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conger 01-17-2009 05:31 PM

RBTA diary
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Hi all, so a couple of weeks ago I purchased a Rose Bubble Tip Anemone (RBTA) online. When he arrived, he was incredibly starved and in bad shape (not a surprise, anemones typically do not ship well from what I understand). But I think he was having a rough go of it before he was even shipped. While it was not bleached, his tentacles were incredibly short as he had been consuming himself. He even lost a few of his tentacles over the first day that I had him, most of them were shriveled, and looked "pinched" or twisted at their base. Some simply fell off.

I thought I'd start a thread to follow along this anemone in my tank, to (hopefully) watch its recovery over time, as well as give others an opportunity to share advice and experience.

Here is a photo of the anemone shortly after I acclimated him to my tank:

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conger 01-17-2009 05:37 PM

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I currently have a Coralife Lunar Aqualight (260 W total), but a 90 gallon tank so this is not enough light in the long-run. I have already ordered an Outer Orbit Metal Halide + PC light (560 W), and it will be here this Wednesday. In the meantime, I have placed him near the top of the tank, directly under the lights. I also have two Koralia 4 powerheads in the tank, so he gets good flow.

I feed him one or two small pieces of silverside every day, to try and get some nutrients back in him. In addition to having stubs for tentacles, he was not sticky at all when he arrived (not that he could reach his mouth with his short tentacles anyways). To feed him, I had to manually hold the piece of silverside against his mouth (not pressing it in, just holding it there so he could taste it and open his mouth). His mouth isn't constantly gaping, in fact it's constantly closed, which is a decent sign, but he will open it to eat.

Here is a picture of him a week later. His tentacles no longer fall off.

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conger 01-17-2009 05:40 PM

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So another week later (two weeks after receiving him), he is just starting to look a little better. He still is not sticky, but he is able to "curl" himself around food and put it in his mouth on its own. I still feed one or two pieces of silverside every day. I do have to stand guard while he eats, as the clownfish will try to nip some of the silverside and as a result will knock the piece away (he isn't sticky enough to keep a hold of it). The clownfish will try to return the chunk, but the anemone isn't good enough to grab a hold of it again unless I place it against him while he curls around it.

Here's a photo that I took of him today. His tentacles are still stubby, but are very "full", and I can see a couple of new ones starting to bud closer to his mouth.

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onefish2fish 01-17-2009 06:22 PM

looks bad, but better then picture one. just be cautious as a dead nem will "nuke" a tank. a daily piece of silverside may be overdoing it but then again i have never nursed a dying nem back to health. i know my nem is lucky to get a chunk a week if not every two weeks.

Kellsindell 01-18-2009 12:50 AM

It is starting to look better. Glad you didn't cook it when you put the new lighting over the tank. Do you see it spitting up something on occasion? I know that they only have oneway out and oneway in and it's the same way, so it'd come out the same way it went in...

The mouth doesn't look bad, so that's a good sign.

onefish2fish 01-18-2009 01:06 AM

my understanding is that he doesnt get the lights until wed.

when you do get them your prob. going to want to put screens over the tank to filter out some of the light

Kellsindell 01-18-2009 01:15 AM

Oh, i though he had already aquire the new lights. I thought i read that in his tank build. Sorry.

Kellsindell 01-18-2009 01:17 AM

BTW, GJ on keeping that maroon away. They can be ruthless to anemones, and though it doesn't hurt them when they are healthy, it does keep them from healing if they aren't.

onefish2fish 01-18-2009 01:27 AM


Originally Posted by conger (Post 164443)
I currently have a Coralife Lunar Aqualight (260 W total), but a 90 gallon tank so this is not enough light in the long-run. I have already ordered an Outer Orbit Metal Halide + PC light (560 W), and it will be here this Wednesday.

do i read this right?

conger 01-18-2009 12:07 PM

yeah, as of today I've still got the Aqualight, the upgraded unit should arrive this Wednesday. Once I get that in, I'll move the anemone lower in the tank as well.

As far as the every-day silverside being too much, I read on another page that feeding every day if they are starving is a good thing, don't force feed it, but if it takes it then go for it. In fact, I'll link it here (its not another forum, just a page of information from a lady who's hobby it is to keep RBTAs and nurse sick ones back to health):

Caring for these beautiful creatures | In living color with more pictures then you will find anywhere

And yeah, usually once a day or every other day, the anemone will open up and "poop" out the digested stuff. He'll deflate to flush out the water, and spit out some stringy stuff, then within a half-hour to and hour he looks like the pics again.

I'll take another picture next weekend, and keep updating this thread like that. I expect it to take at least a couple months if not more before I see significant improvement, these anemones' metabolism is so slow.

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