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Old 06-05-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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hiding anenome

I normally feed my anenome every 3 days but he went and hid behind some of my live rock to where I don't see him and can't get back there to feed him. He's been back here for nearly 3 weeks now. He came out last week for an hour or so and I tried feeding him but he wouldn't take it and went back behind the rocks.

I'm worried because he hasn't eaten in 3 weeks and is staying secluded. I've had him for 6 months and he's always seemed happy and stable. Everything else is doing just fine and all water parameters are fine.

Should I be worried at all or just let him be? I know it's time for new bulbs, could this partly be the problem or would he be moving around more or shrinking?

I'm not positive the species, but he's got a bright red foot with a white/purplish top and he's small....the size of a computer mouse when he's extremely inflated or as small as a quarter if he shrinks himself up all the way.

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What exactly are the water parameters?
What kind of lighting and what sized tank?
What are you feeding?
What other fish are in the tank?
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:42 PM   #3
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1) Nitrites are 0; PH is 8.2; salinity is 1.024; temp is 79
2) 2 65 watt compact flourescent lights, 10,000K; 55 gallon tank, has been setup for 18 months, I've had it 6 months. When I bought the tank/everything I transferred everything and 80% of the water and got it set back up right away, nothing had issues at all in the move.
3) Feeding it silversides, it didn't seem to care for shrimp. About 6 weeks ago a hermit pulled a silverside out of the anenome when it was about done eating. It was spewing stuff in the tank, the protein skimmer went crazy and I was changing out water pretty rapidly for a couple hours. The LFS said he was ok since after the water changes and so forth he reinflated and looked OK. He even ate a couple days later with no issues. This was at least 6 weeks ago though.
EDIT: I ended up changing out about 15 gallons of water that evening

4) 2 clowns, 1 yellow tang, and 2 striped eel catfish, 2 cleaner shrimp, a couple of stars

I also have some corral in there that's doing fine and so are the featherdusters and snails. I add calcium/ph buffer every couple of weeks but I've done nothing different the last month than I have the previous 5. I just picked up some new bulbs and am putting them in.

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Seems that is kind of low lighting, but if it was fine before, maybe the bulbs just need to be replaced.
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I personally dont think you have enough lighting.Your lighting intensity is not enough for an anenome. Even if you go by WPG it`s not enough. You`d have to at least double your lighting. I would consider getting getting som T5`s for your tank. Good intensity that will be good for your anenome.
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Its probably every person has a different opinion...
The setup is 2 65watt CFLs 10,000k with 2 65 watt CFLs that are nighttime lights...6,000K. The LFS when I asked them said that light would be just fine for an anenome..they didn't try to sell me a metal hallide or anything else they said I was fine.

What is the rule of thumb for watts per gallon for keeping an anenome?

If the anenome wasn't getting enough light wouldn't he go further up instead of going behind/under rocks or are they just not that smart? He's been fine since October so I'm a bit confused with his behavior.
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So you actually have 4 65 watt bulbs going? That`s a different story. Lighting technology has changed. There used to be a time when WPG was good to discuss and implement. But with todays lighting it`s a different story. Now with T5`s and MH`s intensity maters. I still use WPG but only as a broad or general guideline.
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Thanks for the info. When I picked up the new bulbs I asked the LFS their thoughts and they said the bulbs were probably too old and needed replacing or there could be an issue with the water quality. But if all the other fish and corals were fine so far, it was probably the light.
We'll see, it's at my office on a timer so hopefully when I go in Monday morning I'll see him out and happy.

Sorry for the confusion on the total wattage of the lights. I thought the "night time" lights were more for looks to help bring out color and not actually do anything productive for the critters. Still doing a lot of learning and I appreciate the feedback.
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I thought the "night time" lights were more for looks to help bring out color and not actually do anything productive for the critters.
You talking about the blue lights right? They are very important lights for corals IMO.
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Yup, the blue lights.

An update though, put the lights in Friday afternoon and just got back in the office this morning and the anenome is still hiding behind some live rock and not getting any direct light where he's at. Is it best to just leave him be or move the rock and bring him out? Can anenome's just act weird like this sometimes?

I'm actually going to be out of town all next week and someone else in the office will be taking care of feeding and topping off the water. I'd hate for him to die and kill the entire tank while I'm gone.
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