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I'm thinking of getting a RBTA. My corals are all doing really well, and I'm a bit worried about the risk to my birds nest and monti caps sps's, but I really would like to try an anemone. I thought I heard they were the easiest to care for and the safest, but in reading about them, I'm not sure.

Any thoughts on keeping these? I guess I have to put a filter sock over my powerheads until it gets settled? Just not sure what to do, so I thought I'd see if anyone has some more experience they will share.

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I have kept RBTAs in all my tanks. I personally love them. I think your tank is definitely mature enough to have them thrive. They are sensitive creatures, so make sure nitrates are close to zero and alkalinity and calcium are at optimum levels.

As far as the filter sock, I would just personally move my powerheads away from the rocks so the anenome can't crawl into them. I have woke up in the morning and found anenomes in the powerheads. Usually they don't survive after that. If you do put a filter sock on the powerheads, just keep them clean. Clean them at least weekly, if not more often.

With good water quality and proper care, these animals are prone to splitting in the home aquarium. I personally had one split in my 150 four times! I kept all five, but I know people will trade the splits for frags or fish...
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I have kept RBTAs in all my tanks. I personally love them. I think your tank is definitely mature enough to have them thrive. They are sensitive creatures, so make sure nitrates are close to zero and alkalinity and calcium are at optimum levels.

As far as the filter sock, I would just personally move my powerheads away from the rocks so the anenome can't crawl into them. I have woke up in the morning and found anenomes in the powerheads. Usually they don't survive after that. If you do put a filter sock on the powerheads, just keep them clean. Clean them at least weekly, if not more often.

With good water quality and proper care, these animals are prone to splitting in the home aquarium. I personally had one split in my 150 four times! I kept all five, but I know people will trade the splits for frags or fish...
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Very cool! :-D I'm actually thinking pantyhose over the PH just until it settles. My nitrates are always/still at 0 (yay) after 6 months. ALK and calcium are good too. ALK at 9, calcium at 420. Is that good?

I guess I'll go for it. You advise, up close to top/middle on a rock, right?
 

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My nitrates are always/still at 0 (yay) after 6 months. ALK and calcium are good too. ALK at 9, calcium at 420. Is that good?
Perfect. Your Alkalinity is on the lower side of the spectrum, but not even a concern. What do you dose with?

I guess I'll go for it. You advise, up close to top/middle on a rock, right?
I was talking about the powerheads, but if you cover them you can probably leave them where they are. As far as the anenome goes, he will move around the tank until he finds a place that suits him...:)

Very cool! :-D I'm actually thinking pantyhose over the PH just until it settles.
Just be sure to keep the pantyhose clean. They will collect detritus and food, so after a few days rinse them out or replace them (unless he has settled and you just remove them completely).
 

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Perfect. Your Alkalinity is on the lower side of the spectrum, but not even a concern. What do you dose with?



I was talking about the powerheads, but if you cover them you can probably leave them where they are. As far as the anenome goes, he will move around the tank until he finds a place that suits him...:)



Just be sure to keep the pantyhose clean. They will collect detritus and food, so after a few days rinse them out or replace them (unless he has settled and you just remove them completely).
My ALK remained at 7 for about a month, despite dosing per directions with Kent product. I finally just did a water change and that fixed it, so I guess I will have to do more regular water changes, unless I can find a product that would work - any ideas? I wasn't doing water changes, because I had no nitrates, and I did dose with calcium, which keeps it in an good range. I figure to keep it at 9, I'll have to do small water changes, more often, also I used baking soda (tip I heard of) and that has worked well too. I haven't tested my AlK since Saturday, so I will now and see what I get.

Edit: Okay, it's at 8, so it is dropping fast from my WC on Saturday. I guess I will still need to dose with something. I'm going to try 2 tsp of baking soda, and add that with water slowly to tank and see what results I get. I better get this figured out before I get a RBTA. Do you recommend the level to be at 10? 12?
 

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I'll be getting my RTBA today, assuming it arrives at the LFS healthy. I've been doing a lot of reading, and have one more question. I do have a very healthy Mandarian dragonette. Is this fish at any risk with this anemone? I wouldn't want any of my fish hurt. Because he cruises around on the rocks, I'm a bit concerned for him. What do you think?
 

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I'll be getting my RTBA today, assuming it arrives at the LFS healthy. I've been doing a lot of reading, and have one more question. I do have a very healthy Mandarian dragonette. Is this fish at any risk with this anemone? I wouldn't want any of my fish hurt. Because he cruises around on the rocks, I'm a bit concerned for him. What do you think?
I had a Mandarin that lived in both my 46 and 150 with multiple anenomes and never had an issue. I think they know who to stay away from...

That being said, when you have a saltwater tank, you run the risk of the "Wild World of Nature" taking place in that tank. I know that crabs will rip snails out of their shells, some fish will eat other fish, and sometimes a fish can brush up too close to that anenome and end up seeing his demise. It is the risk of having diversity in your tank.

I personally wouldn't be worried, because I have had luck keeping both the Mandarin and multiple RBTAs in the same tank.
 

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I had a Mandarin that lived in both my 46 and 150 with multiple anenomes and never had an issue. I think they know who to stay away from...

That being said, when you have a saltwater tank, you run the risk of the "Wild World of Nature" taking place in that tank. I know that crabs will rip snails out of their shells, some fish will eat other fish, and sometimes a fish can brush up too close to that anenome and end up seeing his demise. It is the risk of having diversity in your tank.

I personally wouldn't be worried, because I have had luck keeping both the Mandarin and multiple RBTAs in the same tank.
Thanks for that reassurance :lol: Crabs kill snails? I didn't know that. Hmmm. Lots to love about fishkeeping! I'm taking the day off work, to be able to pick it up when it arrives, and watch it when I get it in the tank. Also, I decided to turn my powerheads off, especially at night, until it settles. Makes more sense than the pantyhose idea, don't you think?
 

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Thanks for that reassurance :lol: Crabs kill snails? I didn't know that. Hmmm. Lots to love about fishkeeping! I'm taking the day off work, to be able to pick it up when it arrives, and watch it when I get it in the tank. Also, I decided to turn my powerheads off, especially at night, until it settles. Makes more sense than the pantyhose idea, don't you think?
As long as there is some flow in your tank. Flow creates oxygen exchange and without it, fishies might start to choke.

Are you running a skimmer? That will oxygenate the water while you shut the powerheads off.
 

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As long as there is some flow in your tank. Flow creates oxygen exchange and without it, fishies might start to choke.

Are you running a skimmer? That will oxygenate the water while you shut the powerheads off.
I still have water flow, because I have the water being returned in the tank from the return pump. I do have a skimmer. I have a Bubble Magnus. I'll have the powerheads on while I'm keeping an eye on the tank, but I think for sure at night they are going off. I'm so worried about that part of getting this creature.
 
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I still have water flow, because I have the water being returned in the tank from the return pump. I do have a skimmer. I have a Bubble Magnus. I'll have the powerheads on while I'm keeping an eye on the tank, but I think for sure at night they are going off. I'm so worried about that part of getting this creature.
Sounds perfect. Once they sink their foot into a place and settle down, they don't really move that much (although they can move again, so keep an eye on it). Keep in mind that if you are shutting off the flow at night that he might move again in the morning when you turn it back on. It might be better to move the powerheads "out of reach" for now so he can't just crawl over to them and get stuck in them. I have unfortunately peeled an anenome out of a powerhead. Not a fun morning at all... :-(
 

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Sounds perfect. Once they sink their foot into a place and settle down, they don't really move that much (although they can move again, so keep an eye on it). Keep in mind that if you are shutting off the flow at night that he might move again in the morning when you turn it back on. It might be better to move the powerheads "out of reach" for now so he can't just crawl over to them and get stuck in them. I have unfortunately peeled an anenome out of a powerhead. Not a fun morning at all... :-(
What do you mean, out of reach? Mine aren't really that close to any rock. One of the powerheads the anemone could reach if he got on a large cabbage leather and reached 3-4 inches. I figured they'd get caught by floating around the tank. To me the only place out of reach, would be out of the water:lol:

I do understand, that of course when the powerhead is off, the anemone may continue to search for a "better" location with flow, but I read someone recommended that, so I thought I'd try it.
 

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What do you mean, out of reach? Mine aren't really that close to any rock. One of the powerheads the anemone could reach if he got on a large cabbage leather and reached 3-4 inches. I figured they'd get caught by floating around the tank. To me the only place out of reach, would be out of the water:lol:

I do understand, that of course when the powerhead is off, the anemone may continue to search for a "better" location with flow, but I read someone recommended that, so I thought I'd try it.
It won't hurt to try it.

I mean that I only had problems when the powerhead was accessible by the rock itself. I didn't have a problem with the anenome floating as much as crawling.
 

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It won't hurt to try it.

I mean that I only had problems when the powerhead was accessible by the rock itself. I didn't have a problem with the anenome floating as much as crawling.
Okay, good to know. I'll keep you posted. I will probably start a new thread, to track how it does etc.

Looking forward to it's arrival :)
 
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Disappointment:-( Didn't come in with this shipment, so I'll wait till next Tuesday. Oh well. I'll let you know when I get one, and thanks for your help. Hopefully, only one more week!
 

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He's here!! :-D I started another thread with some pictures

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