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Doing what it takes to keep Anemones healthy long-term

by Robert (Bob) Fenner

BTA hitchhiker ID / Cleaner shrimp beh. questions   4/25/10
Hello again crew!
Just wanted to thank you again for all your help and pick your brains a bit more. I purchased a piece of live rock a the other night and noticed today that there was a tiny Anemone floating around.
The Anemone is only about the size of a nickle, so I caught it and placed it in a net breeder so that my fish / hermit crabs don't decide to eat it for lunch.
It is flopped over right now but from what I can see it looks like a rose bubble tip anemone.
<I can't really make this out>
Unfortunately I cannot tell if the foot is damaged or not. I've attached a few pictures but I'm not sure
if you'll be able to make anything out of them. Will it be able to restore its foot if I can manage to
"bring it back"?
<Only time can/will tell>
I know it is still alive because it moves its tentacles in and out every so often.
Hopefully it will soon right it self, sit up straight and open up
In regards to feeding it, I've made a 50/50 blend of raw shrimp and squid.
I cleaned the shells off the shrimp and took all the die / bony structures out of the squid and passed it through a food processor.
It now looks like sea food mush. Do you think that this is too small?
<No, likely is fine. You should be able to see/discern if this animal is reacting to, grabbing such food>
My second question is about my cleaner shrimp. It doesn't seem to want to clean anymore... My emperor and
cream angel practically beg it to clean them but the shrimp won't go anywhere near the angels anymore.
Is this normal?
<Does happen... In most cases due to their being so much, otherwise available food/s>
I feed the fish just about every day, I skip a day or two every so often.
Is the shrimp maybe eating so much fish food that it doesn't need to clean in order to survive?
<This is probable>
Tank Setup / Parameters:
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate somewhere between 0 and 5 ppm (test kit doesn't show between 0 and 5)
about 80 lbs live rock
2 inches crushed coral substrate
Water temp 82
Salt reading on meter is 1.024 - 1.025
Lighting T5 HO and blue actinic (T5s are on between noon and 21:00 and the blue are on for 2 hours before and
1 Emperor angel
1 Cream angel
1 Red Sea wrasse
1 Lawn mower Blenny
2 Ocellaris clowns
1 long spine urchin
1 cleaner shrimp
3 large hermit crabs
1 tiny anemone
Sorry about such a long email, and again for all your help!
<Welcome. BobF>

Sand Anemone Spawning: <RMF Help Please?> 4/18/10
Hi LynnZ,
Hi Crew ,
<Hello Claire, it's good to hear from you!>
Hope everybody is well there.
<Doing very well, thank you. I hope you're enjoying fine health as well.>
I have a question about this sand anemone staying with me for two months now.
<Neat, but I have to warn you, anemones are definitely not my forte so it looks like we'll be learning together!>
Is there a chance that she releases eggs too
<If it's a female yes, otherwise it'll be sperm if it's a male.><<Mmm, depending on the species may be dioecious or monoecious... "one house"... both male and female. RMF>>
(I think she can release both of them - not at the same time - if she is hermaphrodite) or do I have to look for another sand anemone to form a couple?
<Apparently they have separate sexes, so there would have to be both male and female present in order to procreate successfully.>
Could you please tell me the ID of this beautiful creature (I saw a lot of pictures, but I'm still hesitating on the name).
<I wish I could because it is indeed a beautiful creature. Unfortunately, I looked around but wasn't able to find an ID (Bob, any ideas?).><<Unfortunately, no... I'd refer Claire to Daphne Fautin's Hexacorallian site for more help: http://hercules.kgs.ku.edu/hexacoral/anemone2/index.cfm
I attached a picture of the spawning.
<Love it, thanks!>
I saw her slowly raising on her feet and then she began. It was beautiful. I closed skimmer and filter for a short time with the futile hope she'll release eggs. She stopped spawning then after 30 minutes approximately she began again for a shorter period of time and she burrowed slowly again in sand. The whole episode lasted for approximately one hour.
<Great observations, Claire.>
Thanks for answering, and for your patience.
<You're most welcome, but unfortunately, this is a situation more likely to try your patience! What I could find regarding the reproduction of tropical sand anemones (genus Phymanthus) was limited but can be summed up as follows: they have separate sexes but externally appear the same, some broadcast spawn (females release eggs and males release sperm) while other species' females (like Phymanthus crucifer) are viviparous (bear live young/no eggs) and may brood them for a bit, and finally, tropical species are more likely to reproduce more often than temperate species. I wish I could offer more, but that's the sum total.>
Take care and have a wonderful weekend.
<Thanks, you too!>
<Take care, Lynn Z>

Anemone ID please?  4/14/10
Hi Crew,
(See attached pictures)
I received this anemone from a supplier last night, inconveniently marked as "unknown anemone". Now I'm not in the business of selling anything without knowing what it is, so I've been trying to figure out what it is. It really just doesn't seem like anything I've seen before, or any images I have found. The orange base makes me think possibly a /H. malu/?
<I agree>
I think it looks slightly like a /Condylactis sp./ but as far as I'm aware we don't get them down here. Pretty much all the info I can give you is that it was collected in Australian waters, somewhere off the coast of Queensland.
Thanks heaps for your help,
<Is a beauty whatever it is. Bob Fenner>

Anemone ID  4/8/10
I need help identifying some anemones. I have been wanting to get an anemone for a while now but have not yet decided on which type I want. Well I found a few that I like but after heavy researching I am either lost with
confusion, because it could be any type of anemone, or all the information I have researched does not have any information on these types of anemone.
So I was wondering if you guys could help me id these anemone.
<First, I just don't have the time to watch all those videos as we generally identify with a pic sent by the querior. Your number "1" identifies itself as a Heteractis malu. Most anemones are short lived/difficult to maintain as "heavy researching" would have suggested, so I ask you read here and related articles/FAQ's before purchasing, to ensure you have the system capabilities, and the knowledge needed to maintain one.
The Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) would be your/my best choice for any long term success. Look here.
1. http://purelycaptivecorals.com/Heteractis%20Malu.html
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIhfYq_GyfE
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKP53sB0itI
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tToIa3SXqZU
5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf2T6muic1o
<James (Salty Dog)> 

Re Anemone ID 4/7/10 4/8/10
Ok first off im <I'm> not stupid and for you to talk to me like I am comes across as ignorant on ur <your> part and second it's pretty obvious what the first anemone is as it states it on the website however if you read my statement you wouldve <would have> realized that I was also looking for information about the anemone and more specifically I was looking for more information on that pink white/yellow tipped anemone. Third these videos each were really not that long if you really can't take a couple minutes to watch a couple videos than maybe you should address that on your website where everybody can see it.
<I did not imply that you were stupid. You did ask to identify the five items mentioned, didn't you? You didn't state you knew what the first one was. Secondly, we are not a 9 to 5 operation. We volunteer our time on a daily basis and most of us limit our time to one or two hours per day at most. If we spend too much time with one query, then it doesn't leave much time to answer others. Do realize that we get many queries daily.>
Im <I'm> thankful that you took the opportunity to read my email however I am very displeased with the way you handled your technique in replying to my message and can assure you that I will not be coming back to your website. As well you don't know me so you don't know if I have years of experience with anemone or if I've researched the many different types of anemone thoroughly and to ASSume that I have little experience and so rudely suggest that I should just go with a Bubbletip would be very discouraging and that's why most beginners are let down when they first start because there's nobody to encourage them that they could eventually work their way up to doing certain things in an aquarium such as raising a malu anemone.
<Did not state experience level, but to have enough knowledge about what you want to keep. I mentioned this because you did not state your experience level. And, suggesting a Bubble Tip was not rude, it was suggested because it is a specie that is one of the easier ones to maintain, although none are easy, it is the least difficult to keep.
Please read this article and you will get a better understanding of what I'm talking about.
But anyways next time you write back to somebody hopefully you learned that more customer service
<A customer is generally someone who buys a product or service. We sell nothing here.>
and less laziness will benefit you in the ling <long> run.
<I do not benefit from volunteering my time other than having the satisfaction that I may have helped someone. Hopefully after reading this, you will understand, but after seeing your sign off below, it is unlikely.
James (Salty Dog)>
Alrato nigga
Reply to a querior 4/8/10
Can you take a look at my reply to a nasty querior? It's in the draft folder. Just wanted to be sure I wasn't too rude before I send this off.
<I think it's fine as is. B>

Anemone ID - 4/1/10
Hi Wet Web,
I was wondering if you could ID this anemone for me? I've looked though the ID section but cannot find it. I've found this anemone in the local fish store and its only being called a sand anemone. It looks a bit like a Condy
but with very elaborate curls in each tentacle. The base is brown and the tentacles go from vibrant pint to white, I've never seen anything quite like it. Any ideas? and is this of the more difficult variety to care for or about the same as a Condy.
kind regards
<I think this is a Macrodactyla doreensis... and a gorgeous specimen!
Please read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/macrodoreensis.htm
and the linked files above re this species husbandry. Bob Fenner>

ID of a nem?  3/31/10
Hi, I have this nem & no one on the forums I belong to has correctly identified it. Was wondering if any of you guys could. It came as a hitchhiker about the size of a dime 7 months ago. Now it is as big around as a baseball almost fully cover that whole piece. Thanks for your help.
Would you please send along a larger image... maybe 300 dpi, 500kbytes or so?
ID of a nem?  3/31/10
Hi, I have this nem & no one on the forums I belong to has correctly identified it. Was wondering if any of you guys could. It came as a hitchhiker about the size of a dime 7 months ago. Now it is as big around as a baseball
almost fully cover that whole piece. Thanks for your help.
<This looks to be a Zoanthid... not an Actinarian/Anemone... Please read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/zoanthid.htm
Unusual that it's so large though. Bob Fenner>
Re: ID of a nem?  3/31/10
ok I am camera illiterate, so I attached a photo bucket link. maybe that will help. I'm sure its a nem, not a Zoa. I feed it 2 jumbo Mysis every other day. Its a pig, oh and has a mouth.
<... this is a pic that includes a colony of an Octocoral... is it the polyp in the upper left you're interested in?>
Hope this helps! Thanks
<... Please see where you were referred to... this macroscopically is a Zoanthid. BobF>

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