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Old 03-31-2013, 06:20 AM   #1
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Catastrophe!

So I got home from fishing at 1:30 a.m. and found my green BTA laying face down in the sand and pieces of him everywhere! the tank was super cloudy, my overflow was going haywire because the filter sock was completely clogged and fish are out (lights off) and acting very ill. I'm writing this after performing the following emergency procedures.
-Turned lights on
-turned off return pump
-removed visible fish(all but two) and placed in QT
-performed 20% water change
-replaced filter sock and cleaned clogged skimmer.
-removed power head that had bits of BTA stuck in it as well as siphoning every speck of flesh I could find throughout entire tank.
-reattached nem to rock.
-performed water tests.
** did I miss anything?

Parameters are as follows:
-Ammo: .10 ish hard to tell.. Really close to zero but its an API Master.. I don't trust it much.
-Nitrite: 0
-Nitrate 0
Ph 8.2
SG 1.026

After reattaching the nem back to a rock I could see big white chunk of him taken out and several tentacles severed. It had already begun to close up its wounds and heal, kinda the way it is when you frag them and cut them in half. Now it's sitting nicely in the rock work much smaller than it was before. Fish were very easy to catch as they were very lethargic and breathing heavily it may have had something to do with me turning the lights on in the middle of the night... Not sure All fish are doing much better in the 10 gal QT, mostly going back to sleep. however now I'm worried about elevated ammonia in there as well. There are 5 in QT and 2 still in the DT.
They are 1 sixline, 2 clowns, 1 scopes tang, 1 coral beauty. Two in DT are black cap basslet and yellow watchman goby(paired with pistol).
I'm not sure if I'd be better off putting the guys in QT back in the DT in the morning or what...
I guess my next question here is, What Next?
Sorry for the long post....please offer any advice you think could help!
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:28 AM   #2
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Here's a pic of the nem. I think he'll survive. Time will tell, however I know people have had them survive after these incidents.
I also forgot to add that this is a 90 gal. tank
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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I would start to see why he released himself and got sucked into the ph. If conditions are right they never more. Lighting, flow prams, has anything changed
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I would start to see why he released himself and got sucked into the ph. If conditions are right they never more. Lighting, flow prams, has anything changed
He's done this a few times as soon as the lights go out. He moves up the glass to the top of the tank. Same as last night... I think he's just searching for light.
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what kind of lighting and tank size do you have
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:31 AM   #6
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Run some carbon, nems can nuke a tank when they get stressed or die
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To prevent same thing from happening again, I would put some screen on power heads. I use the plastic part from an hob filter after removing all other components (cloth and carbon). Using a tie wrap the piece of plastic 4x5 sq in is attached to any side of the ph (up, down or side). It work pretty well for me.
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what kind of lighting and tank size do you have
two 120w 20k 50/50 LED fixtures made by TFT Lighting.
http://tftlighting.com/
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Run some carbon, nems can nuke a tank when they get stressed or die
Yea I forgot to add that I put a carbon media bag in the filter sock after the water change. And yes I've heard many horror stories of this happening and people coming home to a nuked tank! I was certain my tank was done for.
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To prevent same thing from happening again, I would put some screen on power heads. I use the plastic part from an hob filter after removing all other components (cloth and carbon). Using a tie wrap the piece of plastic 4x5 sq in is attached to any side of the ph (up, down or side). It work pretty well for me.
Do you have a pic or something? I'm having a hard time understanding what you're talking about... I definitely want to cover them now. I was certain this nem was settled in so I didn't do it. Lesson learned.. There's no certainties with anemones! Take all precautions available!
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