Mini Carpet Anemone 7/21/14
Earlier today I did a routine partial water change in my 100 gallon.
<Mmm; the water was pre-mixed, stored ahead of time? We've had a spate
of "water change" queries, both fresh and marine...>
Everything was as it always is after a water change and acrylic
scraping, all shiny, clear, and pretty. So this evening I notice that
the water had become cloudy and there were many, many tiny white spots
floating everywhere. The spots did not appear to be swimming like "bugs"
might and the royal gramma was not chasing them like he would if they
They have lessened now and the water is less cloudy, but while all this
is going on I notice something going on with the two mini carpet
anemones that share a rock up high in the aquarium. In the more than a
year that I have had these two, one green and one red, I have not seen
them do this: Green was secreting long white streams of stuff. I am
guessing it's not poop since the royal gramma ate one of the larger
streams that floated by him.
Green seems to be finished with his business. Now, at the same time, Red
is secreting tiny brown irregularly shaped pellets of something, I am
guessing poop. No one is eating what he's secreting. They are coming
from a tiny opening in his center. Oh my gosh, I just went to take
another look to see if Red was still pooping, and I'll be darned, he
shot out a huge amount of these pellets, like a volcano erupting!! Those
white spots that are everywhere are coming from Red! This has been going
on for a good hour or more. What do you think is going on and why
haven't I seen this before?
<Sounds a great deal like reproduction to me>
P.S. he just did it again!
<Do keep your eyes on all... I'd mix up and keep ready as many gallons
of new water as you can; as well as a back up of chemical filter
material (GAC). Bob Fenner>
RE: Mini Carpet Anemone 7/21/14
Wow, that's kind of cool. So you think like male (Green) and female
(Red), anemone version of eggs and sperm?
I will do as you suggest, change the filter media (I use Chemi Pure
Elite and bags of GAC) tomorrow, and change some water the next day,
using the water I mixed up this morning.
By the way, I think I was wrong when I said no one was eating Red's
I noticed one of the pajama cardinals hanging close as though waiting
for the next batch to be expelled and the cardinals appeared to be
eating too, in their corner of the tank.
Might I find baby anemones in the near future?
<Mmm; not from sexual union in aquarium conditions; no>
Thank you Mr. Fenner,
<Certainly welcome. BobF>
Carpet Anemone reproduction: Not much to go on with this
green carpet anemone can they split
<Yes, usually as a result of favorable or unfavorable
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