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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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Charlie Roche - 2011-07-27
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Anonymous - 2011-02-17
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chris - 2011-01-20
An established tank of one year is not necessary, nor is a 100 gal. tank. Mine is only a 50 gal and around 4 months old. Both my BTA and LTA are perfectly comfortable, however do remember that LTA's are carnivores, and may potentially capture and eat other livestock (fish mostly.)

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Ely - 2010-10-04
Please HELP!

One plastic part of one tank that I take care fell in the base of a Ritteri anemone and when I tried to take it out I touch the base of the Anemone by mistake. I didn't pull or anything else but it started to shrink. Is it in danger?... Is it going to die?... Please HELP!

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-10-05
    It should be fine. Anemone's often recoil like that when touched as a defense mechanism. It should bounce back up soon enough.
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prasad c tudu - 2010-02-26
The long tentacles anemones are very attractive to see and very friendly in the aquarium.

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  • Kathy Lavallee - 2010-08-16
    They are very attractive; but wandering is an issue. I had this wandering issue. After several weeks of wandering, I came up with a plan...and it worked! I took a 2 inch piece of PVC and cut it (3 1/2 inches long). I placed it in the aquarium laying down and gently created current with my hand to back the anemone foot into the pipe. I waited an hour and the anemone planted his foot into the pipe. After several hours I tunneled a hole in the substrate down to the glass. I stood the pipe up and planted it in the hole. I then built the substrate around the PVC so it is not visible. It has been a few weeks. The anemone is now eating, fully open and best of all planted!
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