05-18-2008, 03:22 PM
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I would strongly suggest you get water test kits (API makes a good master kit, but it doesn't include calcium, so that will need to be purchased seperatly). Please use either electronic meters or liquid kits, not test strips which are known to be extremely inaccurate. Having someone tell you that your water is "fine" means absolutely nothing. Quite often the people in lfs's don't know enough about the environment or the needs of the specific animals to be predicting something like that. There is an acceptable range for things like ammonia and nitrate, but without knowing how all of the tests balance against each other, there is no way to be sure. Water quality fluctuates constantly... so what may show up in your readings will differ from day to day.
It is likely that sand particles and rock particles are what you are seeing attached to the foot. For that I wouldn't be concerned.
I want to warn ahead of time, 10 gallons is not a suitable place to keep a bubble anemone for very long. Bubble anemones average 14 - 16 inches in diameter full grown, and they put out a fair amount of waste. Add in the 2 fish that are in the tank, and there is going to be no way to keep water quality stable in a 10 gallon tank, even if doing daily water changes. This is a good time to get yourself a larger tank, and with that anemone, I would suggest at least 75 gallons or more.
As for feeding the anemone, it may not acceot shrimp or shrimp pellets. They can be quite fussy about accepting food. Good food options are forumula 1 frozen food, frozen krill, frozen mysis shrimp, raw fish, and other meaty foods. My best luck has always been with the frozen forumla 1 and krill... I haven't found a bubble anemone yet that didn't accept the formula food.
If you need more help, let us know.