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Old 12/09/2007, 01:29 AM   #1
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how did your RBTA look after acclimation?

Just wondering what to expect.

The background on my tank is that it's been running since April. It's a 75 gallon with a 20 gallon sump. I DO NOT have a skimmer at the moment. RO, 10% weekly water changes. Currently the only test kit I have is for Nitrates and what I tested came out to about 10. My lighting is 2 by 250 watt 10K metal halides with 200 watt power compact fluorescents. Halides run for roughly 6 hours a day (is this enough for a nem?) and the PCs run for 10 hours.

I bought my first anemone today. It's a gorgeous RBTA with bright yellow tips roughly 3-4 inches across. I acclimated it via a drip method for nearly 3 hours. After I released it to the tank I tried to position it where I wanted it to stay and the foot took hold immediately and hasn't moved since. It's in a spot nearly 3/4 down the tank and is getting a lot of flow.

As soon as the foot took hold the anemone seemed to be fully "extended" and looked incredible. I went out for a few hours and when I came back it was a bit "shriveled" up and the mouth seemed to be protruding.

Since then, however, the tank lights have turned off the for night and the moon lights are on. Now the anemone looks awesome; just like it did after I first got it to attach. Perfect bulb shaped tentacles, even more extended then before and the mouth is less protruded.

I'm sorry for the lack of pictures but our camera isn't available at the moment. Does this sound like normal behavior for a new RBTA? Since the lights have turned off and all I can see is via moonlights.

Is this normal for a RBTA? I think my tank is stable enough for it and my lighting is good. I fed it a piece of mysis shrimp before I went out just to see if it would take it. The mysis stuck to a tentacle but I didn't get to see what it did afterwards once I left.

It's such a beautiful nem and it would really suck if it didn't make it. Any tips for taking care of these would also be appreciated.

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Old 12/09/2007, 04:35 AM   #2
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it will probably take about 2 weeks for it to get settled down and happy this is just a sign of it getting acclimated

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Old 12/09/2007, 06:02 AM   #3
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Its behavior is normal. Just monitor your parameters and dont overfeed it.

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Old 12/09/2007, 08:42 AM   #4
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It will take a little time for it to acclimate to your tank.. The lighting is more than enough, it will probably hide a bit until it gets used to the lights.... A pic would be nice, I've never seen an rbta with yellow tips....

Good luck and make sure to cover those powerheads so if he decides to move he doesn't get sucked up in one...

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Old 12/09/2007, 09:21 AM   #5
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Old 12/09/2007, 09:43 AM   #6
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Looks healthy. Just give it time to settle in. May take a week or more for it to find a spot and stay there--so cover any pump intakes.

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Old 12/09/2007, 12:11 PM   #7
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DC, thats almost exactly how mine looked except it has the bubble tips.

Just an update.. it wandered last night. Straight down in to the the LR. I can barely see it now but it appears to be looking good. I'm concerned it won't get any light down there, though.

Any suggestions on what to do? The cracks in the LR are so small I can't even figure out how it got itself down there.

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Old 12/09/2007, 03:05 PM   #8
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anemones are over 90% water im pretty sure.. they can get anywhere if they want to

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Old 12/09/2007, 03:41 PM   #9
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It will move wherever it wants. If it's not getting enough light, it will move back up higher in the tank. You've got plenty of light for it. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 12/09/2007, 06:02 PM   #10
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thanks everyone!

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Old 12/09/2007, 07:25 PM   #11
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Yea dont worry... RBTA are known to hide for a week or two then come back out. They LOVE crevices... so it might actually STAY there and then when acclimated, STRETCH out for some light.

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Old 12/28/2007, 02:26 PM   #12
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any updates btw would love to see a pic of the rbta w/ yellow tips

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Old 12/28/2007, 02:49 PM   #13
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I got my RBTA over 2 weeks ago maybe. Looks the same:

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