weeks ago to a different side of the tank. They shrank to almost nothing. I moved them back about a week later. They still didn't increase in size again.
    Since then I have modified my tank lid and added a white and blue light. I thought that maybe the light would help. I have moved it again, but no luck. Any suggestions?
     
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    Lisa what type of water flow do you have in the tank??
    Its been my experiance that ears accept any type of light but do prefer stronger light and good water flow. Have a look to see if there isnt a snail or something bothering them.
     
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    I have added a power head since I first moved the ears. The snails don't bother them. Do you think I should put them more into the current?
     
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    I also have an anenome in the tank. I think it is a sand anenome. It looks like a magnifica by its tenticles. Apparently it isn't a magnifica, but it kinda looks like one. It isn't a bubble tip. It is a mint colour. I know that these bleach if not enough light is supplied.
    I got the tank with nennie, fish, hermits and all second hand. It has taken me 3 months to pluck up the courage and the commen sense to be able to remodel the tank lid and add 2 extra lights. I thought that the lights would help nennie strengthen in colour. I don't remember the name of the cells in tis body that need light to help produce food. I did the big switch on with the lights about 10 days ago. The nennie seems a bit bigger, but the colour is the same. Am I being impatient?
     
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    I also have a pin cushion, an orange sponge, a lemon coloured leather and I think it is called a cordelia. Can you tell me which prefer strong current and more light. thanks
     
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    the power head is a seio 1100
     
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    I don't think Alan was talking about the normal snails, look for some smaller ones and look at night, a couple of hours after all lights go out.
     
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    Any updated pic's.:p Then we can ID them and answer your question.
     
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    what would they look like - size?
    should i put the ears in a stronger current
     
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    ok
     
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    ok i will add pics
     
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    Looks like things are a bit slow tonight. Sorry I am not a Otolaryngologist so don't know much about ears.:whistling:
     
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    Nope. Not necessary. Ears not wild about having their hair blown back. Their sulking maybe many reasons, However your lighting upgrade could certainly be the cause. I have found them to be very adaptable to most light sources, but acclimatising to more light will make them contract until they adjust. If you moved them to a deeper region of the tank, or one slightly sheltered from light they will expand to accommodate for the lower light.
     
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    taking a while to get pics
     
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    i did the upgrade of the lights only 10 days ago. the ears shrank about 3 weeks ago
     
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    A big water change i have found can do this to especially ears. Ears are very tolerant of less than perfect water, including heat. Do you have any water parameters to share with us
     
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    i keep messing it all up. can you guys go to my gallery to see?
     
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    i do a change once a week with 10 percent. The temp is just below 28. the salinity is 1.025
    ph 8
    nitrate ok nitrite ok etc etc
    dont have phosphate kit, but just change the carbon sponge in my filter 3 days ago
     
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    wow sunburst, i just saw your featured tank pics. if my tank could look half as good as yours I would be ecstatic
     
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