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bilbob 07-24-2009 05:46 PM

My anemone loosing color,shrunken,looks bad!
Hi everyone, this is my first post. I just joined today but have been a fish lover for years. I am becoming more and more concerned as each day passes for my anemone. im not entirely sure what type it is but its a short tube carpet of some sort. I've had it in my tank for about 4 months. I has a mated pair of percula's that it hosts. the reason for my concern is it seems to be getting very dull looking in color like it's fading away. It hasn't opened fully in over a week(stays 1/2 open at best). It had always been perched on the same spot on my tank on live rock and stood up tall and opened up during the day. lately it doesn't stand up but is floped over with the head of the anemone pointing to the floor of the aquarium, and the foot is slowly moving lower and lower down the live rock. I had been feeding it once a week and was feeding it raw prawns. i have stoped feeding since it has looked i'll and am looking for some advice. anything would be appreciated. also should mention something i have observed... the female clown is being quite rough with the anemone, looks like on occasion it grabs the anemone and thrashes it back and forth a few she's mad at it. i believe this behavior is related to the anemone's health because the clown has only been doing it since the anemone has looked i'll

My tank specifics are: salinity-1.024 , temp - 78deg nitrate/nitrite 0ppm, PH 8.4, ammonia- lessthan .25ppm. lighting: 1-75W powerglow CFL, 1-75W atlantic blue. Approx 5W/Galon
I have 2 perculas, 1 damsel, 1 yellow wrasse, 2 skunk cleaners, 1 peppermint, 8-10 small hemits, 15-18 turbo/certh snails.

Thanks again!

aquakid 07-24-2009 07:41 PM

remove it to a different tank if u have one. it can spell disaster for a tank in just hours after dying.

bilbob 07-24-2009 08:33 PM

im not concerned that it will die suddnely. i am concerned that it has expelled all of it zooxanthellae. i have heard it happens from time to time and they will die a slow death. any way to treat such a case?

Pasfur 07-25-2009 07:34 AM

onefish2fish 07-25-2009 09:27 AM

what test are you using that allows you to read an ammonia reading that gives you less then .25 ?

you should stop feeding the raw prawn. just to make sure we are on the same page, raw prawn is raw shrimp, correct? nems have trouble digesting these and can cause issues. your better off turning off powerheads for a short time and giving it a squirt of mysis shrimp or a small chunk of chopped silverside.
compact flouresents also prob arnt enough light for this as it prob. should have metal halides or t5s at the minimum.
exactly how long has tihs tank been set up? what are your alk, ca and mag levels? nems REQUIRE a reef enviroment for survival.
please feel free to ask any questions you may have, welcome to the forum.

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