signs of unhealthy tube anemone

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  1. 4age

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    Hi guys..I have a purple tube anemone,first time I kept one of these guys.I am worried as I have not seen it feeding..tried mysis,fish eggss and small shrimp..but the tentacles don't seem to take hold of them n pull them to the centre.The tube anemone used to open up nicely in the start..two weeks later and I can see a visible difference in size..and last two days the anemone has not opened up fully...color is still ok,and it hasn't contracted fully.Any advice..is the tube anemone on its way out or can I save it?it hasn't moved around the tank.
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi, was the anemones tube in good condition when you bought it? Do you have a very deep, fine grained substrate in your tank for its tube?
     
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    The tube was intact..although it seemed like the anemone was moving out of the tube when I first put it in the tank..the anemone was still opened nicely then..it has built up the tube nicely tho and it did not move to other part of the tank.tank has a 6-10cm layer of play sand in it.I havnt seen the anemone eating yet tho
     
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    they are generally fairly hardy things and the fact that its buildt a new tube is incoraging, how did you see the new tube though, you havent dug it up or anything have you?

    has it stayed in the same place all the time or has it moved since you first introduced it?

    with it contracting and expanding, good colour and still in the sand bed I would say its doing fine. the fact that it doesnt appear (i use the word deliberatley) to be eating might be an indication that its not eating what you feed and that it is primarily feeding in the evening, although thats a guess at best.
     
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    ok..so the anemone has recovered nicely and started eating last night..was worried i was going to lose it. will be target feeding it to get the health up....i will have to move the anemone and tank inhabitants to a smaller tank as i have to repair a crack on my 2m.

    i am considering getting another tube anemone...would i be able to keep 2 or 3 different color ones on my tank?
     
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    what are you feeding? sizes of the pieces?
     
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    feeding fish roe, artemia and small pieces of shrimp...shrimp is cut up into very small pieces
     
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    Mine will eat anything that floats past even flakes and pellets!
     
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    this is how its looking now...

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    Nice colour! Looks healthy
     
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    beaut, i feed mine squid, krill, hake, clam, and as butcher advised flake, pellet, and the occasional careless finned friend...
     
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    thanks guys..hoping to get even better colour once it feeds more..it def lost some colour when it refused to eat
     
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    Do not force feed it, nor give it any big pieces. They are opportunistic feeders in nature.

    You can have more than one, but make sure they are from the same region. I got 4, and the white with purple bands definitively have a chemical warfare going on with the yellow one.

    Just check at night, their tentacles can reach quite far. Make sure that it is not stinging anything else..
     
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