Originally Posted by Devilishturtles
, it would be okay to feed it smaller pieces of food (shrimp, scallop, whatever you feed) but make it very small
I agree w/ DT. While I don't regularly feed my anemones, when they are bleached they have no energy producing zooxanthellae. Therefore they can not gain much if any nutrients from the lighting. Target feeding bleached anemones, carefully
, is the best way IME to reverse the bleaching and get the zoox back (as the zoox comes back, you'll see some coloring start to come back into the anemone). As said though, too much food and/or too often and you can end up causing more stress and doing more harm. Best to stick w/ very small pieces about once a week or so. Monitor the anemone and adjust feedings accordingly-ie. if it starts looking worse, shriveling, retracting more, etc. a day or two after feeding, back off. FWIW my BTA's seemed to react best to krill when they where bleached.
Originally Posted by usmcmarc
For the maturity of the tank...all I can say is my water params have been rock solid for the last 3 months
There are many, many biological/chemical processes going on in a reef aquarium. With only the handful of tests common/available, you get just a brief overview at best of whats going on in the tank. That is why a time table is generally given ie. 8-12 months to measure tank maturity. They have a discussion about this somewhere on talkingreef.com. I listened to it about a year or two ago, but I can't find it back or I would link to it.
When everything settles in, and the BTA is not bleached, I would adjust your lighitng schedule so that all the lights, actinic and 10k, run together for at least 8-9 hours. I'd prefer closer to 10 hours, maybe a little more using PC
lighting on tanks w/ high light animals. BTA's will eat up fluorescent lighting and love it.