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Old 05-30-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
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Bubble tip anemone

Hi there,

My bubble tip anemone has been in my tank for about 3 months, seems its mouth is open.

I fed my fish some pellets this morning (lazy, I know). Then looked at my BTA as my fish were feeding and notice it "cringed" and then sloooowly relaxed back and then expelled a white/clear substance (it looked similar to milk, only lighter and thinner). And has now sat in this position for about 20 minutes. I'm just about to head off to work unfortunately so I won't be able to monitor the BTA throughout the day.

Would anyone have a quick understanding of what just happened..are the mouth open and the discharge connected? If not can anyone explain both queries?

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Old 05-30-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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The bleaching and the mouth gaping are connected. That guy is stressed and nearing death. These guys need high intensity light to survive and this need is not being met. What is your lighting?
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It's definitely bleached, and quite unhappy. It can recover if proper parameters and/or lighting are presented.
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+1 to the above. And a BTA on the sandbed? What kind of lighting do you have in this tank? Is it a new tank?
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply everyone...

I have 2 x 3ft cases that hold 2 bulbs in each. In both cases, I have 1 x T5 HO 6700k bulb and 1 x marine glo actinic bulb.

My tanks is a 6ft tank.

As to anemone on sand, I just cleaned my tank 2 days ago, so it has moved itself from the live rock it was attached to and sat behind the rock due to too much water flow. I will get it to attach again to the rock ASAP. People are telling me about LED's etc. which i really ont want to muck up with and make things worse. I will go out and buy the lights ASAP, i just need to know what type and how many etc. I just really need to know "no fuss", "no lingo" etc.

Please just let me know what to buy to get my little guy happy and healthy, and ill do it. I hate to see that I am not doing a good job here, it's my first anemone.

My tank is 5-6 years old.

I have another post named "lighting for reef tanks" asking about lighting because I didn't know a while back..reply's pointed me towards LED's, but I'm really not convinced. Everyone told me to go to AMAZON.com. I just want to go to a LFS and pick up the lights/bulbs.

Please, please help. I don't want my little guy to be unhappy anymore

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Old 05-31-2013, 09:14 AM   #6
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I would definitely go with LEDs. They are your best choice I think. I used to have t5 and had problems with heat (same goes for metal halide) and plus you have to replace the globes every 8months - the cost of LEDs may look like a lot up front but if you add up the cost of replacement globes (and that would be a lot on a 6ft tank) you could have just bought the LEDs and have a better light. Everyone is going with the taotronics dimmable ones and you would need three on your tank.
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When was the last time you changed out your globes? If you don't have the cash to upgrade now I would at Least think about getting 2x 10000k - 12000k whites in there, your nem isn't going to like the lights you have
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You need more light. LED or not, 2 bulbs every 3 feet will not support a bubble tip in a 6' tank, no matter what lamps you have in them.
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I bought this off eBay... Solid light fixture and puts out plenty of light. Has a timer built in and everything. Haven't had a single problem with it yet (Knock on wood)
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That light looks great, but unfortunately it doesn't send to Australia. Is there any other suppliers that do? Also does anyone else in this thread think that these lights could help me?
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