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Old 06-01-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Just in case you thought anemones were safe

Was going though some old pictures on my phone. And found this one. Just thought I'd share in case someone thinks anemones don't kill......
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:59 PM   #2
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That anemone didn't kill that fish IMO. I have always kept anemones with fish and they knew not to touch them. A sick fish however....could bump into an anemone.
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That's a great example. Never know!! One quick flinch could be all it takes.
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Doug, I had always thought the same and experienced the same until I saw it happen over a few minutes. Wish I would have had a camcorder to take a video instead. I didn't like that lavender tang. It was such a bully going after the other fish in the tank, so I let nature take it's course. It just swam into it and couldn't get out. Seemed the more it struggled the worse it got tangled in the ritteri. Eventually the anemone turned the tang around and started working on its tail.
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That's amazing. I had various anemones in various systems and never did I see any fish go near them, besides clowns of course.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:45 PM   #6
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Just always thought this particular anemone was weird. All sebaes, BTAs, and ritteri's I've had, always tend to attach themselves and point straight up or at a slight angle. This one attached itself to the side of the rock and pointed it's tentacles to the side.
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That's amazing. I had various anemones in various systems and never did I see any fish go near them, besides clowns of course.
My 6 line wrasse goes basically right up to the mouth of my bubble tip, and frequently. Ironically, my clowns want nothing to do with it, except occasionally they will show an interest in hosting, but nothing ever became official.
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That's pretty crazy. What a huge meal...
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That anemone didn't kill that fish IMO. I have always kept anemones with fish and they knew not to touch them. A sick fish however....could bump into an anemone.
I agree 100%. Every reef fish (excluding clowns and some damsels) knows to stay away from anemones. That tang may have been disoriented or spooked and swam into it, but I do not believe the anemone actively captured it. They aren't ambush hunters, but they will latch onto anything that swims into it.
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I agree 100%. Every reef fish (excluding clowns and some damsels) knows to stay away from anemones. That tang may have been disoriented or spooked and swam into it, but I do not believe the anemone actively captured it. They aren't ambush hunters, but they will latch onto anything that swims into it.
Oh I absolutely agree. Anemone's aren't "active hunters". The fish just swam too close and paid the price.
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