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Old 09-10-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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Bubble tip anemone in a reef tank

Safe to have a bubble tip anemone in a reef tank with zoas, mushrooms, leathers, polyps and candy cane coral?
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If you have the lighting to support the bta, as everything else in your tank is pretty low light, then it would be fine as long as there is distance between them. I have 2 BTAs in my reef tank. Didn't you just set your tank up recently though? If so, you should wait a min of 6 months before adding one to make sure there aren't any swift changes or parameter swings that would cause the death of the bta and later polluting of your tank. Usually by the time we notice the demise it is already too late most of the time.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:55 PM   #3
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If you have the lighting to support the bta, as everything else in your tank is pretty low light, then it would be fine as long as there is distance between them. I have 2 BTAs in my reef tank. Didn't you just set your tank up recently though? If so, you should wait a min of 6 months before adding one to make sure there aren't any swift changes or parameter swings that would cause the death of the bta and later polluting of your tank. Usually by the time we notice the demise it is already too late most of the time.
Yes tank is new. I am just planning my tank out. Getting a list of corals I want and figuring where to place them. It says moderate light so would my t-5's work?
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How many bulbs? Individual reflectors?

I had a 4 bulb T5HO from coralife over my 36 when I first started. It wasn't able to provide enough light for a condy I got early on.
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4x56 - 2 - 10k and 2 - actinics
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Might be ok as long as its at the to of the tank.
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yes you MAY be able to keep one under that lighting but you would be at the border of keeping one alive or watching it slowly waste away. You really need MH or good LED to keep one thriving. My 3 are 6-9 inches directly under a 2x250 MH, and have been thriving for 5-6 years. Also keep in mind if they are unhappy with your lighting, they will detach and free float and possibly getting sucked into a power head.
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yes you MAY be able to keep one under that lighting but you would be at the border of keeping one alive or watching it slowly waste away. You really need MH or good LED to keep one thriving. My 3 are 6-9 inches directly under a 2x250 MH, and have been thriving for 5-6 years. Also keep in mind if they are unhappy with your lighting, they will detach and free float and possibly getting sucked into a power head.
That's what I was afraid of. So no Bubble tip then. What about a pearl bubble? Just trying to get an idea of what corals are best. I looked up corals for beginners and moderate light corals and most are mushrooms, leathers, hammer, polyps and zoas. I really want something with a lot of length, color and I want the waving coral look in a few spots but want to stay away from over whelming corals like Kenya corals
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Easy recommendation. Duncan.
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Torch corals too
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