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Old 01-29-2009, 11:21 AM   #21
 
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It looks awesome. Many say that it's really hard to get a bubble tip to have bubble tips in captivity, but yours is looking awesome. Great work!
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:21 AM   #22
 
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Wow, that's a significant improvement from when he arrived. That is one of the great things about pictures and threads like this, you can quantify the improvement. Not wonder if he's improving or if its your imagination, you can go back and actually compare photos.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:28 AM   #23
 
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Thanks guys, lets just hope the improvement continues. It's still only been a month or so that I've had him, and I've definitely heard stories of anemones doing great for a couple months or more, then all of a sudden crashing. Crossing my fingers!

My next "criteria" for seeing how my anemone heals will be if the tentacles start to grow longer. They're still pretty stubby, but definitely better than they were at first. They've filled out so they're nice and thick, but still short. I imagine the length will come much slower than the thickness did.

Also, I'd like it to get more sticky... I can put my finger in the midst of a group of tentacles, then pull it away and only a few tentacles pull on it from their tips. Does anyone have any info on how sticky a BTA should get? I had a hadonni carpet for a few months before I moved out west (gave it back to the LFS before moving), and it was super-sticky. I don't know if BTA's are naturally less sticky than other types, but so far that's the only thing I have to compare it to.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:37 AM   #24
 
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most all nems are sticky. It's really hard to get them off the rock, which is why your LFS will have them in a tank with no LR or with LR rubble.

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Old 01-29-2009, 11:57 AM   #25
 
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well, my nem is very firmly attached to the rock. Plus he's got his foot stuck down in a crevice in the rock, so I couldn't remove him even if I wanted to without damaging him since I can't reach the base where it touches the rock.

But I just mean the tentacles themselves... they aren't very sticky on this guy, just a little bit on the very tips of some of the tentacles. I remember that carpet I had, I could barely touch it, and it would curl up around my finger and would feel like tape or glue or something... it would also sting pretty bad, and I haven't felt the slightest sting from this guy yet .
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:12 PM   #26
 
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I was going to say that carpet should have stung you if you were touching it.

BTA's have a very very light sting. The only real way you'll feel it is if you stick your hand into it and hold it there for a long while, then you may feel something. I've kept BTA's over the years and have not felt anything accept for the time i was trying to make my anemone stay in one spot, but i was exposed to him for hours. That's when i learned they were stubborn .

As for sticky, they are a bit sticky. I remember pulling one off the sand with its tenticles, but that was sand. it may be because it's on the rock its' not so free to pull off.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:00 PM   #27
 
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BTA's have a very very light sting. The only real way you'll feel it is if you stick your hand into it and hold it there for a long while, then you may feel something. I've kept BTA's over the years and have not felt anything accept for the time i was trying to make my anemone stay in one spot, but i was exposed to him for hours. That's when i learned they were stubborn .
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Disclosure: I have never kept a BTA. This is 2nd hand knowledge you are about to read.

I have read threads and spoke to hobbyists who claim to have been stung by casual contact with BTA's. A rash will develop on the spot of contact. For this reason, it is suspected that the sting will effect different people in different ways, similar to a bee sting. You may not notice it at all, but the next person my consider it to be very strong.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:08 PM   #28
 
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That's true and i kinda forgot about that. Yes, some people can be allergic to the sting of a BTA or others, even to the sting a aggressive SPS gives out.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:10 PM   #29
 
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Disclosure: I have never kept a BTA. This is 2nd hand knowledge you are about to read.

I have read threads and spoke to hobbyists who claim to have been stung by casual contact with BTA's. A rash will develop on the spot of contact. For this reason, it is suspected that the sting will effect different people in different ways, similar to a bee sting. You may not notice it at all, but the next person my consider it to be very strong.

that sounds right to me. i have never touched my RBTA with my bare hand as i wear gloves so i dont know how sticky they are supposed to be either.( i would imagine since BTA are "hosting anemones" they would be slightly less sticky then say a condy nem which looks very similiar except the BTA hosts and the condy eats fish) i would agree that ALL anems have some stickness to them. speaking of stings though my BTA decided to move not to long ago and it touched an orange cap and bleach out a piece of it. the cap is still growing - just not in that spot
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:57 PM   #30
 
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Carpets are stingy too and stingy and are known to eat fish (a club member had one eat 3 yellow tangs and 2 lawnmower blenny) and they're hosting nems as well. Clowns have a mucas that keeps them immune (for the most part) to the stickyness.
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