Length in Nano Reef Tank
Bubble Tip Anemone Suicide Watch Ended After:
6 Days 2 Hours
The problem with anemone is that they do not have a brain and therefore have no perception (although some people might say that having a brain doesn’t give you perception!). Trouble is, as they like to move around and find a spot that they like, mine has decided to try and move into my powerhead overnight. The result is not a pretty site as the powerhead is timed to alternate with the other powerhead and therefore creating an on/off action every three minutes.
I heard a noise this morning when the lights were off that sounded like the impeller wasn’t running properly and when I looked I could see what was going on. I turned the powerhead off and tried to tickle the back of it and encourage it out but it seemed determined to stay put. The foot area wass all puffed up and looking a mess and I also noticed that my Acropora has decided to go into chemical warfare mode overnight which makes me think that it’s responding to the bits that were being chopped off the Anemone and blown around by the powerhead. I have a photo of it from tonight and it does look like it is trying to reverse out of the powerhead which means it is still alive and able to respond.
Will it survive?
Tune in next time for another thrilling episode of Invertebrate Suicide Watch.
Moral of the Story or How to Avoid Premature Death of a Bubble Tip Anemone:
If I can do one thing to stop this happening to anyone else then I hope this is it – Powerheads; we all need them but if you have a Nano Reef Tank ensure they are out of reach or covered with enough rock to prevent the Anemone try to get in through the sides. If you cannot practically achieve this, then my advice is not buy an Anemone as it will wander and could just mimic the behaviour of mine with catastrophic results.