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Old 03-07-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Problems with Bulb Anemone

I am relatively new to the saltwater hobby. Started my 30 gallon tank in January. Stocked with 30 lbs of live rock and live sand. Installed Bak Pak 2 protein skimmer, Penguin 150 filter, and a Coralife Metal halide 150 W light. Since then I have added a Tomato Clown fish, Bulb anemone, Open Brain Coral, Leather Coral, Domino Damsel fish, and a Vietnamese Zoanthid (in that order).

I am feeding the fish 1/2 cube of mysis shrimp daily and feeding the Bulb anemone and Open Brain Coral 1/2 cube of mysis shrimp weekly.

The Bulb anemone was added in early February and has been deflating once a week. In the last 4 days it has deflated 3 times. Each time it has opened back up looking great. Do I have anything to worry about?

Water quality seems fine and is outlined below:

Ca= 510
SP= 1.023
Temp= 81F
Ammonia= 0mg/l
Nitrite= <0.3mg/l
Nitrate= 10mg/l
pH= 7.9
KH=7 DH
Phosphate= 0.4mg/l
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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it sounds pretty normal but you should have 0 nitrite and 0 phosphate. do a few pwc's over the next few days.
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Pardon my ignorance but by pwc do you mean water change? Also, my LFS told me that since my tank is so young I should anticipate some phosphate until bacteria has established itself. Are there supplements I can add to speed up the process?
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yup: partial water change. how old is the tank? is it fully cycled? how did u cycle? and there arent any good supplements to speed up the process.
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:05 PM   #5
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The tank is 2 months old (started 1/11/09), it was cycled in the first week according to my LFS. I cycled with live rock and live sand. Introduced a Tomato clown on 1/17 and the anemone on 2/6. Domino damsel, open brain coral and leather coral added 2/14. Vietnamese zoanthids added 3/1. I am done adding livestock for awhile. Any additional advice?
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anemone's usually should be added one year in. but good luck. do some pwc's soon and u got any pic's?
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Yeh, I learned that after I bought it. LFS did not tell me that. Not sure how to post pics but my avatar is the most current pic.
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not seeing any pic...
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Anemones are funny things. They tend to tell us if our tanks are out of whack. The phosphate reading doesn't bother me as much as the nitrite does. It should be 0.

Your calcium is a little high. Are you using supplements? Also since you have an anemone in the tank I would bump the SG up to 1.025-1.026. Get it a little closer to ocean water. Since you have corals and an anemone what kind of lighting do you have on the tank? Anemones get most of their energy/food from lighting. Bubble Tip (BTA) Anemones require pretty strong lighting.

Being as it is you have a new tank you will want to do PWCs (partial water change) fairly regularly. What kind of filtration do you have on your tank?
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I'll do a 25% water change today to see if I can reduce the phosphate and nitrate and increase my SG to 1.025-1.026. How often would you do water changes given my situation (every other week)? Also, what percent would you change each time?

I am using the following supplements (dosed at 1 cap each every other day): Seachem Reef Iodine, Blue Life Precision Strontium, Kent Marine Liquid Calcium. Anything else you would recommend?

I have a Coralife 150W Metal Halide light that is on everyday from 10am to 8pm. This should be sufficient, right?

By the way, the anemone deflated last night and looks great again today.
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