Originally Posted by RandyStacyE
My lighting is set up for 4 bulbs, but I only utilize 2 at this moment-when I had 4 hooked up, it seemed to make no difference. 1 white, 1 50/50 actinic. 24" bulbs. White in the back half, 50/50 in the front (both are attached to the canopy). I was thinking that he possibly wanted to be lower in the tank-right now he is about mid-level.
So are these 75w VHO
bulbs or some type of NO
? Light intensity for this kind of anemone is quite inportant and needs clarification.
The clown is making is aquaintance with a hammer coral right now--but this still is a concern considering that he was purchased exclusively for the clown.
Don't let it concern you unless the hammer shows signs or irritation or necrosis. Weather the clown is WC
or tank bred; it will host to what it see's fit. The likleyhood of a tank bred clown hosting in a non-typical anemone is moreso common than the WC
but all will host something. A clown is almost never seen without some type of host in the wild; anemone, coral or other.
Tips are purple, tentacles are white.
Steve--what is bleached?
The white tentacles are an indication of bleaching. "Bleached" means the animal has expelled it's symbiotic zooxanthellae from which it derives most of it's nutrition. Without it, the anemone will be more sensitive to lighting and requires extra care. Until the anemone is able to sustain itself through the rebuilding of it's own algae stores, you will need to very carefully suppliment it's diet. Using some mysis or other freshly minced raw seafood (about Â¼ teaspoon) soaked in a few drops of selcon, feed sparingly about 3 times a week. Preferabley with an eyedropper and target feed so to foods gentley adhere to anemone on it's own. If you have brisk water movement, turn off the equipment for a short while to allow the anemone extra time to feed. Depending on the lights you have and the quality of the water parameters, the anemone should start to show some color regeneration in a few weeks time. Typically it will become a dull greyish brown. At that time start reducing the amount of foods fed but continue the frequencey of three times a week. After an additional increase in color (6-8 weeks) drop down to 2 times a week but with the same quantity of food. Keep slowly weining the anemone down until you have decreased the amount of direct feedings to nothing. Determining when will greatly depend on the color and overall health but it could be anywhere from 2-4 months. Do not just cut cold turkey on the feedings. I will become dependant on them and must be gradually reduced as it regains in health.