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Old 10/12/2017, 05:35 PM   #1
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Anemone doesn't care for mysis?

I have a 1.5 week old rainbow btw. It recently stopped moving around and stays perched out of a cave even at night. I've tried feeding it PE Mysis daily, turning off the pump and droping 3 - 4 whole mysis right onto it. The anemone kind of reacts to it, sometimes holds on, but usually doesn't do anything with them.

I give up and 15 minutes later I turn the pumps on and ALL the mysis floats away.

Is this normal?



This is a photo of it a few days ago. Since then it has fully come out.


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Old 10/12/2017, 06:03 PM   #2
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Perhaps try shrimp from the grocery store if its not accepting mysis? You could cut them up small into sizes it could handle.


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Old 10/12/2017, 06:16 PM   #3
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My RBTA will take mysis if I feed it, but I also rarely make any effort to feed it. Do you have fish? Do you feed your fish/"tank"? If so, you and your anemone could likely be completely fine.


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Old 10/12/2017, 06:20 PM   #4
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That rock looks spankingly brand new


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Old 10/12/2017, 06:20 PM   #5
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My RBTA will take mysis if I feed it, but I also rarely make any effort to feed it. Do you have fish? Do you feed your fish/"tank"? If so, you and your anemone could likely be completely fine.
Nothing else other than one small Geometric Pygmy hawkfish. Plenty of light, just weird it won't hold onto anything.


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Old 10/12/2017, 06:23 PM   #6
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That rock looks spankingly brand new
Thanks! I always hear this undertone of "you're doing it wrong." when people say that. But I take it as a compliment.

To satiate those pointing out maturity of the tank: I can dose 2ppm of ammonia and have it drop to 0 ammonia/0 nitrite in less than 10 hours.

Plenty of algae on the rocks, but no nuisance algae. I have a huge algae reactor running in a reverse photo period. Also NoPo4-x as well. It is a ULNS for now, though at this point my nitrates are 25ppm and phosphates creeping up to 10ppb, which is why everything looks new.

Also, I haven't added much in terms of livestock, or anything that could've easily brought in any kind of hitchhikers.

My goal is to try to keep out coralline algae (and of course any other nuisances). Snail shell scrubbing, removing frag plugs before adding corals after a solid QT time, etc. I know it's unavoidable, but I've been doing my best.

Back to the anemone eating!


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Try raw pawn, or silverback


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Just took more photos a few minutes ago. I guess in this photo you can see more dark brown spots of algae. The glass has a film of brown algae that builds up every day. I just waste a lot of time during the day cleaning it and sifting the sand around.






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Try raw pawn, or silverback
Thanks! Time to head to the grocery store =) Not sure if he'll eat a gorilla, but a silverside might do...


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It wonít let me edit my own post, so for the shrimp, I cut them small but also squeezed using my fingers so itís easier for it to take in and digest


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Try a more mature tank


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Old 10/12/2017, 06:57 PM   #12
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It wonít let me edit my own post, so for the shrimp, I cut them small but also squeezed using my fingers so itís easier for it to take in and digest
Good tip! Thanks


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seriously, thank you.


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Old 10/12/2017, 09:27 PM   #14
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The anemone looks pretty healthy to me to be honest, the tentacles have good shape and aren't flaccid or stretched out too much. Honestly I never feed anemones, I think it's s common misconception that anemones need to be fed regularly. My friends and I who own multiple anemones have stopped feeding ours entirely and they seem to be very happy. I tried heavily feeding my anemones before and their health actually started to decline. IMO a healthy and happy anemone can survive on light alone in a mature tank.

But Just curious, how old is your tank? People raise the point that your rock is white because even a well aged and mature tank will add some color to brand new rock. Not that you can't have success in a newer tank, but it can explain why critters aren't successful.


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The anemone looks pretty healthy to me to be honest, the tentacles have good shape and aren't flaccid or stretched out too much. Honestly I never feed anemones, I think it's s common misconception that anemones need to be fed regularly. My friends and I who own multiple anemones have stopped feeding ours entirely and they seem to be very happy. I tried heavily feeding my anemones before and their health actually started to decline. IMO a healthy and happy anemone can survive on light alone in a mature tank.

But Just curious, how old is your tank? People raise the point that your rock is white because even a well aged and mature tank will add some color to brand new rock. Not that you can't have success in a newer tank, but it can explain why critters aren't successful.
That's good to know. My last RBTA I never fed either, but I figured I would ask.

I understand why people talk about newer tanks, I do that too sometimes! Clean tanks usually lead to questionable starts, like if you can feed the tank like crazy and have enough bacteria built up to handle it, if your parameters are stable enough, if you have enough pods and such to pickup any detritus and help break things down (or feed animals that aren't directly eating).

I chose to go slow, and keep nutrients low from the start. using dead/dry rock and sand, and dosing ammonium chloride to thoroughly cycle and test my tank's abilities, it really has left my tank looking really clean. If you look closely, there are pods running around, brown algae film everywhere. I have had nassarius, trochus, and cerith snails in the tank for awhile (none have died, though I only have 4, 10, and 10 of each, so not too many, but enough to keep some junk at bay). Also running a gigantic chaeto reactor that is probably outcompeting most algae at the moment.

I think I'm too careful to a fault. Photography is huge for me, so I hope to try to keep it as clean and photogenic as possible. I guess it looks unnatural? =P


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