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Stichodactyla haddoni; losing to other Actinarians
I spoke with you at the SWFMAS meeting in Ft. Myers. One of my customers has a
green Haddon's carpet anemone which had been doing very well (growing from about
6 inches to about 16-18). It is in a 220 gallon, long established tank with good
water parameters and a combo of three 250 watt MH, and four 96 watt PC's.
During the past two months it has shrunk to about 8 inches and does not consume
food, even though the tentacles are still quite sticky.
<Mmm; "something/s" changed... a deficiency, a pest...>
It has two adult Clarkii clownfish hosted in it. Could they be so
aggressive that it does not expand?
<Yes; is a possibility... could remove and see if this helps>
I could send pics if it would help. There are three other species of
anemones in the tank (one RBTA, two rock anemones, and two beaded anemones)
>Oh! Much more likely they're "winning" here at the Stichodactylas loss>
and all are doing excellent.
<A good clue>
There are also a fair number of fish, but weekly water changes of 60-90 gallons
keep the nitrates in check). I do not believe the anemone had been dyed. Any
suggestions would be most appreciated. Thank you.
<I'd move the Haddon's and have you and your customer read here:
and the linked files... till you have a grasp of what is likely going on here
allelopathically. Bob Fenner>
Fw: Stichodactyla haddoni
Sorry, the PAR readings are at 75 where the anemone is located.
<Better at 100 or so. I'd "move it on up" in a system where this was higher.
Problem with Carpet Anemone
I've been searching through your articles and FAQ's and still
have a question about a problem we're having with our carpet
anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea).
When fully open (or at least his typical state) he is about 15"
across, has blue foot and green tentacles (not relevant though I
guess). Has been in the tank for about 4-5 months, once he found a the
spot he liked after about 2 weeks, camped out and stayed put. The tank
is 180g and has been running for 8 months though all rock was aged (a
lot of growth, coraline algae, etc).
A few weeks back, we had an issue in the 75g tank where we had to treat
<A scam product>
(whole other story) and though the claim is that it doesn't affect
corals, we found that it definitely did. Ended up moving all of the
corals and Monti caps into the big tank so we wouldn't lose them
but got a little crowded.
About the same time, the anemone was not opening up to his normal size
though still eating normally and not other symptoms. Just recently
he's has started moving around and has shrunk up quite a bit. This
afternoon we had seen where he had fallen off the rock
he moved to and was upside down on the substrate. His mouth looks
somewhat distended (large) compared to his small size (4"
<Very bad signs>
Righted him and we'll see his condition this evening. One of the
Monti's we put in the tank was shading him and from what I have
been reading, these guys like their light. I would expect him to move
but would you expect him to shrink up?
<... something else at play here>
Could this just be a matter of lighting or is something else going on.
In most of the postings, I read where someone has just brought one home
and mostly likely a victim of harvesting techniques.
<This and inappropriate environment>
We've had this anemone for quite a
while and he was thriving with the previous owner (did not get from LFS
but from individual).
The basic parameters in the tank are:
pH = 8.3
NH3/4 = 0
NO2 = trace (slightly off from zero reading)
NO3 = 20 ppm
PO4 = .25-.5
SG = 1.024
However, even with the PO4 being high (using a reactor to try and
reduce) and higher on the nitrates, none of these have changed - have
been pretty much stable.
We have, in the last two days, removed the Monti that was shading him.
I was going to try and move him back to his original perch that he had
seemed to like so much.
Any thoughts or insight other than giving him more access to light
change? Any additional info that would helpful?
<I would move the Montipora, any other Cnidarians elsewhere, likely
spiff up my skimmer, employ appropriate chemical filtrants to discount
Thanks for you help and appreciate all the info on your site!
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>
|Sick Carpet Anemone, S. Haddoni -- 3/14/07
Hello to the crew of WWM. <Hello, Brenda here> As many before
me have praised, I thank you for the invaluable information and
service you provide to this community. <You're welcome>
90 gallon tank, compact lights (2-60w, 10,000k + 260w actinic=
total 520w), <I'm not sure how you came up with 520 watts
total. Power Compact lighting is not enough for this
anemone. I suggest Metal Halide lighting.> water
tested within parameters; nitrates=10ppm, <Nitrates need to be
zero.> <<No>> ammonia and nitrites=0, ph=8.2-8.4. Yellow tang, powder
brown, scopas, mandarin goby, damsels, and cleaner pack. My husband
and I have recently bought a carpet anemone from our LFS with whom
we are very familiar with and have come to trust. We had watched it
in the store for the last 3 weeks to confirm health before we
decided to purchase him. We brought him home and for the first two
days did wonderfully. He would blossom first thing in
the morning before the lights came on and shrink back a little
throughout the day. Almost immediately our maroon clown
hosted him and they seemed to be doing well...until the maroon
clown disappeared. We have been having this maroon clown
over a year and he always came out for feedings and social
play. We have concluded from reading your articles and
gut feelings that the anemone ate our clown. Now comes
the problem. When we first bought him, he was super
sticky, now he isn't at all. In the first picture
you can see that his mouth started opening very wide. This was
about 7am, right after we deducted he ate the clown. By
3pm he started having huge fleshy bubbles exude from his mouth (pic
2), though his footing looked fine and was still firmly grasping
his rock. By 7pm a white opaque bulb came out of his
mouth, which quickly started to cloud our tank. Our
yellow and powder brown tangs and well as the damsels picked at the
substance. We could only conclude that this was the
regurgitation of the clown. During this time my husband tested the
water again, which showed an ammonia spike of 0.2. <Yikes!>
By 9pm my husband put him in a bag to transport him into a hospital
tank and he has started to turn inside out (pic 3). We
have read many of your articles where many of the anemones have
recovered from this. We can only imagine that he is sick
from eating the clown, which was too much for his
system. <Not likely. Is this a new
setup? I don't see any coralline algae on the
rocks.> Can you give any advice? <Return it to the
LFS. I suggest trying a large Entacmaea quadricolor for
your maroon, if your system is well established (6 months to a
year) and you have researched their care. The E.
quadricolor should be 3 times larger than the maroon, as maroons
can be aggressive towards the anemone.> <Brenda>
<<Too late. RMF>>
gigantea anemone is limp... so is English, information,
reading... 12/4/06 i <I> have recently about 2
weeks ago bought a gigantea anemone, it was doing really well in my
200ltr tank, i noticed yesterday it didn't open, and today on
further inspection i found a what looks like a rotted section on the
edge of the tentacle area, it is also very limp, with little or no
reaction to touch, its mouth appears to be inside out, and my male
clown has started to pick at it. <...> i recently had a
pufferfish and a decorator crab die for what seems like no apparent
reason, <....> i cant <can't> find the puffer fish in
the tank and was wondering could this be a cause for my Anenome being
ill? or given the symptoms, is there anything you could suggest could
be the cause and what can i do to help get it back on the mend. please
help!!! <... Puffers and anemones are incompatible... you provide no
useful information re your system, water quality, tests... and
obviously haven't read what is posted re Stichodactyla in
captivity: Read: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/carpetanemones.htm and the links
above... and please, correct your English before sending... Bob
Carpet Anemone with crab problems - 12/9/03 oh yeah, your
reply on the carpet.... no nibbling from the
crabs. I had a large crab, and it took a huge chunk out of
it, as well as swallowed a feather duster one lonely night. <Hmmm.
What kind of crab??> As you might think, the large crab is no longer
with me......<understood if you are sure the crab was a the likely
suspect> Since then (about 4 weeks), the carpet anemone
has stared growing it's tentacles back. <Fantastic! ~Paul> GR