Originally Posted by ccCapt
Keeping something alive 3 months is hardly a success. Let us know how it's doing in 5 yrs.
I personally agree. These animals live indefinitely in the wild. Keeping an anemone alive for a few months doesn't really testify to your ability to keep an anemone...
Anemones can live in home aquariums but they require stability. Things like excellent water parameters and excellent lighting are not generally something you find in new tanks. You have someone with experience (if I read your post correctly?) maintaining your tanks. That may be the difference. IMO
, the measures that you are taking to keep these animals doesn't really qualify as an easy to maintain regimen. Even without paying someone to maintain and care for your tanks you have 6000 in equipment to attempt to keep a nem alive. That's a lot and in itself shows that you have put forth a lot of effort to provide a suitable environment for an anemone.
Another notable worth mentioning is the fact that nems are fairly risky animals to keep in Aquaria. If you don't know the normal behaviors and needs of the animal, it can quickly begin to decline. If an anemone does die in your tank, you have very little time to react and remove the animal before it releases some serious toxins. Most inexperienced aquarists aren't familiar enough with the animal to be able to read those cues and more often than not, the experience ends in disaster. That is why nems are considered difficult. The "experts" who are trying to gently guide those with less experience into making good decisions about the animals they keep aren't placing these labels on these animals lightly. They want people to succeed and the animals to thrive. So far, you have had a measure of success and that is wonderful. But I don't think that your current success necessarily points to the ease of keeping anemones in home aquariums either.