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Kay Kessler - 2010-07-10
I have a question. I have an established acquarium (10 years) I had 5 fish a tomato clown, a royal gamma, a firey hawk and 2 tangs. All but the tangs I have had for 4 or 5 years. I purchased a Pink Tipped Anemone about 2 weeks ago. I put it in my 55 gallon tank with the rest of my fish. Now all of my fish are dead. The only survivors are my crabs and one chocolate chip star fish. Was the presence of the anemone in the tank the reason my fish died? I had my water tested before I purchased the anemone and it was good. I am very upset over the loss of my livestock. Also, what can I get that can survive with the anemone? Thank you

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  • Matt - 2010-09-03
    The water from the lfs could've had something inside of it, or the anemone was very stressed and your chem. levels went sky high. could've been a number of things really.
  • David S - 2010-10-14
    Unless your fish were eaten by your anemone it didn't kill them so some thing else is responsible, I hope you know never to add water from your transport bag to your tank from your local pet shops as they may contain copper or other harmful elements that can have disastrous effects to a reef system. Have you had your water tested since the incident?
  • Tanner - 2011-03-02
    When pink tip anemone's die, they let off a ton of ammonia, essentially like an ammonia bomb. If you noticed your anemone stressed and starting to die, if would be smart to remove it before you have a major problem. High levels of ammonia all the sudden that killed your fish, to me, would point to the anemone.
  • darien young - 2011-09-01
    what does the ammonia look like cause i just bought a pink tipped anemone the other day and the guy said it was go to the bathroom but it still looks funny and is leaving out it looks like smoke from the tenticles
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nick - 2008-03-01
I've had mine for about 3 months, although it was owned by my co-worker for a number of years. I love it, it is my prize coral, with a maroon body and neon green tips. If you're thinking of buying this coral it's a good addition, but placement in the tank can be tough. Just try to face it up so ALL the polyps get light, not just the biggest ones. And try to place it somewhere without TOO much flow, but it does need some flow. I recommend feeding it squid once a week, a little bit to each poyup head, and maybe zooplankton once a week, but not on the same day.

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corrie - 2011-07-14
I am thinking of getting a leather coral but I am unsure as I have anamones as well and sometimes they go walk about will they kill or make each over sick if the touch???

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    corrie - 2011-07-14
    I am thinking of getting a leather coral but I am unsure as I have anamones as well and sometimes they go walk about will they kill or make each over sick if the touch???

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      Justin Dancing Hawk - 2011-08-14
      I'm about to get one of these gorgeous corals next weekend @ the Fox Valley Reef Soc. meeting here in WI! I'm very happy to know that they are reputed as easy keepers! I just read on a forum where a guy got one & it was dead in 2 days! OMG he had to have handled it too roughly, or something! My 65G reef has an incredibly stable JAUBERT PLENUM system installed & I could not be happier with it! Filtration is handled by a MARINELAND 1800 / 475GPH pump & a 35 gal trash bin with sponge rubber & Poly fill for mechanical filtration & Activated Carbon in a DIY felt bag that I force the water through by plumbing the return line into it. I have plenty of live rock in my tank & at this point, I really could not hazard a guess as to the lbs of it! I'd certainly guess it's easily OVER 100! This is one of 4 tanks I'm building & use this technique on all of them! The plenum is approx. 7" deep total w/ about 1 1/2" space in the bottom & roughly 4" of course crushed coral above an egg crate / fiberglass screen plenum. I installed another layer of screen above that & finished with BLACK arogonite! It's stunning!

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        Charlie Roche - 2011-07-27
        Hi there

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        Sheila Starke - 2011-05-06
        My leather coral looks exactly like your picture, right down to the little one underneath it. My question is should I leave the small one there, or move it to more light?

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          Sheila - 2011-05-16
          I have had an orange antler coral in my tank for 6 months and all seems well. I have a large toadstool leather, a large colony of button polyps and a yellow colony polyp. I have blue mushrooms and a pom pom xenia. I prefer softies, so should I get rid of my antler coral? It is at least 6 inches long and wide and beautiful, but I dont want to injure any of my softies. Advice please!!

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          Mrs Jackson - 2011-04-02
          Hi. Unfortuately I am upset and hoping you can help with some advice. I have a 160 gallon salt water tank with a beautiful coral tongue that is dieing. Half of it has because white, what can I do to save it? I would really appreciate your help. thank you
          Mrs Jackson

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          • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-02
            Will you give us a little more information? Water temperature, lighting, bedding, what else is in the tank?
          • Clarice Brough - 2011-04-03
            Gosh, I hope you can save it... but turning white is not a good sign. That means it is loosing its zooxanthellae, its symbiotic marine algae.

            Unfortunately they are sometimes known to die unexpectedly, for no apparent reason. But they also can go downhill if not kept properly. They must be in the sand, not on the rocks, need a gentle current flowing across them, and must be fed daily. Check all these things, and I hope you can pull it out!
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          melissa - 2010-07-22
          I have a toadstool actually two in a small tank and my bicolor blenny keeps getting into the head of the larger toadstool, is this going to kill the toadstool and how can I deter the blenny from rooting and biting the coral?

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          • Paul - 2011-02-26
            From this site, animal-world.com they say;
            This species can generally be housed with fishes, shrimp, and hermit crabs. Be careful if a clownfish decides to use a S. glaucum as a surrogate anemone. The irritation of the clown can prevent the coral from expanding. In this case removal of the clown, or screening off the coral from the fish may be needed.

            I have a brown powder tang nipping at my corals, incl my green toadstool. I hope when in the larger tank I'm building, he'll leave the corals alone. We'll see.

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