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Old 04-20-2004, 11:58 PM   #1
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I feel so stupid

Oh man...I just picked up a Gold Stripped Maroon and a Green Bulb Anemone... They are both very beautiful but I was so stupid to have bought them. I didnt research about the anemone and now its in the tank. I got them in the morning, added them in and went off to class. In between my classes I ran a search on this forum and found that keeping an anemone is extremely tough and should only be attempted by people with tanks that have been established for quite some time. My tank has only been up for 3 weeks...if even that. They currently look very healthy but I'm afraid of what will happen in a day or two from now. I was so stupid to have listen to the LFS guy. He just wanted to make a sale. "Oh yea man, if everything checks out in your tank then you can add the anemone"
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Old 04-21-2004, 12:02 AM   #2
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Wow, only after 3 weeks. Has your tank cycled yet? I would see if you can return the anemone asap. Please post whatever tests that you have for your tank, so we can help you go from there
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Old 04-21-2004, 12:03 AM   #3
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Tank finished cycling about a week ago
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Old 04-21-2004, 01:03 AM   #4
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Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 5
PH is a bit low. 8.0
dKH = 9

Will be picking up some PH Buffer this coming Friday
Will be picking up a skimmer this coming Friday
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50 Gallon Acrylic Tank (36x15x20)
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(4) Maxi-Jet 900 (230gph) *Awaiting 2 MJ1200s*

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(1) 250W 10,000K Aqualine Aquamedic HQI Hanging Pendant
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(2) Pink Skunk Clownfishes
Goldstripped Maroon Clownfish
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Old 04-21-2004, 01:08 AM   #5
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I would also suggest taking the anemone back if possible. I wouldn't recommend adding the buffer either. A buffer will raise you alkalinity and it is already at 9dkh. Try a water change to get your pH up. The low pH may be from byproducts of the cycling of your tank. IMO A water change is always the first step to correcting any water chemistry problems. Just check the params of your freshly mixed SW to be sure it's chemistry is within limits and is balanced.
Also, what lighting do you have for your tank, most anemones require moderate to high intensity lighting. HTH
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Old 04-21-2004, 01:10 AM   #6
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I would take the anemone back to the LFS and make them give you your money back. The liklihood of it surviving in a 3 week old tank is very very slim. What kind of lighting do you have?
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Old 04-21-2004, 01:28 AM   #7
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Okay, it will go back tomorrow morning. I have 110watts of PC power. Planning on getting something in addition to it, but with the return of the anemone, I think I can do without it for now.

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What ashame...the clown LOVES the anemone
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Old 04-21-2004, 01:34 AM   #8
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It was an inpulse buy...the clown looked so happy in it, and the LFS guy talked me into it. =(

I will never trust him again!

Oh yea, what exactly happens when the anemone starts to die? I've heard that it starts to melt...is this toxin to my other livestock?
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Since it's already in your tank and is looking healthy, I would not take it back but leave it there. Your tank has better conditions for the anemone than the LFS. Moving it now that it's attached to rock won't help it and will likely damage it. You have a lot of LR and moderate lighting. Feed the anemone. Don;t increase the bioload for a while. Keep checking ammonia and nitrate. With enough LR your nitrate should stay at zero. You tank looks good, just let things be for a while.
By the way, your clown is awesome! Hope they both survive.
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Old 04-21-2004, 10:33 AM   #10
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Don't beat yourself up too bad over this, we have all made impulse buys that have turned out to be poor decisions but we live and learn. I'm sooo gald I found this site and all the helpful friendly people here. And to think I used to actually trust the people that worked at LFS's 8O
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