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Reefer-begginer

Im not sure if this is in the right spot but please let me know if it isn't.

I have a green long tentacle anemone that seems go get bigger for a few minutes then gets shrunken to where it looks like a purple ball ( odd I know ), my question is as to when it enlarges itself, does that hurt it or is it normal for anemones to get really big ( during daylight ) and shrink to basically a ball ( night time schedule ).

Also on that note, do clownfish( tank bred occerlarus ) that host it normally prevent you from feeding the anemone krill/silversides/prawn heads?.

Pics for reference on my anemone http://imgur.com/gallery/Ic0XkJn

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Tired

That's what they do, yes. Like corals, anemones close at night. 

 

Don't feed the anemone silversides. Some people have their nems abruptly die after being given a silverside, for unknown reasons- possibly the silversides spoil. Krill and prawn pieces are good, though. Clownfish will often bring food to the anemone, but shouldn't stop you from feeding it- what are they doing? Are they stealing the food? 

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Diamonds x Pearls

Even my mini carpets shrink back a bit during night time. Mysis shrimp aren't a bad bet for anemones. Remember that anemones are also photosynthetic on top of their heterotrophic habits so directed target feeding is an additional layer of them doing what nature do.

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1 hour ago, Tired said:

That's what they do, yes. Like corals, anemones close at night. 

 

Don't feed the anemone silversides. Some people have their nems abruptly die after being given a silverside, for unknown reasons- possibly the silversides spoil. Krill and prawn pieces are good, though. Clownfish will often bring food to the anemone, but shouldn't stop you from feeding it- what are they doing? Are they stealing the food? 

My one clownfish that hosts it steals the food 

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Try giving the clownfish a big piece of food to eat, then feeding the nem quickly. Giving it a large number of small bits of food, like mysis, might also work- it may be able to get those to its mouth without the clown noticing as well.

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