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Old 08-19-2011, 05:50 PM   #1
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Is my anemone dying?

I purchased this anemone at my LFS a day ago and it seems to be shriveling up. I only have some live rock and a clown fish in my tank. It is a jbj 12 gallon tank with a 50 watt heater. My LFS said that I was able to add to the tank after a week because he sold me some water out of a tank he had and some that he had made. Please help!
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:54 PM   #2
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It's probably just adjusting. Also, no offense, but you got ripped off by your lfs. Tank water is not good for anything, and doesn't mean you can sustain an anemone after a week. Your tanks needs to be fully established as far as biological filtration is involved.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:55 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums, wish it were under better circumstances.

Your lfs basically lied to you. You can't just add things to an uncycled tank, especially a nem. What lighting do you have, is it compact flourescnet or a metal halide? cause the stock light isnt enough for a nem either.

My recommendation is to return the nem and cycle your tank. THEN you can add a few fish slowly. Nems need pristine, established tanks and extreme lighting.

sorry to be the bearer of bad news :-(
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What kind of lighting does that system have. Also anenomes need a mature tank of at least a yr old. Anything newer will have parameter swings that anenomes can not handle.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:59 PM   #5
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Thanks. It kind of seemed that way but I am just getting started and I pretty much believed everything he said. Also, when I purchased the anemone it was not attached to a rock and it still isn't. He said to acclimate it and let it do it's thing. Any tips on what to do?
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:04 PM   #6
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My tank is stock except for the heater. Here are the specs
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Return it immediately. That tank can most definitely not sustain it, especially when it hasn't even been cycled.
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Ok, return the anemone. Got it! What should I do next so that my tank will be ready to add more fish and coral?
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The first thing you need to do is set it up( live rock, sand, etc) and then do a fish less cycle. I'm sure someone will post a link to the thread lol. It's basically adding a source of ammonia, to get the appropriate bacteria to begin to live there and convert it to nitrite, and then to nitrate.
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I have the live rock and live sand in the tank already! I have had it for about a week! It has about 5 pounds of live rock and 12 pounds of live sand! I also have a clown fish in the tank already.
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