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Old 12-26-2006, 03:50 PM   #11
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Lighting will be your biggest and best investment . This will be your determining factor of what corals you can put in your system ...skimp on it now you will regret it later save for it now and go slowly you will be happier.... Dont try to fit a coral in your system that is light demanding now and race to find the right light to much can go wrong .... if you are able to do it DIY may be an option for you .. there are many options to choose from but dont hurry as you will later regret it .....
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When I got my first anemone it was bleached out (a bta). I had two o. clowns and they never went near it. Then I got a bigger bta about three times the size that was healthier and the clowns hosted it after a week. About a month ago the anemone started to deteriorate (from an unknown infection that also got my hairy mushrooms.....) so I took it out and my lfs took it to watch over it but it had to be put down... Now my clowns host the first one I got (the bleached out one) which is now quite healthy. It is getting it's color back- was totally white but now has tan base, lime green/ white tentacles with pink tips. That's just my experience with hosting clowns.
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great advice sadielynn but i think that 192 watts should be plenty for the size tank that i have and its only about 22 1/2" deep.
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Hmmm, 22.5 inches deep as in top of the tank to the bottom? Are you including sand depth in your measuring? Either way, it sounds as if 192w is a pc unit, which IMO simply is not adequate for any carpets due to light depreciation once past 17-18", even 10in. at that. S. haddoni has been known to be kept under lesser lighting conditions, but you would probably save yourself grief in the long run by going with metal halide and understanding that all Stichodactyla appreciate bright lighting and for the most part, strong flow. I'm sure you already realize carpets get large at around 18"+ in diameter.
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I agree also that IMO MH`s are needed to maintain that type anenome. I didnt know they get that big but that`s good to know James.
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alright from the crushed coral to the top is 20 3/4". and i didnt know either that they got that big. but thanks for helping me out here.
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Just wanted to add that there is no guarantee at all that your clowns will host the anemone. So don't hold your breath.
also anemones are stolen from wild clowns, who soon find themselves vulnerable without their home. captive clowns do not need an anemone to survive.

anemones are the only animals believed to possibly live forever, though in aquariums, they usually only last for a couple of years.

i'm personally boycotting them
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:09 PM   #18
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Has anyone attempted to breed anemones in captivity, or is their reproductive cycle too complex?
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Anemone's are not being "bred" in captivity so much as they are being aquacultured through the slicing and dicing of them. (anyone that has attended a calfo seminar knows what I am referring to here). Some of them also reproduce by "splitting".

This is not all species, but a few.
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Like Lisa said, anemones can be "fragged" much like corals can. Notably, Anthony Calfo (which we've both had the pleasure of watching) will cut apart a Sebae Anemone in front of you at a seminar, plop them in a tank, and an hour later the cuts are aleady healed over. It's very awesome.

I watched him with Fluff in Lancaster at That Fish Place last year do the same thing, with the same results. So yes, anemones can be propogated but it takes a few months to a year to get them to grow to a sellable or tradable size.

There is alot of corals to be saved and money to be made in coral or anemone farming, you just need the money and space to do it in.

Always buy captive bred/aquacultured animals if you can and avoid supporting anybody who sells wild caught specimens.
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