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Old 04-30-2013, 10:24 PM   #11
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I answered in your other post. I highly doubt the anemone in that picture is going to accept food. I know people that have had anemones for years and never fed them. They are photosynthetic and though they can benefit from meaty foods, they won't die without a meal.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:54 PM   #12
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All I know is when my anemone opens it's mouth it is hungry. After feeding, it starts to inflate and looks healthy. If light is insufficient and you don't feed it will cerntainly die.
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Anemones don't open their mouths when they are hungry. They don't know when they are hungry. They don't have brains.
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Just make sure there is no large swing in your parameter cause I am pretty sure that's one main reason they deplete themselves.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:21 PM   #15
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Anemones don't open their mouths when they are hungry. They don't know when they are hungry. They don't have brains.
Can you explain what is the purpose of their mouth and why they take food and sometimes eat your fish?
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I'm not sure if they really open their mouths. But you could be right, Jeff. All i know is that my nem is fine without being fed.
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Just for the benefit of those who needs more info about anemone, you may read this article specially the topic about Feeding.

A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Anemones - Anemones
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Can you explain what is the purpose of their mouth and why they take food and sometimes eat your fish?
Yes. It's a response much like your skin changing color when you are out in the sun, or when you touch the back of your tongue when you are brushing and you gag. You don't think about these things, but they happen.
Even if an anemone had a brain, and it knew when it was hungry, opening it's mouth would not be the ideal reaction. I would think stretching the stinging tentacles out to heighten the chances of it catching food would be.
Opening it's mouth would be like a human opening it's mouth when it's hungry----try it right now.....do you feel fuller?


The purpose of the mouth would be to ingest food.
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Just for the benefit of those who needs more info about anemone, you may read this article specially the topic about Feeding.

A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Anemones - Anemones
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"If an anemone shrinks, then it is not receiving enough food (and or light)."

This is not the only reason an anemone can shrivel up, and is not entirely accurate. Parameters are a much more common reason than food. Not to mention that I have seen quite a few that never feed their anemones and they do very well.
Also, low light would initially make an anemone stretch out even more to try to increase surface area to absorb as much light as possible, not make itself smaller.
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"If an anemone shrinks, then it is not receiving enough food (and or light)."

This is not the only reason an anemone can shrivel up, and is not entirely accurate. Parameters are a much more common reason than food. Not to mention that I have seen quite a few that never feed their anemones and they do very well.
Also, low light would initially make an anemone stretch out even more to try to increase surface area to absorb as much light as possible, not make itself smaller.
Ok so it's more than likely my tank parameters I have been testing and the results seem fine. I have been using kalk in my ato but not a lot. I started over the course of 4 weeks.i used 2 tsp then 3 tsp and then 4tsp, I have a 4g ato bucket. 4 tsp in a 4 gallon bucket shouldn't be an over saturated solution. I've learned 2 tsp per gallon is a saturated solution via mr saltwater tank. Anyways should I stop using the kalk and stop altogether or should I ramp down the dosage. My hard corals are doing fine and my red montipora are growing fast since my addition of kalk. It's the anemone and colt coral that seem to not be liking things. I have my gfo reactor off as well.
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