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Old 01-14-2011, 12:21 AM   #1
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Rose bubble tipped anemone question?

Tonight I added a small rose bubble tipped anemone. I floated it for 30 minutes, and then dripped it in a bucket for another hour. I sat it on top of the highest rock, under my LED fixture. Anyways, after several hours or so, it is still all shrunken up, the tentacles have not extended. This is the first anemone I have put in there, and am wondering it this is normal behavior? The shop where I bought it told me to put it high in the rock pile, in an area with decent water flow.

My tank parameters are:

Amm - 0 ppm
Nitrites - 0 ppm
Nitrates - 5-10ppm (not sure, the API drop test uses the same color for both)
pH - 7.8
temp - 78 F

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It might take a few days for it to acclimate to your tank. I dont think it`s too much out of the ordinary.
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also, it's going to go where it wants to go, not where you place it. it's probably not going to do well at the very top of the rock, at least not until it's used to your lighting.
what lighting did you have again?
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"what lighting did you have again?"

I have two 60W LED fixtures. They put out the same PAR as a 300W metal halide. I woke up this morning, and the anemone is gone! I have looked around the tank, but cannot find it.

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well, then it's light shock. it's hiding in the rock.
there is no such thing as a 300 watt halide, but i'm curious about what fixtures you chose. i'm looking around for a decent but affordable LED supplier.
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I am running two of these panels on my 55 gallon, they are quite bright.

"there is no such thing as a 300 watt halide"

Sorry, per the manufacturer, each panels puts out the same PAR as a 150W halide, for a total of 300W. So over my 55, that is roughly 5.45W per gallon. These LED's are beautifully made, and put out quite a bit of light, but I do not have a PAR meter, so can not verify the manufacturer's statement. At my LFS, the owner has a similar 60W LED fixture over what appears to be a 30 gallon tall, and she mentioned that it was bleaching out her SPS! I'm not sure on the tank size, I'll have to ask her, but it appeared to be smaller than my 55.

So the anemone should re-appear at a later time? My wife is upset, she didn't want me to buy an anemone this early in our tank's life (3 months), and now $70 has walked off LOL.

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i would think it should come out of hiding eventually. unless your parameters aren't optimal for some reason.
can you dim those fixtures? maybe you could turn them down a little, and gradually power them up over a period of a couple weeks.
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Well, my wife found the RBTA! It climbed down under a rock ledge, and is sitting there in the shade. Hopefully it will come out when it is ready. Unfortunately the LED's are not dimmable.

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I would try to put some plastic screens between the led's and the tank to try to lower the intensity and gradually remove one screen a week,also keep an eye on your phosphates and yep way too early for a nem
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Well, the anemone has disappeared once more. Now I cannot find it, it must have climbed into a hole in the liverock. I have not seen it since the night that I put it in. Should I try and find it? Or leave it be, and maybe someday it will come out? My nitrates are now down to between 0 and 5 ppm. I have been keeping up with my water changes and the nitrates have been slowly dropping each week.

I don't understand why it would not like my LED's, I thought these things love high lighting?

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