Hi all. I bought a HUGE Ritteri Anemone 4 days ago and all has been well.. He is so big in fact that he looks like 3 or 4 stuck together and is grey with yellow tips - really beautiful and worth the 140.00! 8O Anyways - he stayed wide open with the occasional deflation of tentacles for a few seconds until they would pop right back up big and fat and the clowns took to him within seconds of me putting him in which they all seemed to love it (they were really small clowns which didn't even get close to the other 2 anemones that I had that died
As soon as a few tentacles would deflate, they would mouth and suck on them and up they went again. This is the happiest I have seen my fish EVER! Well, today and last night it seems that he is taking up noticiably less space.. not a ton - just smaller in diameter. Also, tentacles seem to stay deflated much longer - minutes sometimes and more. The tentacles that are up are really fat - but the ones that are deflated are super empty. I did get the coralife aqualight pro with dual mhs and dual actinic pcs so lighting shouldnt be an issue. He is almost near the sand bed at the end of the tank on top of lr
attached to lr
rubble he came on in medium to low current and hasnt moved an inch - i think he likes the local.
Anyways - all my params are pretty good except for my calc... the last I tested a few days ago it was over 500. Could that be it? How do I get it down? Also, dosing manual phytoplankton or something help? I only have small pellets and frozen bryne/mysid shrimp in the little chunks in the trays from the lfs
and have only spot fed him once a little bit and although his tentacles seemed to grab it when I placed it near his mouth, I think the clowns got the most of it. I also did a water top off earlier because my levels were pretty low and I thought maybe my salinity may have been a little too high for him. I also did a 15% water change the evening I got him when he was doing good that didnt seem to effect him. I have TONS of pods
in my fuge/sump and in my tank... so many that before him the clowns would STAY on the glass -seriously 100% of the day eating on them. Does that help him out feeding wise? Am I just being overly paranoid? At first days actions - I thought the quick deflate and inflates were normal because every pic I have seen of this speces has had tentacles deflated. I just wonder why he seemed a tad happier at the lfs
... I will attach a pic to describe how he looked when I got him - now he just stays like that much longer and a good bit smaller in size. Thanks all - and let me know if I can supply any more info.... because I always leave out somethin'