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Old 03-01-2006, 11:04 PM   #1
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Is this anemone dangerous?

I got a pink tipped haitian anemone last week. I put it in and it keeps moving around. 2 of my fishes (beaty coral angle and fire gobi) died a few day after that. Im just wondering if the anemone did this. Is it dangerous toward my fishes and corals? ty

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Old 03-01-2006, 11:32 PM   #2
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Test the tank for water quality thoroughly...temperature, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, SG, calcium and alkalinity to start with. If you suppliment iodine, strontium or iron, test those levels too. A wandering anemone is not a happy one. It is normal for anemones to wander a bit after introduction, but there does come a point where it can indicate something with water quality (sometimes lighting) is making it unhappy.

Hard to say if the fish you lost was due to the anemone's stress, coming into contact with it's tentacles, or perhaps died of something else that maybe the anemone is showing a disliking to as well. Haitians are a bit more aggressive than other commonly kept anemones. They are more quick to sting. An anemone on the defense will have it's tentacles stiff and stout instead of relaxed and flowy. At least if it foots, it's aggressions are limited to how far its tentacles can reach, but one on the move can bump into things.


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Old 03-02-2006, 06:40 AM   #3
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I had a pink tip. It killed and ate several of my fish before I returned it to the LFS. JMO - beautiful, but potentially harmful.

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Old 03-02-2006, 08:57 PM   #4
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same here, the one that I had got three of my fish. He now lives in the 20 gal sump and doing great.
Love that sweet salt water smell, that's why I owe I owe, so off to work I go.
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