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tube nem; splitting beh.        10/16/15
<Mmm; Kyly; please run your message through a spelling and grammar checker. Fix it and resend w/ your image. B>
lori messaged you about me. here is my story.
ive had this guy since mid summer, and he hadnt moved since i put him in
the tank. last week, he ditched the tube, and his crown was poking out
the back of the rockwork. he ate, and appeared happy, so i left him, to
rebuild his tube. last night, i fed, and there was one.
weve been packing to move, so ive been crazy busy here, and not staring
at the tank like i usually do, and today when i did a water change,
edited tube nem email       10/16/15

<.... now twelve Megs....>
I've had this anemone since mid-summer, and he hasn't moved since i put him in the tank. Last week, he ditched his tube,
<Cerianthus.... do this>
and his crown was poking out the back of the rock work. He ate and appeared happy, so I left him to rebuild his tube. Last night, I fed him, and there was only one.
We've been packing to move, so I've been crazy busy here, not staring at the tank like I usually do, and today when I did a water change, I noticed that my heater had quit working, and my temperature was at 69°. I replaced the heater, and this evening, just before the lights went out, I saw that there were two crowns!!
<This is also not uncommon amongst Tube Anemones>
Out of curiosity, I got a little bit of food ready, and spot fed. Both crowns grabbed food, and ate. So do you think this guy really split?
<Yes; apparently so>
Or is there a possibility of a tube build gone wrong? That thought popped into my head also. Maybe he has a thin piece across the end, and is poking out both openings? I've read that these anemones splitting isn't a common thing.
<It isn't uncommon. You can put some small sections of PVC pipe... of a 1.25, 1.5" diameter down to speed and secure the position of these animals if you'd like>
Side note: I saw you talk a few weeks back in Indiana. It was an awesome experience!
<Ahh! Cheers, Bob Fenner>

Motile inverts... Polychaetes, tube anemones... beh.  11/28/07 Hi Bob, <Nancy> I've posed this question to Anthony Calfo and he suggested that I contact you as well. <Okay> What, if anything, can you tell me about the motility of medusa/spaghetti worms (i.e., Loimia medusa and Eupolymnia crassicornis) and tube dwelling anemones (Arachnanthus nocturnus)? <I have observed the former to be marginally capable of movement, the latter (Actinarian) not at all> Are they actually motile? I've only found sketchy info on the Web that suggests that spaghetti worms may be motile and Anthony mentioned (which I've also seen), that the worms will move if they need to for life support, etc. There's a need to determine whether or not they are typically motile in order to include or exclude them in a benthic survey. <Mmm, I spent some time as an undergrad. sorting and identifying (mainly Sedentariate Polychaetes) for such assays... for USD Marine Studies Labs and Wendell Gayman's Sea Science Services...> I'm leaning towards inclusion since they are capable of moving, but thought that you may enlighten us a bit more on the subject matter. <I too would include these... they move little to not at all> Thank you in advance for your help. Kind regards, Nancy
<Welcome, Bob Fenner>

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