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Old 11-24-2003, 11:03 PM   #1
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help with anemones

Hi there, I have just purchased 2 anemones for my saltwater tank. Brought them home, acclimated them for 2 hours. Now, the anemones have not rooted. One is a long tentacle anemone, seems to be happy right now stretched out at the base, reaching for the power head. Not to worry, no big filter for the guy to get sucked into. But, he doesn't seem to want to open in any direction except toward the powerhead. The other guy is a sebae anemone, and he (she?) is not sticky at all. At least the other guy is sticky when you touch him. The sebae has not rooted, and does not seem to want to stick, no other way to describe it really. Is this a problem for new anemones, or should I wait a couple of days for them to get more used to the tank.
Not sure what to do, I'm new to anemones. Have had the tank set up for about a year with a clown, a hippo tang, a damsel, a coral banded shrimp, and 2 featherdusters.
Checked water params before adding the anemones, everything was normal. Should I worry?
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Old 11-24-2003, 11:09 PM   #2
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what kind of lights do you have?
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Old 11-24-2003, 11:15 PM   #3
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Have to get new lights, right now is a basic 30" 20 W fluorescent. Been doing some research meantime, and I definitely need to upgrade the lighting. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-24-2003, 11:18 PM   #4
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your lights are way too incificent for anemones, i think you need MH for proper growth and life of an anemone.
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Old 11-24-2003, 11:44 PM   #5
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The anemones will not survive with your lighting. I would ask to LFS to hold them until you receive your new lighting. They shouls have asked you what your set up is befor e selling them to you. Right now you have a zero percent chance with your current set up. Anemones are very particular but the first thing they need is LOTS of light.
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Old 11-24-2003, 11:56 PM   #6
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OK, been doing some more research. What is the general concesus on full spectrum fluorescent lighting? MH is what I'm working toward, but may take a little while. Kind of expensive. Anyway, will full spectrum fluorescent work in the meantime? Also, how much wattage is recommended for a 29 gal tank? Cannot seem to find recommendations anywhere on how much light to provide.

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Old 11-25-2003, 12:02 AM   #7
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well i have 3 40watt flourecents and i am holding my breath untill i get better lights and all i have is low light corals, anemones need a lot of bright , high intence lighting, as for wattage i THINK its 4 or 5 watts per gallon, IMO the anemones wont last for long and i hear once they start too die theres no bringing them back.
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