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post #71 of 80 Old 03-30-2009, 12:53 AM
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I'll make you a deal kells, if these guys make a good recovery over the next few months, and you are still interested, I'll send you one for free. That's a big "IF" as far as their recovery unfortunately . I think if I were to ship one now or soon, it's perish for sure. I'll do everything I can to nurse them back to health though!
Wow! that'd be awesome Mr. I promise i'll take real good care of it!

I agree with you completely though. I really hope you're able to bring them around. I'd hate for you to lose any of them. It was doing so well too. Any update on their well being as well as their health?

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post #72 of 80 Old 03-31-2009, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, so the guys are starting to re-emerge... still staying under shade and on the underside of rocks, but they've come out of the depths of my rock structure. I've attached four shots below, one a full tank shot with the location of each anemone circled in red, then a close-up of each one.

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then working from left to right:

the original guy (he looks the worst, to be honest... but they're all still healing from the split)
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clone #1
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clone #2
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and now the bad news... clone #2 (who strangely enough looked the best of the three) let go of his rock at some point while I was work, and I guess after blowing around the water column, got stuck up against the grill of one of my Koralia #4s. I got him off, but he felt very hard and I removed him from the tank

though some good news, my deep sand bed appears to have finally kicked into gear, as my nitrate reading is a definite zero, falling from around a 5 that I had kept it at with frequent water changes.

Once the two remaining anemones come out a little more and open up their "faces" I'll toss them some more silversides. I'll keep you all updated!

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post #73 of 80 Old 04-01-2009, 01:25 AM
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The next time something like that happens (hopefully there isn't a next time, but just incase) you need to turn the pump off and let the anemone extract itself from the pump. This will cause nominal damage and you can normally salvage it... unless it gets minced of course.

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post #74 of 80 Old 04-11-2009, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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hey all, been a while since I updated. The two remaining anemones are doing pretty well actually, the clone definitely is, and the original anemone is also hanging in there. They're both low in the tank, on the underside of rocks, but sticking themselves out a little bit. Just today, I finally gave each a small piece of silverside, and they both quickly responded to the food touching their tentacles, and wrapped up around it and devoured it.

The clone is actually really sticky, which is great (the original anemone I had was never sticky in the tentacles)... a curious nassarius snail tried to go and rob the anemone clone before he had consumed the piece of fish, and the snail just about got eaten himself! He was almost all the way out of his shell trying to pull away from the anemone .

Here's a picture of the clone, the "main" anemone isn't in a good place for me to get a decent shot. Hopefully they'll both come out into the open soon!

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post #75 of 80 Old 04-17-2009, 12:16 AM
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That's awesome! Congrats. The other Nem is def dead then?

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post #76 of 80 Old 04-28-2009, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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still not much new. The smaller anemone (clone) looks the best of the two, but they are both still tucked away out of the light and where I can't feed them. I can sometimes get a piece of silverside to the smaller one (pictured below). The original anemone doesn't look good at all, but he just stays tucked way back inside the rockwork, doesn't want to come out. I';m worried that he'll starve, with no light and no food, but I can't force him to move... he's chosing to be where he is for whatever reason. Hopefully they'll come back out sometime soon!

Nitrates are steady at zero now, and my calcium, alk, and magnesium stay locked around the following numbers:

Cal - 440
Alk - 11
Mag - 1300

I've got no idea what more I can do for these guys

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post #77 of 80 Old 04-29-2009, 09:31 AM
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They are both looking decent. I'd say... just leave it be. If it really has an issue then it'll move of its own accord. If you really want to get it to move, increase the amount of flow that it's getting. They don't enjoy a lot of flow, but enough to move it's polyps and to get it to wave, but too much will tick it off and it'll move. that's a trick to keep them from crossing islands.

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post #78 of 80 Old 05-14-2009, 09:29 PM
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wow what a process.. best of luck
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post #79 of 80 Old 05-16-2009, 09:52 PM
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here was my colonly of rbta...it started off as one and ended up with 15!! in 2 years


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