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Old 08-15-2005, 07:15 PM   #1
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are anemones worth having?

Well, after losing my first BTA, and for no apparent reason....I'm frustrated. And after reading some of the posts on here, I'm wondering...what's the longest time anyone has ever kept an anemone? Are they the Moorish Idols of inverts or what?

Should I even attempt another one?
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:17 PM   #2
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I love my Anemone. I have had him for about 9 months now, and he has grown quite a bit. How long has your tank been setup? Generally they fair well after about 6 months of an estabished aquarium.
Don't give up on it. Acclimation plays an important role in the success of these guys as well.

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Old 08-15-2005, 07:19 PM   #3
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My tank is 7 months old, now. He did great after acclimation, although he moved around a lot. He finally found his place, looked good. He lived for about 4 weeks......sigh.
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I've had the same two for about 21 months now-a BTA that split and a Sebae. They are not the Moorish idols of inverts but they are very delicate/sensitive and demand high water quality.
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What size tank and how much light do you have?
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I would give it a little more time before getting another one. What kind of lighting do you have? Mine has been in the same spot since I bought him. I think he is a Condy species. Moving around a lot could mean he is not happy with something in there.
It is frustrating, but sometimes we never know what we are getting, and what kind of stressful shipping problems occured.
I had a yellow tang last year that died over night. Never could figure out what happened, but all my other fish were fine. Sorry for your loss.

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Old 08-15-2005, 07:51 PM   #6
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Like the others said water quality is important, Lighting also.
What type of water are you using?
They are sensitive creatures and they don't really require any special care other then good water and lighting. If either one is lacking or not up to par the anemone may suffer. Moving around a lot is not a good sign..
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You might want to read my last post ( "i've sworn off of ..)

I hearby swear that I will not buy another anemone ... I swear I will not buy another .... no-no-no....

But if you decide to take the plunge - best of luck !
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I just noticed I now have 3 BTA's! One of them split again in the last few days-Nice
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I use RO/DI water only (Kent Salt). I have a 55 gal and I have two 65 watt actinics and two 65 watt 10K bulbs, and moonlights too. Plenty of light, I would think.

JG--yeah, I just read your post, that's why I was asking these questions....ha

I think the reason mine moved so much in the beginning is because I had too much water movement and he appeared to be blown to one side of the tank by my water return from my sump. After he got there, though, he did great (until recently of course)
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Wow Nate, how's your electric bill with all those lights? I am curious. I am thinking of getting lights like that for a 29G that I an planning to setup as a reef tank. But I just don't know if I can afford the light AND the electric bill that goes along with it.
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