Originally Posted by reefmaster
hope thats enough info
To be honest not what I was looking for but a step in the right direction...
So while away on vacation someone else cared for the tank and as is quite common overfed and possibley skewed the chemistry. There may also be a the problem the lights where not on a proper time cycle.
If you had the tests done by the LFS
, I'm skeptical on the results. Most haven't a clue what's good or bad. They think moreso in terms of good enough. You should really own your own basics tests (if you don't already) for proper care of your tank. Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and an accurate means of measuring the salinity are the bare minimum.
At the very least, you will most likely have elevated nitrate readings. Anemones of any species will not tolerate higher levels at all. Without knowing the actual numbered results of your tests, I would take a pro-active approach and perform several water changes over the next 7-10 days will well aged/aerated ( a full day) SW
. Change about 15% at a time every second day. This will help repair water quality and bring your alk
back into line depending on your salt mix. Are you able to test the chemistry of the saltmix, alk
, pH and such?
As for the lighting, you can get yourself a simple light timer from HD
. This would be alot more efficient and consistant for the tank and it's inhabitants. If whomever was caring for it while you where gone did not have a consistant routine allowing for a proper 10ish hour photoperiod, the anemone could be experiencing light shock once back to a normal routine. This would greatly depend on the type/intensity of light you have now though?
The anemone is severely stressed and still somewhat a mystery as to a concrete cause but I'm guessing it is tied into the vacation scenario. If something happened serious enough to affect the health of fish and mobile inverts, it's not a wonder about the anemone. Try your best to repair the quality and also try to find out what the person who was caring for the tank did while you where away.