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Samantha Feliciano - 2014-10-15
Hello, I have purchased my violet Magnificent Anemone on October 4th of this year. It has been a little over a week and my one clown fish is maddly in love with it along with two anemone crabs leaving my second clown fish depressed looking. My problem is not the Anemone it is when purchasing the anemone I was forced to buy the peice of rock it was attached to ( I am guessing this is where the Dino came from, considering I did not have this problem ever before). Within 3 days the tank went from crystal clear to being covered in a brown snotty substance (which today I finally figured that it is Dinoflagellates, I was mistaking it for bubbly algae). I did some research and they say that using the 'Blackout Method' (letting the lights out for 72 hours) is best. My concern is, will this kill my anemone from depriving it from light for that long? Are there other ways that I can get rid of this Dinoflagellates? 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    Well, you could certainly try reducing the amount of light for a period of time.  Apparently it does work to eliminate dino with 3 days of no light, but it puts a lot of toxins in the tank and the oxygen levels get very low, so a protein skimmer and possibly air pumps will be needed, as well as large water changes. Really can't say what will happen in advance. Watch the anemone closely to see if it starts to decline. If it does seem to be struggling you would then need to correct again, and make its needs the priority. You may want to move it to another aquarium during the lights out process.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-21
    Personally I'd be very careful with H2O2. I don't know much about it, but from what I've read there are reports of it killing snails and shrimp; also fish, especially any that known to be particularly sensitive. Also if it flows through your filters biomedia, it can kill nitrifying bacteria, which can cause major problems. I would definitely research it heavily before attempting it, and even then I would be very cautious.
  • Samantha - 2014-10-21
    Thank you for your reply. I attempted to reduce the lighting in the tank and it seemed to upset the Anemone. I think that I will be proceeding with the black out method, but I will be moving my Magnificent to another tank first along with the hosting crabs and Clown fish. I already have a protein skimmer but I will attempt to find an air pump. What do you think about also using the H2O2 method along with the blackout method? Then do a very big water change at the end of the blackout to reduce the H2O2, Ammonia, nitrate and phosphate levels?
Claire Louise Wright - 2014-09-11
Hi I bought a H.magnifica yesterday and last night and this morning it was fine clowns went straight to it, but this afternoon it went all flat and limp , my nitrates were a lil up but lfs said it wouldn't affect my tank contents, just don't know what to do, he looks very sad worried of losing it as paid a lot, is there any ideas of what could be wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-14
    This anemone can be rather touchy. Some aquarists suggest you only get one if you are going to provide a tank dedicated to it, especially because it will eat fish. They need plenty of room, good lighting, and good water movement, and the water needs to be lateral but alternernating in flow. If the water movement is not to their liking, it can be a reason they flatten and become flacid. It is also said that one of the biggest reason they die is from not being fed.
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Daz - 2014-07-06
I live in Tassie. Got one in a 60 ltr tank. Mine's bright Fluro red/orange., that's about it lol=)

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Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-18
I'm wondering if I can get a snowflake eel with my two tomato clowns, bubble tip, and African red starfish? Will it irritate them if I get the snowflake?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    The eel won't eat the anemones, but it will eat the starfish. Initially compatiblity will not be a problem with the fish as they occupy different areas, with the clowns in the anemone and the eel hiding in the rockwork. Over time however, the eel can grow up to about 40' and protein is its diet, so eventually the clownfish may become a snack if they are small enough to fit in the eels mouth.
  • Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-21
    I don't think so, the eel is not bothering anything and it only gets to 24 inches. Also the clowns are too big, I think it's going to be fine.
  • Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-24
    Also snowflake eels don't typically get more than 12 inches in a 55 gal and it's very rare for it to happen but thanks for the info anyways.
Justin Dancing Hawk - 2011-09-12
I just got a lovely and HUGE Green Bubble tipped anemone with reddish tips on its tentacles. It's gorgeous and is hosting a small Maroon Clownfish that's absolutely adorable! I've been calling him "Little Red" and come to think of it, that sort of Honors Mr. Red Skelton and that is surely something I am highly pleased to do! He filled my childhood with many hours of delight while my family faithfully watched his show every week without fail! I've been naming my Clownfish after famous clowns. My Tomato Clownfish is named "Emmitt" ( I wasn't sure of the spelling ! LOL! ) after the wonderful Emmitt Kelly. My new Anemone is at least 5 inches. I couldn't tell at first just how big it was because it is in a fake rock that I'm currently trying hard to evict it from so I can return it to the store, since it is a very undesired feature! You can imagine my delight when I discovered I'd just gotten a smoking deal ( $20 bucks !! ) on this huge anemone!! GOD I love Petco!! LOL!

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  • Anonymous - 2012-04-24
    Can a bubble tip anemone(green) fit into a 14G?
  • Thomas Herrick - 2012-10-17
    I wouldn't trust Petco with purchases on live creatures. Since they don't receive DIRECT shipments, the percentage of receiving a creature with certain ailments (I bought a beautiful Coral Beauty Angelfish, only to see the small white dots, that were invariably Marine Ick, on it,) SKYROCKETS. By the time I treated the water, and did hyposalinity treatments, half of my fish were wiped out. As far as anemones go, I haven't had particular issues with any (Condylactis, Green Bubble Tip, Rosebud, and Sebae anemones.) HOWEVER, keep in mind that parasites can often latch on to anemones (even though they provide no nutrition,) until they find themselves being put into your tank. Remain cautious, and try your best to refrain from purchasing live aquaria from CHAIN stores. Other than that, hope your system is doing well.
  • Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-18
    I have two tomato clowns, a bubble tip, and an African red starfish. The clowns had ick and then the ick disappeared and I got them from Petco. I trust them a lot.
  • Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-22
    Though I trust my Pedro in r Eau Claire WI I wouldn't trust shipping though. I would just go to the store make it easy.
Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-22
Ok I have 55 gal tank with an African star, a snowflake eel, and two tomato clowns. Sadly my anemone died for some reason but I'm wondering if I could get a Niger trigger fish? If not what fish can go with them? I've heard tomato clowns are not nice to other fish but they didn't do CRAP when I had Daniels..... PLEASE HELP ME HERE.

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Carlos - 2014-01-31
Beautiful coral! but be aware that it is very aggressive and not only with other corals. I had mine for several months without a problem. One of my clown fish started hosting it. The bubble coral decided that fishes are not friends but food. One morning my little clown fish was half way inside the mouth of the bubble coral. Needless to say I got rid of the coral since I did not want any more fish ending up as the bubble coral's meal.

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rob krausse - 2014-01-26
I think I killed mine!!!
Got mine the other day. Took awhile to open and close; feed it yesterday but today it is inside out. Looks like it is shedding with a lot of mucous; anybody ever have this happen?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-26
    Yes, I have had them turn inside out. It's usually either because it was very stressed when you got it, or the tank conditions were not to it's liking. Check with your supplier, they may get you a replacement.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-26
    Yes, I have had them turn inside out. It's usually either because it was very stressed when you got it, or the tank conditions were not to it's liking. Check with your supplier, they may get you a replacement.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-26
    Yes, I have had them turn inside out. It's usually either because it was very stressed when you got it, or the tank conditions were not to it's liking. Check with your supplier, they may get you a replacement.
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satrajit - 2011-05-07
It's difficult to keep in a tank.
Strong light.
Need strong water flow.
It requires ideal calcium, magnesium, strontium for live and requires accurate water testing equipment. mainly white band disease can attack stag horn coral. Always take precaution to prevent disease,
only a expat can keep this type coral in the tank.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    Thank you for the information. Doesn't sound like an easy thing to do. Any suggestions?
  • - 2014-01-12
    I have a different experience, not so difficult to keep and in my tank I have this very coral shown in their picture under 4 54 watt T5 and it grows an 1” a month. Lot’s of flow is needed
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Anonymous - 2012-04-24
Hey can a condy anemone fit in a 14G?

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  • James - 2012-04-28
    Short answer...NO!!!
    They give off waste like having four fish.
    And they get huge.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-28
    They really need a much bigger tank to be happy.
  • Spook - 2014-01-04
    Mine is in a 6 gallon and doing great BUT it is connected to a BIG algae scrubber. (It was very 'naughty' in the big tank ~ so gave it's own tank).

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