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d_spoiler 02-25-2008 05:00 AM

how to feed a anemone?
right now im just depending on the calcium and etc. that is fluid type put in the aquarium 1 drop per aquarium. is this okay and if ever what is the other food of an anemone and how can i place it to the mouth of it.. btw my anemone is a bubble tip anemone not a carpet..[/u]

bettababy 02-25-2008 01:41 PM

A bubble anemone will eat frozen formula food if you break it up and drop it over the top of the anemone. The anemone should be able to grab the food and feed itself. Calcium will not feed your anemone. A bubble also needs proper lighting... what kind of lighting do you have over the tank? How big is the tank?

d_spoiler 02-25-2008 07:23 PM

ok what do u mean by frozen food? from the freezer is that what you sorry cuz kinda new in salt water. what kind of frozen food? how will i do it? can i feed the anemone nutra mix thats what i feed from my fish..

d_spoiler 02-25-2008 07:28 PM

the lightning of mine is 8 watts then i put a desklamp which is fluorecent also about 12 watt of it all in all 20 watts.. got a nano tank given to me.. btw can i use fluorecent cuz the one that is in the nano tank its 16watts actually but the other fluorecent was not working anymore so i decide to use a desklamp that is fluorecent also.. and the color of it is normal white...

bettababy 02-25-2008 09:26 PM

What I mean by frozen food is exaclty that... food that is frozen and then thawed out in a cup of tank water and then fed to the fish. (Formula 1 food is found at most LFS's, but is frozen) I am not familiar with Nutri Mix, is this a flake food? I did a search for it online, but nothing came up that pertained to fish food. Anemones can't live on a flake food diet anymore than they can survive on a calcium suppliment.

You made mention that you were dosing the aquarium with a drop of liquid calcium each day... have you tested your calcium levels? Too much calcium is as bad as not enough, and its extremely important to test for it before dosing any tank, and then testing regularly to make sure it is within safe ranges.

Without knowing the size of your tank I can't tell you how much lighting you will need. You mentioned a nano tank... how many gallons is it? Bubble tip anemones grow very large (about 16 inches in diameter and about 14 inches tall) and not something I would suggest for a tank of less than 55 - 75 gallons at least.

Desktop lighting may work ok if using the fixture, but the bulb that comes with something like that is not going to have the proper spectrum of light for an anemone. If the bulb has pins on the end, long tube... try a CoralLife 50/50 bulb, if it's a screw in fixture, try a power compact bulb.

The more info you can provide us the faster and easier we can help you.

d_spoiler 02-25-2008 09:38 PM

what frozen food should give my anemone? meat? fish? etc? and how do i give it? when i get in the freezer should i wash it on distilled water first or from the freezer to the aquarium. should i dice it and just place put in the aquarium or should i place it on his mouth or the middle portion of the anemone.?

bettababy 02-26-2008 02:05 PM


Originally Posted by d_spoiler
what frozen food should give my anemone?

As I stated earlier, Formula 1 frozen cubes (thawed completely in a cup of tank water for at least 15 - 20 minutes) is the best food. I have yet in over 10 yrs to see any bubble anemone that didn't thrive on this alone. Other food possibilities are krill, other small frozen and raw shrimp, and any other frozen and raw meaty foods.

and how do i give it?
Simply break up the food and drop it directly over the anemone. The anemone will catch it and feed itself, and will usually curl up for a while during the process of digestion. Most anemones will open again within 24 - 48 hrs.


when i get in the freezer should i wash it on distilled water first or from the freezer to the aquarium.
When it comes from the freezer it should be placed in a cup of tank water and let to sit for 15 - 20 minutes, or until completely thawed all the way through. If the food is still frozen in the center when it is fed to the animal, it will cause shock which will kill quickly. An anemone can't handle the severe temp differences.

This member is no longer with us, but I felt it was important to finish this thread with answers to the last questions. This is such a common question, I hope it helps others.

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