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Old 05-25-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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BTA help?!

So a few days ago I fed my BTA a whole silverside (in pieces) after having this guy in my tank about a week.. This morning he was deflating and had a slimy substance coming out of him. He continued deflating over the next few hours and now he is fully deflated and sucking into himself with his mouth showing.

He's in a 20 gal tank with bio wheel hang on filter and bubbler. Using mixed salt water with stress coat additive. 5%WC weekly. Running T5-HO lights 28w total for around 8-10 hours per day. Tank has been running approx. 4 months.

He was only in this tank until our 60 gal is set up/cycled..... If he lives?

Thoughts, comments, suggestions please!? Thanks

Tank mates: 2 scarlet shrimp, 1 turbo snail, 3 sand snails, 1 linckia star
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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28w of t5's on a 20g is not enough light. Nems also deflate while they digest so he could come around buy probably not if you dont get more light.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:36 AM   #3
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Sounds like he is pooping. Yes you need more light
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Thanks for the replies. Greatly appreciated. Just pooped, Gave me a scare there for a second. With the light, does anyone know the highest wattage that can be put into a corallife t5HO dual light? Know this isn't the right forum but if you come across this and know please do tell.
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:29 AM   #5
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You need more bulbs you cant put any more watts through your current light. You need a bigger fixture. 4 bulb minimum. What are your tank dimensions? The nem will not survive long with current lighting.
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So a few days ago I fed my BTA a whole silverside (in pieces) after having this guy in my tank about a week..
Probably not a good idea. I've had my sebae anemone around 10 yrs now and never once directly fed it.

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"Underfeed, underfeed, don't feed! Underfeed, underfeed, don't feed! Most losses in captive systems are the result of over-feeding. How many more times do I feel I need to write this? Bunches! Some anemones have been kept for YEARS without any intentional external feeding. Know your stock! Many anemones (especially larger species) are detritivorous (a polite term meaning they eat poop), planktivorous, and largely chemoautotrophic/photosynthesizing species/individuals that hobbyists try to over-stuff with meaty/prepared foods. My bid for largest cause of loss of anemones is the consequences (lack of oxygen, hydrogen and other sulfide production...) from over-feeding. "
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:08 PM   #7
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Just to show the other side of the coin, I've fed my Sebae every 10-14 days a silverside, and it's done very well. It doesn't move around, but maybe an inch every 4 months, and has gotten huge. I've had it over 7 years.
I don't really understand the theology behind not feeding something that is obviously designed to catch small fish and eat them.
All I can say is that I feed mine and it's done fine. Maybe i've been lucky, I don't know.

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obviously designed to catch small fish and eat them
That is where you are totally wrong. They do not catch any fish. In their natural habitat they host clownfish and the clowns keep any other fish away. They try to protect their home. A larger piece of food will never make it to the anemone. It will be eaten by either the larger reef fish or the clowns themselves. The anemone catches whatever small tidbits that may make it past everything else, but nothing large.
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Fair enough, but I've never experienced anything detrimental, by feeding mine.
If they never eat fish, then why do you always here " be careful with smaller fish and a Nem together, because it will eat your fish"?
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I definitely applaud you for having kept an anemone alive that long. The great majority of those who purchase anemones have them die in a short period of time...for various reasons.

As you mentioned, your anemone has stayed in the same place for many years. They don't actively hunt for fish. The fish we keep in our tanks all come off reefs. Those fish know better and stay away from anemones. Of course if a fish in our tank dies and gets swept into the anemone, it will try to eat it, but even in the pic you posted there is a tang near by. Why didn't the anemone catch and eat it?
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