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Old 12-17-2014, 07:57 AM   #1
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Weird acting bubble tip anemone

I purchased an extra large bubble tip anemone about 6 months ago. Originally I didn't think it would make it. It continually deflated and would bite off it own tentacles and spit them out. It has stopped doing all that. And moved to the back of my tank under all my rock.

Normally you would leave it alone. But it's been back there for 3-4 months. And while moving some rock around I realized it was very clear/bleached compared to the color it was originally but otherwise looks great/better than before.

If I move him, I'm sure it's going to dart for the shade again. Should I put it in a breeder box in a dim corner and basically force it to acclimate to the light?


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Can you tell us more about the tank, specifically the lighting before we jump to such a conclusion?
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:58 AM   #3
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Tank is a 34 gallon solana with the 150w mh disco ball above it.

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Was he acclimated to the light at all? If not, that could have caused him to go into hiding.
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It was under a 150w halide when I bought him and a much shallower tank. Granted the store I bought him off of didn't have him but a few days


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Drip acclimated?
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Yep, over 2 hours. Regardless. I've had the nem for over 6 months he should be acclimated to my tank by now.


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Forgot my bulb is a 5 month old 14k phoenix


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Anemone are sensitive creatures. Sometimes something strange can send one into such a desire to move. The problem comes is that these guys don't have a brain. They only search out what feels like a good place for them...which can be in the shade and will end up starving them to death. I personally feel this comes from some wanting to lean out into the light, but who really knows.
In this situation, If you can move or flip the rock your anemone is on to try to get him some light I would do so. I suggest this as doing any prying or screwing with the foot of anemone is a trap. Damage the foot and you kill it. But besides that, there is something about that spot it likes. Getting some light to it will help it recover and flourish. This will take time though.
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No possible, he's attached to the largest rock in my tank that's at the very bottom of it all. Never fails does it? Lol I might try to get him on the move with a power head


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