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Old 03-21-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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maybe an anemone?

Hi, i have a 30 gallon reef tank thats been up for about 6 months now. all of my parameters are stable. i have a 4 bulb fixture from fishneedit and its taking care of my acroporas well, so i think i have a good amount of lighting. i have a sump with about 1500+ gph of flow.

Am i able to get an anemone. I know a decent amount about them, id like to know if im able to keep one, and if so, what is an easy type that will do well in a 30 gallon. im not willing to nuke my tank over this, so something fairly easy would be nice. ive looked into maxxi carpets and like them, but im definitely up for absolutely anything. i dont have a clownfish at the moment, and i dont want it because I want it to host a clown.

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Old 03-21-2012, 11:43 AM   #2
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Maybe a bubble tip, phosphates and nitrates at 0? How many watts are you putting out?
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:52 AM   #3
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You should be able to get a nem by now. IMHO, nems are trouble for corals. I'll never have one.
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yep both are at 0. i just checked bubble tips, and they seem easier. i know maxis dont move much, which is why i was thinking theyd be better, but i like the look of bta's much more.

sniper, i know their trouble, but its so enticing because of the way they act.
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I think bubbletips are considered to be the easiest followed by long tentacles. The maxi-minis are pretty as well and come in lots of different colors. Whatever you decide on, make sure you get one that has neither bleached out nor been dyed. The tentacles should look full and the mouth should not be agape.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:42 AM   #6
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well after a big debate on another forum, ive decided it wasnt for me. not because it wouldnt survive or anything, just because they arent exactly suited for a reef tank. if it killed a coral of mine, it would be very disappointing to me. I also would be scared 24/7 of it hurting me or anything in my tank. maybe if i getget a fowlr someday i will. Thanks everyone
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well after a big debate on another forum, ive decided it wasnt for me. not because it wouldnt survive or anything, just because they arent exactly suited for a reef tank. if it killed a coral of mine, it would be very disappointing to me. I also would be scared 24/7 of it hurting me or anything in my tank. maybe if i getget a fowlr someday i will. Thanks everyone
That's cool that u made a decision but being scared 24/7 is a little over reacting I must say never have mine messed with my corals or anything.
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That's cool that u made a decision but being scared 24/7 is a little over reacting I must say never have mine messed with my corals or anything.
IMO that isnt an overreaction when you have so much money invested in corals which the anenome could sting, nuke, or the thing could get into a powerhead and be chopped up. There are alot of things that could go wrong!
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I totally agree. I had a nem and returned it after about 2 months. I know I can sleep easier now and not worry as much. Good decision in my opinion.
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I have found that anemones and coral didn't mix well when the population density gets higher. If the tank is sparsely populated with a coral on one end and a anemone secured to the other end...you would probably be all right. But IMO, when the tank starts to get full, one or the other will dominate the reef. You can seem to have lots of happy anemones and the coral suffers and the opposite it also true. Since there are so many corals that look similar anemones...I prefer the coral. My clown fish loves my waving hand corals and don't miss having an anemone at all. I have one volunteer anemone... A green ball which is kind of pretty and seems to be happy amongst my mushrooms.
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