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Old 06-29-2010, 04:43 AM   #1
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Unhappy idk if i killed my bubble tip anemone

i'm taking care of a couple of tanks for my brother in law who is currently deployed and for the past 4 months everything has gone surprisingly well (no casualties) last week i noticed that the rosebud bubble tip anemone is really light and almost translucent, i believe its called bleaching, however now i believe its torn in 2 is that normal for when they are splitting
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:03 AM   #2
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It's probably just splitting behaviour. If it's still bad in a few days post a picture and we'll take a look and do what we can.
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it sounds like it's very stressed. bleaching is not a good thing, and a lot of the time, splitting, is also caused by stress.
i would say it's on it's way out.
what are the water parameters? how long has he had the anemone?
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actually this morning it looks like it has already split, one of them looks full and the other looks skinny and stringy and trapped under the rock, should i move it.

he had it for 5 months before he was deployed and i know very little about the tanks, i was just the only one who had space for them.

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IME they go where they want anyway. If he is on a loose piece of rock you can try moving it, but don't pry it off.
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If your anenome is stressed it will split to help preserve the species. How about some water test results.
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My first guess would be time for a bulb change. Depending on he did. He had it for 5 months and then you for 4 months. So if the bulb wasnt changed a little before that then it would be time
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Do you have his water test kits? Find out where the nitrates are on the tank. Also, if you could tell us a little bit about what kind of lights he has on the tank. For the moment i would do a water change. Keeping your water parameters in excellent condition is the best thing you can do to help the anemone recover right now.

Have you been feeding it at all? I recommend feeding them small pieces of shrimp or silver sides every 10 -14 days. Some people feed a little more some a little less but they do need meaty foods from time to time.
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what sort of lighting is over this tank? is this anemone in a different tank than the one your brother kept it in?
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