Unhealthy anemone??

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  1. Criggy

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    Hi all,

    I got a GBTA on Saturday.
    Parameters all 100% in tank and have 4 x t5 54w lighting.
    I dripped him for about an hour or so and then introduced him to a rock in a med flow area about 100mm off the substrate (water level about 400mm)

    He sat there for a while and then moved under the rock for the night.
    I was concerned for him on Sunday so moved him onto an open clam shell for protection of his boot and put him back on the same place where he was introduced.
    I have been turning flow pumps off at night incase he goes wandering but he seems to be staying put - I don't know if the clam shell was the best idea??

    He is slightly open and I can see that his mouth is open - his tentacles are also not sticky. He has colour.

    I did try and feed him some Mysis yesterday but it looked almost as though he regurgitated it?

    Any help here would really be appreciated to get this guy happy.
    I have attached a pic of when he was under the rock and one of him in the clam shell.......

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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Anemones sometimes take a while to settle in and find their perfect spot.
    Seeing as it's only being a day I wouldn't be too concerned yet. Just leave it be for now, don't feed or move it and see if it changes.
     
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    Anemone's do tend to walk around a lot when newly introduced. There is not much you can do really but wait for it to settle.
     
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    Thanks all - How long should I monitor this for? Are there any signs i should look for to determine if the situation is improving or deteriorating?
     
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    Difficult to say how long. One thing to look out for is to keep an eye on the mouth, if it remains open and bulging then it's a sign the anemone is deteriorating. But give it a few days, if it was healthy when you bought it then it should be fine if your tank is ok. Also if it has been in a pet shops fish tank under weak lighting then it will need time to adjust to the stronger lighting in your tank.
     
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    I have 3 in my tank. When I got them, they walked away from where I put them and actually both hid under rocks. Could barely see the one. After about a week, I gave them a small piece of hake (size of my pinky finger nail) and they have been happy ever since .... moved around a few more times since and have now all settled in the middle of the tank, right next to each other. This animal is probably one of the most difficult creatures to predict - very unpredictable. Think yours will be fine .... just be patient.

    I say I have 3 but originally I had 2 ... one has since split
     
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    it is spitting out some black substance now??
     
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    mmmm .... may just be waste ... do you have a pic ?
     
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    That's quite normal, it's known as Bolus, or Anemone poo, lol.
     
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    Sorry I didnt have time to take a pic - was just running in to check on him. Tks again for the help guys :) I will keep updating :)
     
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    I fed it some mussel and it has since moved back under the rock - off the clam - almost to where it was initially - going to leave it this time and see what happens - let nature take its course
     
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    Don't feed it until it settles in
     
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    Why is that? I gave it some mussel earlier??
     
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    You can over feed them. Rather leave it to find its happy place before forcing it to eat
     
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    Hi guys- so my gbta in my mind still does not look happy :(
    It seems to have footed but its hidden amongst the rocks.
    I have not fed it anything.
    The other day its base was stretching quite far up- in my mind to get closer to the light.
    But for the last couple days it has rarely been inflated. Theres also some stringy brown substance that is on the rock nexto it that i can only assume it released?
    Must i just let it be?
    Nitrates at 0.75 - doing a water change today that brings it down to 0.2
    Everything else is thriving.
    Lots or coraline algae all over.

    Please give some advice??!
     
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    they can take their time to sulk. If you move the rocks so that its more open, it will just move back deeper again. When it decides to stop sulking, it will slowly venture out.

    Do not bother it, else you just prolong the sulking period and that can put it into danger of bleaching and dying.
     
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    So - it seemed to settle down a little but sitting on a rock facing the back of the tank. After about a month of not seeing it properly I decided to turn the rick around so it is visible from the front of the tank, whilst still trying ti imitate the same flow, lighting etc as was the case when it was turned the other way.
    I still dont think that it is incredibly happy as its polyps often are stringy and thin.
    Would it be recommended to start feeding it in this position now?
    If so what would be best and how often?
    I am longing to get a pair of percular clowns to host it as my current clowns are a bit dom!!
     
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    Can you post an updated photo so we can see what it looks like? What are your other levels like, phosphate, alkalinity, temp, salinity?

    Be careful buying a different pair of clowns, some of the different species do fight quite a lot, check if they are compatible first.:)
     
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    @viper357 I will test all parameters this evening as well as post a pic. Thank you
     
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    Anemone

    Was the mouth open when you bought it? I made that mistake once and it did die. I also read not to buy one if the mouth is open (which I did anyway cause it was so gorgeous) but learnt my lesson the hard way.
     
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