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Old 12-14-2004, 09:03 PM   #1
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Ok ok, I gave in to the sad little clown and purchased a BTA (Rose colored) Everyone seemed to agree they are the hardiest and most tolerable. So, I dropped it in my tank after about a 4 hr drip acclimation. Next day (as usual) happy. Day after, its all mouth (Kinda like the wife..), yet perked up later that evening. Today, sorta of the same. Seems to perk up as the day progresses. Having done my homework, my reading has told me that they should not appear to be all shriveled up with the mouth wide open. However, I could not garner any info on if the tips stay..well...bubbly all the time. Acclimation blues or is it gonna croak? Opinions, odds, bets?

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Old 12-14-2004, 09:20 PM   #2
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I'm not an authority on anemones..but mine opens, shrivels up, gets really LARGE, then really small...I've given up being concerned. He's just moody. I'm sure mine is OK.
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Old 12-14-2004, 09:27 PM   #3
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Day after, its all mouth (Kinda like the wife..), yet perked up later that evening.
Have you fed it anything? If so, did it take the food OK? My guess is it'll take a few days for it to get happy. Anemones are difficult to keep...even the "easy" ones.
Anyway, if your wife sees the above quote, the anemone will be the least of your worries...you might be it's next meal 8O .
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I feed my anemones silversides & krill pieces once or twice a week.
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Old 12-14-2004, 10:33 PM   #5
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From what I have read, with proper lighting, they are just as happy. I did plan on buying some 'cocktail' shrimp from the store (frozen shrimp) for myself and I figured I could dice up some for the BTA. However, I wasn't really looking for another mouth to feed, rather something that would be ok with just photosynthesis. If feeding is a must I believe chopped clam, mysis shrimp is the preferred anemone food. As a side note he has not packed up and moved around so my guess is, and its just a guess at this point based on research, he is happy with his lighting/placement and water flow. As for the 'condition' every night, I think last night for some unknown reason (As always) my heaters (2 of them) allowed the tank to drop to 77.5 degrees. Its normally a steady 81. (Does ANYONE make a reliable heater!) Anyhow, I was just worried the little critter was going to plop over dead. I have not lost anything in my tank that I started with or purchased (Come close a time or two) and I thought that might be the end of my good luck..

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Old 12-14-2004, 10:49 PM   #6
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I have a small anemone that appeared out of nowhere. It hitchiked with my LR. It looks like a small carpet anemone. It was shriveled up, and kept moving spots for a week or two. It has finally opened up, and stays in one spot. I target fed it some frozen squid, and he ate like a champ. Looks like he's one happy little guy.
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My bta always looks to be on deaths door the day after a feeding. He gets 1 silverside once a week. He never has bubbles and is a little limp looking day to day. Especially today since I had to extract him from my overflow last night. Really looked dead then, but seems to have recovered.
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I give mine 1 silverside, once a week. It's fun. Otherwise, he's on his own to photosynthesize.
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pc mine are not bubbly all the time mostly bubbly in the am and as the day goes on streaches to the light i have cut back on the feedings to once every week or 2 the clowns do a pretty decent job of handling it for me as long as the piece is small enough for them they take it there if the mouth is not gaping all the time it is probably fine and i would take it as a good sign that it settled in and has not moved
could you post us a pic?
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This is day 5. The clown started warming up to it day 2. You can see just off to the side the piece of base rock it came on. To my suprise this morning it had moved off of it. The clown is very protective of it running to it even when I approach the tank. He even chased off my CBS which is the tough guy of the tank earlier..
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