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Old 04-17-2011, 03:19 AM   #11
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So y is it White then when there is many varieties of anneoms I have seen them like that last pic posted. But yet my one is doing well.

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It's white because it doesn't have enough light to support the symbiotic zooxanthellae algae that live inside it and give it it's color.

Coral Reefs: Zooxanthellae
"Any of these animals can bleach and turn white. As with corals, bleaching occurs when environmental stress adversely affects the mutually beneficial relationship between the host organism and its zooxanthellae."

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An anemone lives for decades in the wild and generally less than 2 years in our tanks. Most die within a year.

My suggestion is 1) unless you know that an anemone is fragged from another already in captivity, or split from one in captivity, don't buy it; 2) unless you know exactly what #1 needs in terms of light, and care, and your tank can provide for it, don't buy it; 3) unless the person selling it knows the answers to #2, don't buy it.

LTA's can get BIG, well over a foot wide given proper conditions. They can live for 80+ years in the ocean. These creatures do not belong in captive tanks.
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I completely agree. There are some things we should not try to keep as it is a slow trip to the trash can. There are exceptions to every rule...but not many when it comes to anemones.

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