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by Robert (Bob) Fenner

Long tentacle anemone        6/30/15
Good morning, super fast question, I bought a 10 inch emerald green long tentacle anemone on Sunday, he found is spot within an hour and dug in with his foot, he is completely opened up and beautiful, he took some jumbo mysis this morning no problem, my question is his mouth is slightly open say 3/8 of an inch with his large center tentacles crossed over his mouth, is this normal?
<Not unusual; normal>
He is not deflated, bleached, closed up or anything. He actually looks better in my tank than he did at my LFS... Just wondering this is my first long tentacle.
<And can be difficult animals to keep. Often damaged in collection>
Every site I read on people are talking about gaping and inversion but his mouth is not even close to looking like any of the pics I've found online.
Thank again
Ps I attached 2 pics
<Thank you for sharing. I encourage you to read (all) we have archived on WWM re this species.
Bob Fenner>

Anenome...? <sic>        3/8/15
Hi bob
Jan Latker told me to email you with pictures of my long tentacle nem to see if you have any idea as to what it going on.
<Looks like this specimen has either been mis- or overfed. See WWM re this species of Anemone...
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/macrodoreensis.htm Bob Fenner>
The center portion as you can see is a large bubble. When I feed the tank it grabs food, it's foot is latched onto the bottom glass. All parameters are where they need to be. Both Jan and I are stumped hoping maybe you have an idea
Thank you for your time

LTA Anemone Growth on base of foot      12/22/14
Hello Everyone At WWM,
<Hey Anthony>
Happy Holidays! I hope this email finds everyone well. I am relatively new to LTA's and have had this purple one for about three weeks now. He wont root,
<I see the reason why... the tear on its basal disc>
and upon further inspection I found this growth
<Mmm; not a growth; actual tissue/mesentery leaking/poking through the torn body wall>
on the bottom of his foot (see attached picture please). In the photo there are a couple of pieces of sand, but the main growth almost looks like an egg sack of sorts. Can you please let me know what this is?
<As above>
I have searched everywhere in the land of Google, and cannot find anything on it. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Also, any tips on how to get this sucker to planted would be awesome too!
All the best,
<Mmm... if it's not too late, I'd return this animal (too much chance it will perish from this injury)... if not... possibly triple iodide-ate dosing every three days, feeding with a vitamin et al. prep. applied to the water (e.g. SeaChem's Vitality), small feedings of meaty foods otherwise soaked in the same... and hoping... These tears are VERY common, easily done in the extraction from the wild. See WWM re LTAs period. Bob Fenner>

Re: LTA Anemone Growth on base of foot       12/22/14
Mr. Fenner,
<Mr. Racioppi>
Thank you so much for the quick reply. It is much appreciated and you guys are a such a great resource. Due to my ignorance, and let it be known that I tried to find out on your site before asking this, what is " triple iodide-ate dosing"?
<What hobbyists, lay folk typically call/label "Iodine">
And while I am at it, in my other 29 gallon tank <Hard to keep (alive) large Actinarian species in such small volumes... too
I have this LTA for about a month, and today he was acting weird and how is shriveled up. Should I remove him from the tank or is this a normal thing for these guys to do (I have attached two pics of him. He was buried and rooted just fine until
<... not really normal. Again; the reading>
I really wish I knew about this site before I purchased these guys, as it is an awesome source of information. Thank you all for taking the time to put together such a great site.
<Certainly welcome. It is for future friends as yourself that it is designed>
Again I appreciate all of your knowledge and time,
<Cheers, BobF>

Injured anemone       3/2/13
Last night one of my live rocks shifted and landed on my green long tentacle anemone. I quickly moved the rock once I realized it had happened.
This morning I noticed that the anemone appears to have a tear on its column. Is there any way it can survive this, or is it doomed for death?
<Yes; if it was healthy prior, the water quality is good, stable...>
 Is there anything I can do to help it? Thanks!
<I'd overdose by double a dose of iodide-ate supplement (to the water). See WWM re. Bob Fenner>

Long tentacle anemone problem - 3/10/12
hi crew
<Hello there>
Srinivas here from India.
I have a long tentacle anemone ( or corkscrew as commonly known as) in my 220 gallon FOWLR.
It is hosting a ocellaris clown and has been with me for over an year A few days ago, the gut started coming out. Its now looks like an air bag that the cars have now-a-days as a accident safety device.
Two big bubbles emerging out right form the middle ( where the mouth is located)
<Mmm, are you missing any livestock?>

It was under T5s and PLLs. I thought that the lighting may be an issue and hence placed it under metal halide lighting.
It is feeding regularly and is showing great improvement in looks and health. But the gut still remains out and its now nearly a month.
Am worried why this is and the actual problem?
<Mmm, if so, not much you can do... may have swallowed a shell (as in a snail or a hermit crab>
How do I make it better?
<Perhaps increasing your iodide-ate supplementation>
Is it some sign that I am failing to recognise? what can be the consequences?
Please help
Srinivas Manian
<And you, Bob Fenner>
Re: Long tentacle anemone problem
- 3/11/12
No live stock missing ( except a dotty back a couple of months back).
The clown usually drives every other fish away.
<Ah yes>
All snails and hermit crabs intact.
One thing I missed out earlier, I read it normally nests on the sand floor.
Mine is right up on the rocks.
<Mmm. I might place this anemone in an (inert... glass, plastic) tray of sand... See WWM re their Systems>

Some articles also suggested that when this happens, its going to die. Is this any indication?
<Hopefully not>
Currently with improved lights, regular water changes have seen it better than when bought ( except for those guts still hanging out).
<Lights, lighting not so important>
How do I increase the iodide-ate supplementation.
<... Use the search tool (on every page) on WWM>
All I have been feeding it are dried Artemia, dried shrimp, and very very small pieces of fresh water fish, prawns we bring for ourselves occasionally.
<And feeding FAQs for: http://wetwebmedia.com/ltafdgfaqs.htm
and the linked files above>
thanks and regards
Srinivas Manian
<Keep reading. BobF>

Sick Anemone   1/25/12
Hello Crew,
<Elena... you've about crashed our email server... with your 16 Megs in pix...>
My Dad has a 20 gallon tank with a clown fish and anemone. He is out of town and is the one who takes care of the tank regularly. I know very little about salt water tanks, and know I should include water properties and other helpful water levels, but I actually don't know how to measure anything.
<Don't do anything w/ this tank or animal... Wait till your Dad comes back... this anemone looks "okay", as in not quite about to die>
However, from what I read on various sites it seems like our anemone is stressed and on its way to death. Is there anything I can do? I am attaching pictures of what it looked like this morning. My dad wont be back for a month and the anemone has already been acting weird for about a week, and I read that it takes them about 2 weeks to die.
<Can happen much more quickly>
 I am including a rough timeline of the anemone's changes. First the anemone was a pinkish-purple-ish color and then it started developing a brown tint, making it look a little dirty (8 months ago). Then it started taking longer
to inflate its tentacles than before, but would eventually have totally inflated tentacles (5 months ago). Then it wouldn't totally inflate its tentacles through out the day (3 months ago) and after that some tentacles would be shriveled and others looked smaller, kind of cut off, and those would be semi inflated (With in the last week). I don't know what to do, or what could be wrong... Any ideas?
<Read here:
and the many linked files above... But do NOTHING w/o writing us first... w/ much smaller image files. Bob Fenner>


LTA Health, HELP!! 1/5/12
Hello WWM Crew!
<Hello Andrew>
I have some brain poking to do! I have a 29 Gallon Bio-Cube with approx 20 Pounds of Pukani LR, and 20 Pounds of CaribSea Live Sand. It has been running for about 2 months now, and I have since added (In correct timeline) a "Purple Tip Marble Anemone" from a popular aquatic website which I would not like to mention as I don't plan to try and create a bad name. They're great and possibly just could be my aquarium isn't fitting for the anemone and Im more than sure I bought and added it way to early.
<You are correct.  Your aquarium is too small to have a chance at keeping this animal long term.>
I regret bringing this anemone into such a crummy situation but I am hoping to make up for it in about 2 months as I buy a 125 Gallon aquarium for him to spend his better days.
<It may not be around in two months.>
Well back to the aquarium for now. I have added the Purple Tip Marble Anemone which I suspect is a LTA. Then added 1 B/W Occ Clownfish, and 1 O/W Occ Clownfish at the same time, Then added a Torch Coral (Which is doing great I might add!) Pulsing Xenia (Also doing great!) 1 Red Mushroom, and 1 Blue Mushroom. I have give or take 8 Hermits (Red and Blue legged) 1 Mexican Turbo Snail, 2 Astrea Snails, and 3 Nassarius Snail. Everything Seems to be thriving EXCEPT  the Anemone. When he arrived I was actually out of town working, So before leaving town I gave my wife hands on instructions of how to acclimate and release him into my tank. The acclimation and release went pretty good and it seemed to be in good health. Regrettably he attached to a rock instead of the sand bed (which isn't the 4" DSB that is required, and is also a question ill be asking here shortly) He moved from one rock to another, and seemed to be planted there. He wouldn't accept any food I offered (Frozen Mysis shrimp thawed in a small container of tank water, fed through a turkey baster) and still to this day, About 6 weeks later, he still hasn't eaten anything I've attempted to feed. All of the other inhabitants are doing splendid, and he is seeming to slump into bad health. He seems to inflate slightly and then deflate completely into just a column. He doesn't seem sticky either, and now within the past day or two has had a gaping mouth. Today I got him to release himself from the rock, I am not sure it was the right thing,
<Was not.  A healthy anemone will roam until it finds a place to it's liking.>
although I didn't touch or rip him off at all. I needed some rock for my fuge so I started in with his rock with a hammer and a Flathead and started prying off pieces of rock on the opposite side. He released his grip from the rock although I'm sure I scared him I am not sure how this will effect him long term. I placed him in the sand in a low flow area so he can root.
I am going to go to the hardware store and buy a 3" diameter piece of pvc pipe and fill it with about 4" of Live sand and place him into it this evening. would that possibly be his best bet?
<Likely not.>
 I'm sure I left out some details but that's the problem in a nutshell is that he isn't eating, isn't sticky, and is
deflated for long periods of time, and isn't really as big as he was when he is inflated now.
<Doesn't sound good.  I'd watch this animal very closely.  Your tank is too new and small to introduce an anemone.
  A minimum of six months of aging is the norm and even then, long term survival rates are poor.  It isn't because anemones are not hardy, is the stress they are put through from collection to your tank.>
<You're welcome.  James (Salty Dog)>
Pictures of LTA    1/5/12

The first pic was listed on the site I ordered from, <<Not posted. Other's property. RMF>> He was under 20k MH, I have 14k MH with 2 Coral Life T5 Actinics.
<What wattage is the MH?>
Second Pic was his first day in my tank.
<Appearance not too bad.>
Third Pic is the nook he decided to call him <home> for about a week. (I moved him to get more flow although in retrospect he should have been left alone! Sorry)
<Still not looking too bad.>
Last pic is where he was moved to as mentioned in third description.
<Appears to be inflated a little more.>
I will get a pic of his current position. I've placed him where the clowns go at night in an attempt to have a relationship and possibly he will become healthy due to the clowns feeding and such.
<Mmm, Macrodactyla doreensis feeds on small particles of food, microscopic to about 1/4 inch at most.  Best to mash up some protein rich marine food and squirt a little on the tentacles with a turkey baster.  Keep an eye on it's "mouth".  Should be flat, not open or inverted.>
James (Salty Dog)>

Re LTA Health, HELP!! 1/5/12
Thank you for the quick and informative reply James, I'm going to do the best I can for this anemone.
<You're welcome.>
I'm hoping he can make it to the 125 and possibly live his live <life> in the proper sized aquarium,
<Is not the size so much, but larger aquariums tend to provide much more stable parameters.>
I considered giving him away for free to someone with a good size established tank but I don't want him to pass in their tank and crash it.
If he does make it to the 125 tank I'll be very excited. Let me send you a picture of him currently, I'll get it to you by the end of the day.
<Sounds good.>
Happy New Years also!
<And to you and yours.  James (Salty Dog)>

Long tentacle anemone dying?  9/3/11
I have a 90 gal reef tank with around 100 lbs live rock a deep sand bed (about 6 in deep) urchin protein skimmer in sump, salinity 1.025, temp 78 F, Ph 8.2 and 0 detectable NO2, NO3, NH4, P (I think this is false however as I have read algae can cause false zero readings and I have occasional algae blooms and some small patches of hair algae that I don't think I would get if these readings were true). I use RO/DI water to mix salt and for top offs. The tank has been set up for 10 years and then I moved and set it back up. I had it running again for 6 months and decided to get a Long tentacle anemone (perhaps I should have waited longer after the move). I had 5 blue green Chromis, a royal gramma, and blue and red leg hermits, emerald crabs and margarita, Nerite, Cerith, and Nassarius snails from before the move, as well as pulsing xenia, Zoanthids, mushroom leather, and a species of Favia that survived the move.
<The first three Cnidarian groups listed are very aggressively toxic to Anemones>

I have 4 - 65W Power compact lights with 2 white 10000k and 2 actinic blue. The anemone has been in the tank for about 14 months. I introduced two A. Clarkii 6 months ago and all seemed well. Two weeks ago it started doing this inside out bubble-like mouth thing (see picture). What I could find online is that death should occur in about a day.
<Mmm, no; not always or even often>
First it shriveled up except the inside out part and then reinflated.
The pedal disc was buried in the sand until it shriveled. Now that it reinflated it is attached to a rock that was next to where it was buried.

The tentacles have expanded and looks like it is doing better except the inside out part. Still a fraction of its previous size as well. Color is good and there is what looks like new tentacle growth. Tips of tentacles and areas that look like new tentacle growth are white, but I don't think they always were before the inside out occurrence. I have no idea what is going on with it, I expected it to die soon after this started. At the same time this started a xenia propagation on a ceramic disc disappeared from the rock formation above the anemone not secured as well as I had thought.
<This may well be related>

I don't know that it fell into the anemone, but I can't find the ceramic disc or the xenia that was on it. None of the other coral species are within several feet of the anemone and the xenia that may have fallen into or into cracks in the rock work would have been about a foot and a half above it. I feed it about quarter size chunks of a blend of squid and shrimp I make. At first I was worried I was not feeding it enough and increased feedings (good or bad idea?).
<Likely overfed>
I also started several water changes of about 5 gallons each a week. Previously I did about a 20 gallon water change every 2 weeks. Less work doing the five gallons every couple days I will probably stick to that. Also recently I noticed little bubbles forming on the inverted mouth bubble.
<Another good clue>
there does not appear to be waste expelling from it. Should I stop trying to feed it?
<For now, yes>
I can't tell if it is eating what I give it or not I think it is. When it shrank and detached I picked it up and rinsed it off at close range to my power head to help it expel if it was having trouble and felt for any foreign object in the mouth cavity and found nothing. I tried shoving the inverted part back in thinking it may be stuck or something, but it came back out. I assumed it was doomed so I thought I can't make things worse. It is surprisingly not dead after my handling of it and about a day afterwards is when the reinflation started. It has been a week since I did that. The clown fish keeps knocking sand into it when it rubs in it's tentacles which probably does not help either. Everything I could find to read about this suggested it should have died by now especially after my attempt to help it. Although everything I have read about them inverting also describes stingy white stuff which I have not observed.
thank you for any insight or suggestions.
<IF you had another system established... to move it to, perhaps a refugium area to isolate it away from the clowns... I'd just wait, see if it rallies on its own. One never knows. Bob Fenner>

Anemone Pics/Macrodoreensis/Health/Systems
No reading, useful data, following directions...  3 strikes...  2/7/11

Good afternoon,
<Hello Dorothy>
We have had this LTA for 8 days now. Saturday night he looked beautiful, all of his tentacles were full and he was a great pinkish/orange color with green tips. Yesterday afternoon (Sunday), I noticed his tentacles were flat but still the green/purple colors and his foot was still the nice orange color. He was also very squished looking with white and green stuff (they appear to be separate) coming from his mouth. To me, the stuff coming from the mouth looked like the edges of red leaf lettuce or the like (still white with some green though). He has remained attached to the side of the tank. All water parameters were great (tested at Aquarium World where we make our purchases on Saturday).
<What you are lacking here is information on your system such as tank size, lighting, type of lamps (K temp), filtration, actual water parameters rather than "great", flow rate, age of set up, etc.>
I called AW who said he may just be ticked off since he was moved the night before in the tank. They said the stuff coming out of his mouth could be waste or it could just be some of his insides just coming out a bit but nothing to worry about. They recommended just watching him. When I asked about sending a picture they said it wouldn't do much good. This morning (Monday) he is even more squished with much more coming out of his mouth.
He seems to be contracting and then releasing; however not much is separating from his mouth. I'm concerned that he is dying as he does not look well. There are a few pieces of the green and white stuff detached but most is still there. He is still attached to the side of the tank and his tentacles are very deflated but still green and purple. His mouth this morning was bubbled up and then deflated as he was contracting. It appears that he is pulling everything inside at times where you can barely see any of the tentacles; then he opens back up a bit. Foot is still a nice orange color.
Can they go from doing great to dead in a matter of 24-48 hours?
<Sure, us humans do.>
Any help would be appreciated. I am sending the pics that were taken last night and then from this morning.
<Mmm, did you slowly drip acclimate the anemone to your system? Without any useful information I can say that most losses of this species are associated with improper environment, being placed in too small, too new a system, without sufficient mud and/or soft sand, a lack of light, circulation, allelopathy, and possible poisoning. Do send information as stated above and I may be able to further assist you. In the meantime I suggest you read here and related articles/FAQs found in the header.
Thank you in advance for your assistance!
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
Fwd: pics #2
Here are more pictures from this morning of the LTA. Additionally, we have not been able to get him to feed but we know that he may go a bit without eating after his move to our tank. Thanks again!
Dorothy, please resize/resend all the photos. Our system cannot handle multiple pics with file sizes exceeding one meg.
A couple of hundred kilobytes is all that is necessary. James (Salty Dog)>
Re Anemone Pics/Macrodoreensis/Health/Systems 2/7/11
Last set of pics from today. He has been doing some really strange things.
When I left him, he was no longer looking like this, it was more folded in instead.
<Disregard my previous email asking you to resize the pics, will not help
me a bit as this anemone is going to die very soon. I suggest removing/relocating him from your system before you have more problems.>
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>

Re Anemone Pics/Macrodoreensis/Health/Systems 2/7/11- 2/9/11
<Hi Dorothy>
Thank you so much for your help James.
<You're welcome.>
The anemone was dead by the time we returned home.
<Didn't think it was going to last too long.>

I called the Aquarium shop back to discuss what they had recommended/said to find out the person giving the advise wasn't as familiar with the anemones :( We did a 25% water change as recommended by Aquarium shop last night after vacuuming the few pieces of anemone that had fallen off of him.
Would you recommend a larger water change or should the 25% be good?
<I'd do an ammonia test to determine this....should read 0. Might want to run the system water through a chemical media such as Chemipure or FilterEez. >
We were able to remove all the visible pieces of anemone from the tank.
Thanks again for your help! Very much appreciated....
<You're welcome, and might I suggest researching before buying to ensure you can provide the requirements for a given animal.
James (Salty Dog)>

Long Tentacle Anemone, gen.   12/13/10
Hi Bob.
its always a pleasure to interact and as usual am restless for your response.
I recently added a long tentacle anemone to my 200 gallon FOWLR.
Not too sure of the exact species but looks very much like a Macrodactyla doreensis.
Had read a bit ( not too much to be honest) and found nothing against having them with tangs (I have a yellow and a hippo)
Hope both my tangs would be safe with this new creature.
<Generally are>
Ever since I introduced this to my tank, it hid itself inside a rock structure. Only the tentacles are swaying from the either side and the entire body is hid between the rocks. Its been like this for the past 40 hours and has me worrying.
It was in the open during the night (when the lights were off). As soon as I plugged the lights on, it moved and attached itself to a live rock and eventually buried itself inside the structure. Surprisingly, it has attached itself to the rock ( and not the base sand) and is a bit upside down.
Is it afraid of light ?
<Not likely; no>
(at the store, it had no place to hide and was under comparatively low lights).
Even after lowering the lights in my tank, it does not seem to budge from its hiding place.
<Leave it. Don't try to move it>
I have a tomato clown and a ocellaris
but neither has gone near t so far.
At the store (where I saw it about 2 weeks ago), it housed a tomato.
Hope it would take one of these in my tank too.
<Possibly in time>
Please let me know if it is ok to keep it or else should I return the same.
Srinivas Manian
<... I'd wait a few weeks, see if it "settles in". Bob Fenner>
Re: Anemone hlth.    12/13/10

Thanks for the prompt reply Bob.
Feeling much better now.
The anemone is still upside down but the base of the anemone firmly attached to the live rock. It moved on to one side to expose the body a bit but unfortunately at the back side where the flow is greater. Major portion still within the rock cave. It has still not regained the color (as it was in the store) and now looks bleached except for the tips which are greenish in color.
I cannot see the mouth to give the description.
The tentacles drop down like shrunk skin at one moment and then look full and with life the next. Totally confusing.
What symptoms should I look forward to make a decision in time.
<... see WWM re Anemone Health:
and the linked files above>
I need to know whether this thing is actually : settling in" or getting worse. I do not want to pollute the tank any which ways.
Thanks and regards
Srinivas Manian

LT Purple Anemone Help/Macrodoreensis Health 9/22/10
Hi there
<Hello Ewanho>
I have a purple LT anemone that is about 2 months old - 6 inches across when opened. It has recently lost a lot of the purple color and looks sick. Water condition is good, but lighting is 54W x 4 , 1 10K, 1 Fiji Purple, 1 actinic, 1 deep water actinic. The lighting is adjusted during the day. <?>
Likely I will move the guy to a tank with MH 250W.
<Not likely, will be a must. Your present lighting is no where near intense enough for this anemone.>
Question: Would direct feeding of DT's phytoplankton or Marine Snow help get this guy back? Tried PE Mysis, but he tends not to bring it to his mouth. Is there another product you could recommend. It rejects small mashed up pieces of shrimp/scallop mix.
<Not surprising. Anemones in poor condition do reject food offerings. This anemone needs to be placed under more intense light if it is going to have
a chance at survival. Do read here and related articles/FAQs found in the header. http://www.wetwebmedia.com/macrodoreensis.htm>
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>

Purple Macrodactyla Doreensis Floating On Bottom Of Tank After Feeding/Macrodactyla Systems/Health 8/5/10
<Hello Eric>
I have a purple Macrodactyla doreensis. I have had it for about a week and it moved around a few times and has stayed put in a spot for about 3 days and looking pretty good. I fed it last night a half of a silverside, and checked back about an hour later and found that it had left its position and it's foot was quite inflated and is just kind of
floating/laying on the bottom of the tank moving around with the current. Sometimes it's foot up and tentacles down toward the sand. It has been doing this for about 14 hours now, which I have now left for work. I had made some attempts at trying to put it in a correct position. It doesn't react to much too my touching it, although there is some movement on some of its tentacles sometimes, but not much. I don't know if this is on it's way out or a normal reaction to feeding. Any help would be appreciated. I have a 75 gal, T5 lighting.
<This anemone is one of the more difficult species of anemones to keep.
Since you provided little system information, I strongly suggest reading here and related articles/FAQ's found in the header which will guide you to the requirements/needs of this anemone under captive conditions.
thank you
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>

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