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Still from a time lapse of an aiptasia doing something weird.

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not a 100% sure its aiptasia. It usually doesn't hay white tentacles like this little guy. Do you have any other anemones? If so it could be a baby or a hitch-hiker from a frag or a rock thats just doing its own little thing.

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dosnt look like aiptasia, maybe some baby nem, if you bought that in a tank with other nems, probly a baby of that

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I got it as part of a science project.  I selected it because it looked different, so maybe it IS something else. I have 2, the other is brownish with stringy tentacles, probably a real aiptasia. What does this one look like?

I think you guys are right, it certainly doesn't look like aiptasia

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Should I be worried, or is that normal behaviour?

His tentacles are thinner now

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I ran out of ammonia tests, is this a sign of ammonia poisoning?

I'm getting some tomorrow...

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Well, he reattached to a rock. So he's alive.

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He apparently only wants to attach to the wall

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you could see in the timelaps, his foot perks up a bit.

so he is probly walking

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How big is it?  To me it looks very much like the anemones the pom pom crabs carry.

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1 cm diameter when this video was taken, a little smaller now

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His tentacles are sort of limp and hanging and he's very blob shaped now. He's surrounded by filaments of something. But he's moving.

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Also, unrelated, would an algae culture have any bacteria to speed up the cycling process?

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get some rock or a sponge filter from an established aquarium to manage any ammonia.  Your bioload should be small, so it would be enough like setting up a temp QT tank.

 

Feed it a little something.  Given its color, it doesn't look photosynthetic.  I'd try spot feeding some cyclops or similar.  I'd go for frozen, but small .5mm pellets might work.  If it's shrinking the trick will be getting it to eat.

 

good luck!

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Can't figure out what those stringy things are. Did a water change. Would freshwater have beneficial bacteria?

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That level of Ammonia is deadly.  You can't cycle anything like this with live animals in it.  You will need clean saltwater (newly mixed or from an established tank) and some media that is already populated with the bacteria you need (a sponge filter currently in use, a decent sized piece live rock, or a few pounds of sand)

 

The stringy stuff in the picture is probably the anemone trying desperately to protect itself from ammonia with mucous. 

 

What else is in this tank?  That little thing wouldn't produce much ammonia, so there must be other animals or a lot of feeding...

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It was an ecosphere. I got it for a science project, and there were brine shrimp in it.

It stung all of them (?), and I guess I didn't fish all of them out. I've done a 50% water change and I'll do another tomorrow. The anemone is in a petri dish with clean saltwater.

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We didn't have a choice on when to stock it, so I didn't have a chance to cycle it. None of my friends have saltwater, but I have a small freshwater setup. It doesn't have any animals though. It's planted. 

I also live near a lake.

Could I add a bit of water from any of these sources to kickstart cycling?

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Only use saltwater for water changes.  Freshwater would dilute the salinity.

Preferably distilled or RODI would be best for topping off evaporation.

If the salinity is too low it would kill the anemone.  You probably should keep it close to natural seawater salinity.

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Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate it. 

Oh sorry

I meant I topped it off with saltwater

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I'm just saying I only have access to freshwater bacteria, and I don't know if I should add a few drops

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