My new RBTA Journal
Picked up my first Rose bubble tip anenome today. He's in the tank. I put him in with just the blue lights of my LED on for the first hour. I was doing other things, and noticed he moved a slight bit about 2 inches downward. He appears very comfy in the wedge he's found. I turned on the white lights and spot fed him a bit. My 6 line wrasse is bugging him, and seems completely uneffected by a sting, if any the RBTA could be giving him. I see it subsiding, so I'm guessing it was possibly to get food from the anenome? I wish he'd leave him alone! Ugh. The clowns haven't even glanced at it. He had a small rock attached to his foot when I got him, and I can't tell if he left his little rock behind to move the distance he has.
Below are pictures with just the blue light, and then with both blue/white on. I have not covered my powerheads because I'm being told that the type I have (Kyordia or whatever they're called) are less dangerous than other types. I may cover them tonight, so I can sleep.
He was one of many that came from a tank here in town, that had split many times and are brought to this reef store twice a year. I ended up not getting it from Petco, as the shipment still hadn't come in and at $50 this was a pretty good deal.
Pics aren't great - from my iphone
Looks good. I think you'll be happy staying away from the petco anenomes. I've been in and seen them looking good and go in a couple days later and they're shriveled up. Congrats on your new addition.
Don't worry about the clowns. They will seriously host anything in an aquarium. And the clowns that you have host Ritteris and Carpets in the wild, but I have had Perculas that hosted an RBTA with no problem. They also hosted the Frogspawn, Hammer and even a powerhead for a while.
For warning, I have had an RBTA get sucked into a Koralia. I either happens or it doesn't, but I know that a $50 investment is not fun to find in the powerhead at 6:30 in the morning...
Well, he's back in the first location I put him in and looks great. Very full and spread out. I know I'm taking a risk with powerheads, but I just don't want the hassle of covers on them. I hear unlike some other anenomes, RBTA, like rocks and tend to stay on those when they do move.
My clowns started out hosting one of my powerheads also, and now host encrusting anthelia I have all over my overflow box. My frogspawn is huge, and I've been surprised they never hosted that :lol:
Day 2. I took the first pic, when lights were off in the tank, but a minute of sun shone on him. You can't tell in the second pic, which I just took, but he is so much bigger. Really reaching tentacles upward, actually over a monti cap I have there, which I guess I should move?? I thought he was hungry, but he didn't take any food I offered. When his tentacle moves I can see a hole, which is obviously his mouth. Is this good?? I thought their mouth shouldn't be open.
Oh, I also noticed he dropped the small rock over night he had ahold of, and seems nicely attached to this location.
I believe the anenome will sting and kill the monti if it comes in contact so yes, it should probably be moved.
All seems good. Gave him two small pieces of raw shrimp, which he took readily. Clowns still showing no interest, which is a drag. He hasn't moved, and seems happy where he is.
Update on my Rose Bubble tip. All is going well. He gets huge during the day, and actually I hope he doesn't get any bigger :shock: Took the picture below yesterday. The yellow tail damsel in the shot gives some perspective of his size. Despite dosing with Reef Fusion1 (calcium) and Reef fusion2 (Alk increase) my ALK always returns to 7 or 125.3 ppm. Since the anenome is doing well, I'm not going to mess with my Alkalinity anymore. He seems fine at this level, and coral growth is good. Nitrates remain at 0. I notice my large green emerald crab spends a great deal of time tucked just behind him, on the rock. Cute. My clowns show no interest, still.
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