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Old 03-22-2005, 11:39 AM   #1
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This is the best anomone thread I've ever read.

If entering the anemone arena, this is definitely a discussion to read. The proctor is Dr. Ron Shimek, author of Marine Invertebrates. Very enlightening.

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...hlight=anemone
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Old 03-22-2005, 01:11 PM   #2
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Hmm, interesting reading. Thanks for sharing that.
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Old 03-22-2005, 02:53 PM   #3
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Well? What do you all think of this? Will feeding this the way he recommends add to your bio-load? How much can one tank handle in terms of nutrient export? Will feeding it to that logical extreme result in unmanageable water parameters?

Do we have any people here who've been keeping them in low light and feeding them like mad? I'd hate to become a statistic but I'd also love to have an anemone...
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Phyl, I'm thinking that if the food is actually consumed and not left to become decaying debris, then that shouldn't increase the bio load since it's being "used" - correct
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While this goes against everything I've been taught/told, I have no reason to doubt the advice of Dr. Ron. My last anemone got eaten by a powerhead (my fault ) so, maybe now is the time to obtain another and see if the daily feedings actually do help. Although, mine seemed to thrive on twice a week feedings.... hmm. It's alot to think about. :|
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Phyl, I'm thinking that if the food is actually consumed and not left to become decaying debris, then that shouldn't increase the bio load since it's being "used" - correct
It's the amount of waste(poop) that anemone releases back into the water.

I've read that thread before and it is a debate over on RC. What works for me is that I don't directly feed my BTA's, they get what ever meaty substance that happens to float into their tentacles. But I love the idea that anemone can also depend on heavy feedings.
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t's the amount of waste(poop) that anemone releases back into the water.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking...
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When I first got my green carpet anemone it was fine for quite a while. Then, I overfed it. It went through a bad spell where I was sure I was going to loose it. Eventually, it "passed" a rather large one and immediately recovered.

It could be that the fish I fed it began to rot faster than it could be digested?

My conclusion is that food is important, but that too much of a good thing can be harmful.

Now, I feed smaller chunks. You can also get a feel for how hungry your anemone is based on it's reaction to food.
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Very interesting...Yes, thanks for sharing.
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wow some very interesting talk on this forum. Im new to this forum but i have been posting on coralforum for some time now.

I have a large 8-10 inch BTA. What the doc is saying makes sence to me. I have
had my anem under 200w pc and now 10k MH and it dident seem to make a diff
I feed it 4 days a week. Krill and silversides. One time I found that it spit out
two large silversides I thought at first that it just liked krill better. then I considered
the fish may have been old/bad. I purchased a new bag of silversides and it has yet to spit anouther one out.
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