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Old 02-23-2009, 10:40 PM   #51
 
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:41 PM   #52
 
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I've decided to reduce the lighting on my tank as some of you suggested. I'm going to leave my actinics on from 1:00-11:00, but my daylights (halides) will be reduced to 3:00-6:00. Every week, I'll increase it by an hour, until I get back up to the full day cycle.

The anemone looks so full and good at night, but every day, once the lights come on, it shrivels up as shown in the picture above, maybe even more some days. Hopefully acclimating him to the bright lights will help, I'll keep everyone updated as to how he's doing.

He was doing so well for the first while after I received him, and I thought that the new lights would be a good thing for him. I hate to see his health receding now with the new light, especially when he looks so good at night. Hopefully he just needs an adjustment period, and hopefully I haven't done irreversible harm by putting the new ones over him full-time until now.
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:58 PM   #53
 
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heres mine as of today

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Old 02-25-2009, 05:00 PM   #54
 
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see, I'd be thrilled if I could get mine into good health to look like that. I was initially really angry that I was sold the starving, near-death guy that I received, but I decided to instead take it as a challenge and learning experience to try and nurse it back to health.

Yours looks absolutely awesome!
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:43 AM   #55
 
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well, anemone isn't really doing any better or worse, or at least its hard to tell which it is. The anemone is now more "full", meaning it doesn't look deflated. However, the tentacles, which had previously started to make a come-back, have receded again and are very small nubs. Also, the body looks a little splotchy. Here's a couple of shots I took today with and without flash:

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I've begun to think his decline is a result of three factors: (1) the move stressed him (obviously), (2) he is placed too high and near to the MH in the new setup, and he never really got fully used to it before, and (3) the tank may be going through a mini-cycle, as a result of replacing the sandbed. I can't do anything about (1), but to address (2) I rotated the rock he is on so that he is farther to the left of the MH lamp, and I also placed a rock up above him to provide some shade for now (I've also reduced the daylight cycle to 3 hours). Here's a full tank shot so you can see his position relative to the lights and the shade rock:

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And for (3), not much I can do but ride it out (I'm doing weekly 25 gallon water changes for the first month)... the 150 lbs of live rock should help minimize the cycle, and I also kept some of the sand from my previous bed, and put it on top of the new sand to try and seed it. For the first week, I also used Prime and Stability at the recommendation of my LFS, to try and neutralize ammonia/nitrites, as well as speed up the bacteria re-establishment (used Prime on the first day, then used Stability every day for seven days).

I tested my water today, and here are the current parameters:

Temp: 80 F
sg: 1.025
pH: 8.3
Alkalinity: 12 dKH
Calcium: 420
Magnesium: 1280
Nitrates: 5


As always, any suggestions or recommendations are much appreciated! He was doing so well for a while, I hate to see this recession in his health, and really don't want to lose him! I'm really hoping he'll bounce back once again, and this new stable home for the tank will provide him the stability he'll need to make a good and long-lasting recovery.
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:39 PM   #56
 
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not much has changed, pretty much consistently, the anemone looks good (relatively speaking) in the night and morning, and by the end of the day, he's shrunken down/deflated. Every so often, he'll stay nice and full all day long. I am currently feeding two out of every three days (gotta give him some time to expel the waste!).

Here's a pic of him up close with flash, and another pic of his side of the tank, so you can see where he's positioned.

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I tested my water this weekend, and the current parameters are:

Temp: 78-80 (depending on time of day)
sg: 1.025
pH: 8.3
Nitrates: 5
Calcium: 420
Alkalinity: 12 dKH

I haven't tested the phosphates yet, though I ran Phosban for a while recently, and I also just replaced all of the pre-filters on my RO/DI unit when I moved (1 micron filter, carbon pre-filter, and mixed-bed resin DI). So I doubt phosphates are out of control. I'll test next weekend perhaps.

Anyways, I'm not happy, but he's not getting any worse either... just kinda staying as-is. I'd say all-in-all, he's better than he was right after the move, but he's still got such a long ways to go. I'll keep the thread updated, and if anyone has any ideas on what I could do better, please let me know!
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:11 PM   #57
 
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thats a nice shot in the second picture there. what kind of camera/lens are you using? just a point and shoot?

has this nem moved at all? maybe its not liking the spot its in but doesnt have enough to get up and walk? just a thought.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:25 PM   #58
 
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The camera is a Kodak M1073-IS (just reading from the casing, I hope I quoted the part # right). It's a 10.2 Megapixel digital camera, with auto-focus which I don't like. I wish I could manually focus, because sometimes it doesn't focus on the right thing, and I have to keep backing up/scooting in, and trying again. Sometime you don't have forever to take that one great shot!

The anemone has not moved an inch since I added him to the tank. When I moved, after setting up the rocks, I considered moving him lower, and didn't want to disassemble the entire structure to do so (probably would have caused more stress than good overall in the tank). I then considered removing him from that spot, but his foot is buried down in the crevice of the rock, so I can't get to it to "tickle" him into letting go. Forceably moving him would almost certainly cause him damage, and in his sickly state, most likely death. Instead, what I've done is to rotate the rock outwards, to put him farther off to the side of the MH light. I'm also doing the reduced photo period, and slowly increasing it again.

The best I can tell, is that it is the light that he doesn't like. Every night and morning, he looks very full and, aside from the nubby tentacles, healthy. But after a full day of tank lights, he deflates and doesn't look as good. Once I reduced the photoperiod it helped, but he still rarely goes a full day and looks good.

I remember just before I moved to my new apartment, I had him set lower in the tank. It took a good week or two under the new lights, but he started to look really good (again, aside from the short tentacles, which I assume will take a long time of good health to re-grow). It can even be seen earlier in this thread. But its just since the move 4 weeks ago, he hasn't recovered to that same state he was before the move. But, he's not getting any worse, his improvement just seems really really slow.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:24 AM   #59
 
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My anemone split last night! For the first time ever, it moved from it's spot, right now (it's 9:30AM where I am) one half is underneath the rock it was on before, and the other is on the side. They are still attached with a little strand, the split isn't complete yet, so I snapped a picture so I could post it.

I just performed a 25 gallon water change last night. My water parameters just before the change were:

Temp: 78-80
sg: 1.025
Nitrate: 5
pH: 8.3
Alk: 11dKH
Calcium: 420
Magnesium: 1280

Look like I'll have to give updates on two guys from here out, I'll call them anemone A and anemone B lol

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Old 03-15-2009, 10:34 AM   #60
 
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i have heard that splitting can be a last resort of survival. i guess their thought is, if theres 2 of us, it doubles our chance of living. im not sure how valid that is, but sounds logical.

regardless, thats pretty awesome! congrats.
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