Completely UNOFFICIAL Tips & Tricks to Anemones!
So after reading alot of posts regarding Bubbletips and other such anemones, I decided to do a light reading thread with some advice for reefers on properly maintaining these beautiful yet pesky creatures in our reefs.
I, myself, have had my fair share of issues, such as introducing my first GBTA (Green Bubbletip Anemone) into my tank with just a few corals in the tank to let it get established so then I could continue adding corals. Well, that was a mistake as I woke up in the morning to find this anemone entirely footed on top of my Frogspawn entraping its branches, yet luckily the Frog just stayed closed and wasnt affected until I rescued them both!
One huge thing I have never encountered a problem with is ALGAE or POOR water quality. I have always been lucky to be able to maintain ideal parameters, CONSISTANTLY, for a variety of reef inhabitants. I am no expert at keeping ALL marine animals but by asking questions on NANO-REEF and listening to advice of fellow reefers, I found mself in ideal conditions to experiment without negative reaction!
Most people will tell you lights are a huge part in keeping an anemone happy, how I cannot argue this
point, it is more a MERITAGE of LIGHTS, WATER QUALITY, & FOOD SOURCE. My experience with anemones goes the whole circle with: Purchase without knowledge, buying a completely bleached animal near it's end, to the opposite: Hosted by two Clownfish & full of growth and color(still going).
If your anemone seems to be finicky and moving constantly, try introducing food to it, letting it know it wil be comfortable where it will remain.
I have had amazing luck with flow passing directly onto my anemone and therefore plenty of nutrients & food passing through its area of the tank.
Lights are your anemone's friend, my bleached anemone (pics later for proof) was clear ghostlike white upon introduction and was held under power compacts as I awaited the arrival of my much desired Aqua Illumination. Upon the installation of the new lighting system, the anemone reacted almost instantly; Bleached and without protection, it nearly doubled in size in roughly hours of soaking in the new power of the LEDs.
I had mentioned previously above how the anemone was able to quickly adapt to new, more powerful lighting, this wouldnt have been possible without maintaining ideal parameters for its habitat. At the time, I kept close watch on my TEMPURATURE, pH, SALINITY, CALCIUM, ALKALINITY, MAGNESIUM, & NITRATES.
Althought you would think calcium, alk, and magnesium do not impact certain animals directly, these three components are a vital trio in the IDEAL water quality check list for creating a unanimously harmonious environment that will explode with life whether there are fish only or frags a million!
Give your anemone plenty of space to grow and expand. My experience went from having it roam its tentacles in a corner under a huge Bird's Nest colony, to next thing you know, it nearly wrapped itself entirely over the rock holding both! The Bird's Nest is gone and has been fragged since then.
If your anemone will not stop moving, allow it to roam. It is moving for a reason, until it finds a place it likes... Whether it is to find better flow, get away from lighting, it will find a spot, and then spot feed it and see if it stays!
For food, I chose KRILL but others have used silvercides, and other forms, I recommend starting small (length wise).
If you are considering adding an anemone to your reef and are not sure if you are able to keep one healthy, consider these few tips...
My trick was to keep a consistant level of my water parameters and while the lighting was there, I fed my bleached anemone from every other few days, to once a week for several month to keep it happy.... In the following photos(including dates), you will see proof that one can enjoy these beautiful creatures which have a mind of there own!
Anemone 6-16-11 - Bleached by SFL_Tron, on Flickr
Anemone 7-17-11 - Healthier by SFL_Tron, on Flickr
Next one was on 10-2-11
2 Clowns by SFL_Tron, on Flickr
Clowns & Anemone by SFL_Tron, on Flickr
In short, with proper care and informed knowledge, anyone should be able to keep these animals and even bring them back from Davie Jones' Locker
I hope you enjoyed this light reading I have prepared and please, never hesitate to shoot any questions my way via PM as I am always around NR!
Edited by SouthFlorida_Tron, 14 November 2011 - 08:25 PM.