Anemone problem

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Hi there. I am new to the site just signed up and was hoping to pick someone's brain about a BTA. I purchased one from lfs yesterday and wen I came home earlier tonight it looks like it's been attacked by something. There's small white fleshy bits coming out of one side of the anemone. Any ideas?


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Hi, welcome to ReefBase.

If you've only just got it, it'll still be settling in. It's normal for anemones to have their mouths gaping when they're stressed by conditions or change.  It's never a good thing, but pretty normal at this stage. The white filaments are messentrial tissue, part of the anemone's digestive system.

Keep an eye on it and don't interfere with it and it should tighten its mouth over the next day or so.

Bubble tip anemones are one the the hardiest, so it's a good anemone to start with.

How long has the tank been running? It's looking healthy generally.
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Hi there. Thanks for getting back to me. The tanks been up and running 8 months now. I recently put a spiny brain coral in and since its been in there my make flame Angel has decided he likes to nip at it so was just concerned whether he was having a pop at the bubble too wen it went in to see whether it was edible? Little s**t he's become


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Flame angels are notorious nippers. I've always avoided them. Coral Beautys are a pygmy angel less known to nip.  :heyyy:
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Aren't the coral beauty same family as the lemon peel? I had a gorgeous little juvenile still had his flue spot on his body and he was a bloody terror. He killed off the majority of the sps frags I had got in there to get going with. Shame really as was a smart little fish


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Centropygie, so yes. Mike is correct in saying coral beautys are the least problematical. Ive had Flames,Lemonpeels,Nox and Coral Beautys.


All bar the Coral Beauty ate a variety of corals ,from red sea pulseing xenia to SPS.


I once had a Emperor Angelfish that was no problem untill I bought a rather sticky carpet nem, it ate it....


If the nems stomach parts are sagging out its mouth its often not a good sign .
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Yeh I must agree it definitely doesn't look on the healthy side. On way home now to see how the poor thing looks today. Tester all parameters again last night to ensure all is still good. And it says so. Would it be likely that it's been the victim of my flame Angel?


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 the mouth was where my Emperor attacked the carpet nem..It was as you can see from the avatar happy and healthy then one day...


Hard to realy know unless you actualy see it happen . They can gape, but dont often show the squiggly bits. Thooooo.....you often see Rhodactis with protrudeing squiggly bits, its still very possible its settling in. So if your parameters are fine fingers crossed in a few days it will be fine  :D
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Been a couple days now n must say the colour has started to brighten up on my nem and the White tissue only visible on a very small spot so hopefully it's pulling through. It would of been dead by now if it was on its way out? No....


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I would at least think it would look worse so yes I guess it most likely is gonna be fine  :D
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Reply #10

Sounds like it's settling in fine. Sometimes a perfectly healthy one will have it's mouth open a millimetre or two.
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