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Old 01-03-2014, 09:41 PM   #11
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Well I wasn't able to exactly pinpoint the exact issue with the loss of all the fish. I left strict instructions for my friend but when I came back the tank was dirty & covered in light algae. I greatly reduced feeding, and did a small water change. Since then I have upped the maintenance and reduce all algae and water clarity. I believe it was an ick outbreak that claimed the life of my fish. When I returned my Royal Gramma was striking the glass, and shortly thereafter died.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:44 PM   #12
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I would do a larger than average water change to make sure levels are appropriate. Then after that, it is time for your anemone to heal back up. Stable and pristine water is the key to not only their ability to thrive, but also for them to heal back to normal.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:50 PM   #13
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Thank you all so much for all the input!! Another loss at this point would probably kill me.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:51 AM   #14
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Your tank at 4 months isn't ready for a nem. The fact that you lost all your fish is a sign that your tank is not stable. And how many fish did you have? T5 18 inches up is not enough lighting for a nem. Also what type of water are you using. If he has lost color since you got it, then theres a problem, he chose a high rock looking for more light,

Bleached Anemone:
The lost of color or “bleaching” is a result of the loss of an anemone’s zooxanthellae. This can happen for a number of reasons such as excessive temperature changes, excessive lighting, insufficient lightning, physical stress, excessive salinity, etc.
Just like corals, anemones use their zooxanthellae to feed on light. The other part of their nutrition comes from meat. Unfortunately, they cannot survive solely on captured prey as their primary source of energy. An anemone without zooxanthellae is usually on the brink of death so:


Bleaching can be reversed, but it takes commitment and time. First thing to do is to is to provide excellent water quality and optimal lighting. If you fear your light is too strong, you can simply reduce the photo period and increase the time slowly over a couple of weeks. This will allow the anemone to addapt. When the light is too strong, the anemone will usually hide from it. The anemone should also be feed in small quantities on a regular basis (3-4 times a week) until it’s color recovers. This will keep it from starving since it dosn’t have it’s symbiotic algae to help out.
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I haven't seen an anemone bleach because of too much light. If the light is too intense they will usually retract from it. If it's going upwards on the rock, closer to the light, I would guess it it looking for more light.
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:01 AM   #16
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I haven't seen an anemone bleach because of too much light. If the light is too intense they will usually retract from it. If it's going upwards on the rock, closer to the light, I would guess it it looking for more light.
As long as they have an way to retreat from it.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:36 PM   #17
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I totally disagree with various statements of your post. There is no need for bashing, it was a simple question, in need of a simple response. My tank at nearly 4 months has displayed no signs of distress until I left for a 10 day vacation. As far as stability, my tank's temperature never swings more than .7 degrees. Water quality remains excellent with zeros across the board. I had never lost anything up until my winter break vacation. Salinity remains at a constant 1.024 and everything was going great. All other corals remain healthy and well. I fed the anemone a small piece of Mysis shrimp yesterday & he has since looked better. He doesn't appear to be dying, I was just worried so I asked a question.
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I only use RO water and he only moved because of the shrimp. He only moved maybe 2 inches up, but across the other side of the aquarium. He was doing well in his original spot until the Cleaner Shrimp harassed him. After that, he ventured elsewhere to his new spot. Every once in a well, the shrimp will go over to him & he will curl up. But it's only when the shrimp gets near him. Also, I had 4 fish. 3 died during my vacation, and the last passes the next day upon arriving home.
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You ask for help and you don't like to hear the truth, I have been successfully raising nems for 6 years, and based on my experiences and 8 years of reefing, I voiced my opinion, sorry it wasn't what you wanted to hear, good luck
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:09 PM   #20
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I understand that, and I am thankful for your expertise. I just don't understand how you could say the aquarium is not stable? This tank is very stable, I assure you that. I know it's a bit young, but it is very stable.
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