Animal Stories - Magnificent Sea Anemone


Animal-World Information about: Magnificent Sea Anemone

First called the Ritteri Anemone, it is now known as the Magnificent Sea Anemone... And it sure is!
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Angelique - 2013-04-08
Hi, we bought a beautifull purple based Magnifica yesterday. The problem is that after the addition I tested the water and the Nitrate was 100ppm! The issue was that the test I had expired and it didn't give high readings at all, but now with the new test I got this high reading. All else is in order, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, ph 8.2, temp 27ÂșC, Salinity 1.026... We replaced 75 litres of our 250 litre capacity tank after getting the reading but it didn't bring down the reading. Will my Magnifica survive? What else can I do to quickly bring the Nitrate level down?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    Yeah, replacing water is one of the easiest ways to get rid of nitrate. Nitrates should be kept low in all reef settings, and water changes are one of the best ways to do it. You didn't say if the anemone was showing any signs of stress, but when you replace 50% of the water, then the amount of nitrate is reduced by half.
  • Angelique - 2013-04-11
    Hi, we've done 3 replacements of 75 liters this week and the Nitrate has dropped to 40, will be doing another change tonight. A real surprise but the Anemone is doing great! Hasn't moved and tentacles are inflated and long. Have 2 clowns hosting it and they are totally inlove! :) Going to try feeding the Anemone some Lance fish tonight...
  • Angelique - 2013-04-11
    Hi, we've done 3 replacements of 75 liters this week and the Nitrate has dropped to 40, will be doing another change tonight. A real surprise but the Anemone is doing great! Hasn't moved and tentacles are inflated and long. Have 2 clowns hosting it and they are totally inlove! :) Going to try feeding the Anemone some Lance fish tonight...
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kyle christensen - 2010-04-23
Just bought a mag. anemone and its started to dissolve, the pet store said it could be water temp but hes the most helpful. What might it be?

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Preston Searle - 2010-01-12
My ritteri will not stay full, it always looks flat and I don't know why, could anyone help me. Water is good.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-02
    These are a difficult anemone to keep and it is important that you got a healthy anemone to start with. After that, its all about providing an excellent environment and proper care. You mention your water is good, but they do need at least a 50 gallon aquarium that is well established for water stability. They also need strong lighting and regular feedings.
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Doddie Dowswell - 2011-03-08
Just bought a Ritteri Anemone and last night my husband found it on the tank filter. Don't know how long he was being sucked up......not sure if it is okay. How do I know if it is going to live? What can I do to help it? Any advice and or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Doddie

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-08
    If it is not torn up too bad, it should be okay. Give it a quiet place in the aquarium and see if it attaches itself. Some anemones will recover from some pretty bad injuries, others will not.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-16
    Thank you for your response. The ritteri anemone did survive. Within eight hours it looked 85% better. We got a guard for our filter so it won't happen again. We were lucky, now it is happy as can be in our tank.
  • David Brough - 2011-06-25
    Oh yeah! Just what the doctor likes to hear. Great news.
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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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