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Old 12/30/2017, 06:06 PM   #1
bucsmike
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Anemone completely deflated...dying?

Hi! I just got an anemone 2 days ago and once it found a spot it liked it has been fully inflated for a day or so. Suddenly a little while ago I put some mysis shrimp near him and he seemed to grab them but then after a little bit he fully deflated as shown in the pic. Is this normal deflation/expelling waste or is something wrong? Most forums said deflating was normal unless the mouth turns inside out which it doesn't seem like it has but I'm just worried because I read they can kill everything in a tank very quickly when they die. Any help greatly appreciated!

Parameters all good even had fish store test as well before i got him.

Salinity: 1.025
0 nitrate/nitrite/ammonia/phosphate
8.0 pH

Tank running 1 year


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Old 12/30/2017, 06:10 PM   #2
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Based on the picture, It looks ok. Probably eating reaction.

It is attached to the rock. Though, the mouth is slightly open, it is usually fine.


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Old 12/30/2017, 06:51 PM   #3
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Ok so update. The mouth seems to be opening quite a bit now. I assume this isn't just normal behavior anymore. At what point do I need to get him out of there so it doesn't pollute my tank?


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Old 12/31/2017, 07:37 AM   #4
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Judging by the siphonoglyphs, oral plate, let alone the red outer basal wall, it appears to be a long tentacle. Any better pictures?
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Ok so update. The mouth seems to be opening quite a bit now. I assume this isn't just normal behavior anymore. At what point do I need to get him out of there so it doesn't pollute my tank?



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Old 12/31/2017, 07:39 AM   #5
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on second thought, maybe not. I do see waste in the second picture though.


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Old 12/31/2017, 10:48 AM   #6
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As long as the flesh isnt melting, it lmight recover.


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Old 01/02/2018, 10:42 AM   #7
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That anemone looks to be in really BAD shape. Absent treatment it'll be a pile of goo within a few days. I cannot tell what kind it is for certain, but if it's a magnifica they are very tricky to acclimate and are prone to bacterial infections. Gaping mouth and deflation are reliable symptoms of such an infection. If you don't treat it with antibiotics it's almost certainly a gonner.


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