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Anemone in the aquarium:how to cureanemones in marine aquarium, stinging anemones and coral safe anemones. How to tell if an anemone is dying, nutrition and how to behave.
We start from this assumption, allanemonesthey are stinging for corals but some can be considered "safe" because they have morphological characteristics that are easy to manage and above all they are sessile, that is, once adhered to a substrate they tend not to move in the aquarium.
Anemoneis the common name for theactinia, this class of anthozoa includes a large number of species, each with its own characteristics. Generally speaking, allsea anemonesthey are stinging and should be kept carefully in the aquarium.
Anemones in the aquarium and corals
The sea anemones they are stinging, does this mean that they cannot live with corals? No, as stated, many species tend to behave like a sessile animal (i.e. they stay in one place in the aquarium without creating any danger factors) so like euphyllies (also these stinging), they can be kept in the aquarium by keeping it at a certain safe distance from corals. How much is this distance? It depends on type of anemone, species and size. Some species can extend extensively and reach considerable distances, while others have small polyp bodies.
Dead anemone: how to tell if an anemone is dying?
Please note: I know you probably typed "dead anemone", however with the feminine one tends to identify the anemone plant, while with the masculine one tends to identify the anemonesea anemone. Although it might sound strange to you, it would be more correct to say "dead anemone".
What happens if the anemone dies? In general, when it is noticed that the anemone is suffering, it should be quarantined in another tank or, at least, in a small floating delivery room. When the anemone dies under certain circumstances, it can release ammonia, which is lethal to all other organisms in the tank. In addition there are other risks, for those non sessile species, the movement pump can also be very dangerous. If the anemone starts wandering in the aquarium and one of its polyps reaches the movement pump, the release of ammonium is certain.
A dead anemone it is recognized because it tends to flatten, no longer adhere to any substrate and shrink. Be careful, if your anemone is getting smaller it is not necessarily dying, in this case you would do well to monitor the animal and try to understand if it is only a phase (which lasts 3 - 4 days) or a progressive invagination.
Another indicator is the color, even at the time of purchase, make sure the color is uniform and vivid. A discolored anemone is in great pain and may not survive.
The central mouth, in a anemone that is dying, tends to widen, the foot tends to disappear and does not adhere to any substrate.
Glass anemone in the aquarium
L'glass anemoneit is an uncomfortable presence in the marine aquarium, with this name different species of aiptasia are identified. I have told you a lot about the infestations of aiptasias in marine aquariums and, to solve this problem, I invite you to read the guide how to eliminate aiptasias.
Anemone and symbiosis with the clown fish
Often, what prompts us to introduce aanemone in the aquariumis the opportunity to enjoy a true spectacle of nature: thesymbiosis between anemone and clown fish. This phenomenon is amazing: not everyone knows, however, that the species A. ocellaris (clown fish) can do thesymbiosisnot only withsea anemonesbut with many other soft corals or lps hard corals, it is the case of the euphyllie, easier to manage than an anemone and with less risk for the tank.
If, on the other hand, you don't want to give up the combinationclown fish anemone, know that different species ofanemonesPacific are the best choice for your marine aquarium because they will be able to keep clownfish healthy, happy and safe. To trigger the symbiosis, the anemone must be of sufficient size compared to the clownfish purchased.
Anemones in the aquarium: behavior
Theanemonesthey have a foot with which they adhere to a substrate. The behavior in the aquarium differs from species to species, as stated some have a tendency to behave like sessile animals, that is, once they find a welcoming place in your aquarium, they will have a stationary behavior and will not wander around the tank. However, this does not always occur. Furthermore, if you change light conditions, make variations with live rocks, move the movement pump ... probably the anemone could look for a new place to fix itself.
All theanemoneshave a good tolerance to nitrates in the tank, on the contrary, the nitrates that are generally fatal for sps hard corals (acropora type) can be useful foranemones. The ideal temperature should be between 24 and 27 ° C with a salinity between 1.023 and 1.027.
As for nutrition, thesea anemonesthey are filtered animals but can also appreciate small invertebrates. If your anemone is big enough you can also feed small pieces of shrimp or cuttlefish, to be given no more than once a week. Then you can add the classic placton for filter feeding animals to the water.
In any case, he is not alone the power supply what matters, good water movement is the key to success in keeping them healthyanemones in the reef aquarium.