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meverha1
08/14/2017, 06:49 PM
Picked up a Green Corkscrew Anemone (M. Doreensis, I think) two days ago and I'm not sure how healthy it is.

I've tried burying it's foot in the sand a couple of times but each time it has decided to move to different areas of my tank. It's currently wedged between two rocks and doesn't seem to have it's foot buried.

Also, if you look closely at the picture below you can see that it's mouth is somewhat gaping. I did feed it a bit of shrimp yesterday and it accepted the food.

I have three other anemones in my tank - all small bubble tips that seem to be doing fine. The oldest of the three has been with me for 6 months and has doubled in size.

Tank info:

110 Gallon w/ 40 gallon sump
1.026 salinity with weekly 20 gallon water changes
Phosphate - 0 via salifert test kit
Nitrate - 10 via Red Sea test kit.

I dose alk/calk and run biopellets.

As you can see in the picture I'm dealing with a bit of a GHA issue which I'm trying to get under control with wet skimming and weekly water changes.

So, any thoughts on the anemone? Should I be worried about the gaping mouth and the fact that it hasn't decided to attach anyplace yet?

What can I do to help it out?

http://i.imgur.com/OjiYIER.jpg?1

Lance M.
08/14/2017, 07:46 PM
Give it a week or two to settle in. If the mouth is still gaping after a couple days, it might be an issue.

Very hard to tell from the picture but it appears very bleached.

What kind of sand do you have? small particle (preferred) or coarse/medium grain?

What lighting do you have and how deep is a 110?

meverha1
08/14/2017, 08:31 PM
Give it a week or two to settle in. If the mouth is still gaping after a couple days, it might be an issue.

Very hard to tell from the picture but it appears very bleached.

What kind of sand do you have? small particle (preferred) or coarse/medium grain?

What lighting do you have and how deep is a 110?

I don't think it's bleached. It's a light green with dark purple highlights but it's difficult to get a picture of under my lighting.

Mixture of about 75% fine sand with the rest being coarse/medium.

The 110 gallon is pretty tall but I've got 2 Radion Gen 4 Pros so plenty of light. I've set them on their acclimation program (building up from 60 % of my normal intensity over 3 weeks) to help the Anemone get used to the tank.

davocean
08/15/2017, 08:41 PM
Really helps to see under less blue/more normal light so we can actually see color

meverha1
08/16/2017, 04:43 PM
A bit of an update...

The anemone still won't attach and/or stay buried. It doesn't seem to be moving around much but the foot is still fully exposed.

The anemone also inflates/deflates like a normal, healthy anemone would and no sign of "gape" mouth.

So, any further suggestions to get this thing to bury its foot?

Lance M.
08/16/2017, 06:37 PM
A bit of an update...

The anemone still won't attach and/or stay buried. It doesn't seem to be moving around much but the foot is still fully exposed.

The anemone also inflates/deflates like a normal, healthy anemone would and no sign of "gape" mouth.

So, any further suggestions to get this thing to bury its foot?

People have had success using pvc pipes for lta's to attach. It may not like the substrate.

I have seen them climb rocks if it is not getting enough light.

meverha1
08/16/2017, 08:24 PM
It's definitely not climbing.

I may try the PVC trick but right now I made a ring out of a plastic cup to try to keep it upright and in one place. I'll see if maybe that will encourage it to attach.

olemiss reb
08/17/2017, 11:10 AM
I'd runs some Rox or Purigen to rule out any potential allelopathy from the BTAs.

meverha1
08/17/2017, 11:54 AM
I'd runs some Rox or Purigen to rule out any potential allelopathy from the BTAs.

Already taken care of.