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Old 12-01-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Question New addition: Long Tentacle Anemone

I got a Long Tentacle Anemone from my LFS today at around 1pm. He seemed very happy at the store and was hosting a clown, so I bought him to put into my 30g FOWLR.

I placed his foot into a rock crevis but he slowly floated to the bottom at the end of the tank. I target fed it mysis shrimp 4 hours ago and seemed to take it.

He has yet to attach himself to anything. He is just sitting on top of the sand bed. Should I be worried?

Does any1 else have any similar experience with this anemone's acclimation? Is there anything I can do?
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Pretty normal my rbta's took about 12 hours then they went looking for a place they like
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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It will float around until it finds a spot it likes. My first Anemone liked my biggest rock on the back down inside. If you have a overflow or power heads it may get sucked into them. Anemone's need a mature (1 year) system and most need to have high lighting. Good luck!
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All I have flow wise is a hob filter. Yeah my tank has been established for 2+ years but it's only been in my care for the past 2-3 months. On LiveAquaria it says it requires moderate lighting (2-4 watts per gallon). Right now the tank has an efficient florescent tube light which has an equivalent output of 75 watts (idk what that means really).
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If your bulb is too old it may not put out what your Anemone needs. This is common with used systems. What type of light is it?
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:22 AM   #6
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I'd say the bulb is about a year old. I'm not sure what type of bulb it is other then what a described in the previous post.

Slightly annoyed with the LFS cause I specifically asked if the anemone had any special lighting or flow requirements and they said no :/ But sadly I couldn't pass up the deal (Got him for $11) so I bought him w/o fully researching it and decided to trust the LFS.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:23 PM   #7
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Update & Pictures

I returned to my LFS today to tell them my worries about the anemone (the fact that it hadn't moved nor attached it's foot anywhere ) they told me not to worry to just put him into a rock crevis w/o the filter on and give him 30 minutes to settle. I also mentioned I only had regular florescent tube light on my tank and if that was enough for the anemone, he said it would be fine.

So when I get home I picked him up from where he had fallen initially (Yellow Arrow) and placed him back where I had placed him the very 1st time (Red Arrow) this time leaving the filter off for 30 min.

After the whole process I went out for 3-4 hours and when I got home he was at the peak of my rock-scape.

I read online that LTA naturally bury/anchor their foot in the sand though I have seen pictures and YouTube videos where they are anchored in a rock crevis.


Why is he on the tipy top like that, so close to the surface, seems dangerous to me.

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Any advice would be helpful so I can better understand my anemone and keep it happy. Tyvm
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They will go wherever they like it I would say now that he isn't floating around anymore just leave him be. If you like where he is target feed him a small variety of food each day so he thinks he has a great spot. Next get a powerhead you need that flow.
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Not bad for $11, I would of taken it home myself. Hope all is well with your nem.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:32 PM   #10
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I don't know if I like where he is. Once the LTA gets big enough I would like it to host my clown, It never swims at that altitude (SO close to the surface).

I've always been confused about powerheads/circulation pumps (are they the same thing) and what the gph's mean, how much i need. Will have research and see if I can maybe find one on craigslist or something not too expensive.

Also I was thinking, right now the tank has been sitting on low end temp (70-72 F), maybe he went up that high cause it's warmer? maybe I should get a tank heater... idk.
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