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Old 09-13-2004, 10:49 AM   #1
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BTA Question

I bought a BTA last Thurs. He has been open from time to time but appears to still be acclimating and finding his area. I have another anenome (pink tip condy) that has been in the tank for about 4-5 months. My tank is a 125. Friday and pink tip decided to move and both anenomes were on opposite sides of the tank but almost back to back. So I decided to help the BTA out and move him. I dont think I harmed his foot but move him to the other end of the tank. He has been there since and been on the same rock. he hasnt moved from that rock but has been closed up quite a bit. So I decided to move the rock and the BTA came out since. He had been under a PH so I moved him to a less current area. Again he has been in and out. My question is:
1) I know I shouldnt move him, but do you think I damaged his foot and he isnt moving because of this? I didnt see any portion of his foot on the rock I moved him from.....
2) how long does it take to acclimate to the tank?
3) he hasnt eaten other than me target feeding him with liquid phyoplnkton (sp).
4) Is it normal for him to be closed up half of the time he is in the tank?
5) When should he start eating? I placed a small peice of krill in the middle and closed up on it one time, but wouldnt take it.
6) Do people with cleaner shrimps have problems with BTA? My cleaner is wanting to clean the anenome...
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Also how do you know if a BTA is dieing? My still looks ok but when he is closed up, (not all the way) his mouth is open. I do not want to take a chance on this BTA dieing and taking my tank down with it. I got it in hopes of my clowns hosting it (False percs)
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Old 09-13-2004, 11:08 AM   #3
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Anytime you handle an anemone you take a big risk.. if it's mouth is open then that is supposed to be a bad sign. Keep an eye on it and if it starts to expel it's guts then that's the time to remove it.
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What type of time frame is it when it dies?? Is it 24 hours, 8 hours, etc?? Or is there a set time frame??
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I've never personally experienced it so can't help there unfortunately.. I would assume once it starts to deteriorate then it all happens quite quickly.

Good luck.. hope the little guy pulls through.
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I just dont want it to detroy my tank....I have heard and dont know that its true that if one dies it will destroy a tank...is this true? Its a 125...
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You will definitely need to remove it as soon as possible once it's a goner.
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Well its still intact and "solid". My only concern is its mouth is open quite a bit when its closed up. Maybe Im just paranoid as I have only had one other anenome (pink tip)...
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Are you sure it's not just deflated after expelling waste?
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Can you take a picture? It would really help determine if the mouth is indeed open and gaping.

Aslo, what kind of lighting do you have on the tank..filtration...etc.? IMO, every time you touch and/or move it around you could be annoying it and causing it to stay retracted even longer. IME, bta's are pretty darn hardy in good water conditions.
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