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The Amazing Bubble Tip Anemone and their care

What death looks like

                       I recently had an Anemone die because it came into contact with a large fuzzy Mushrooms.
It went to move and fell into it and was stung to death.
     I took pictures of it when it started to die as it had attached to the rock next to the Mushrooms after it got it's little butt out of the shroom and to the side of it.
          Here are the pictures of it's slow demise.
The first picture is of it when it moved out of the Mushroom.
It is on the left of the cone like coral but can not be seen from here. The Shrooms it fell into are on the bottom left, the green ones.

      It is in the very center of this picture below. It is hanging like it is ripped.

 




            Then here is a picture of it starting to disintegrate and die.


and another of it. You can see the mushrooms to the left where it fell into .
It took a few hours for it to get itself out of them and I wish I had helped it, but thought that it would be a good
learning experience for my viewers of this site. So I let nature take it's course and took pictures for you to see.

         The stomach has now come out of the Anemone and it is starting to fall apart.

 

 
        But it is still attached to the rock behind it with it's foot.

 Do NOT let a dying Anemone go this far in your tank. Remove it at the first signs of death.

I will have to do something soon before it turns to mush and fouls the tank.
       This is now the time to get out my turkey baster and start sucking out the Anemone piece by piece.
     If you try to remove it by it's foot, it will disintegrate into hundreds of pieces of flesh into the tank.
So the only way to remove it is a turkey baster.


        Above is the bucket of water after the removal of the Anemone. It came apart in pieces so removal was
a slow process.
      To make sure that all of the pieces where removed before they could float away.
      Here is the water with the dying Anemone in it bucket

   . Clearing as the water settled.

       You can now see what remains of the adorable Anemone bud that thought he would take a trip through the mushroom patch.
    And here is a clearer picture of what remains.

       I removed it from the water by slowly draining the water from the bucket outside.

I stunk so bad that I could not do it inside. so this is what is left of the BTA.

 



     The smell of a dead animal is unmistakable for sure. It smells of rotting flesh so you will know just what you have when you take it out of the tank.
      The big thing in this situation is to go slow with your turkey baster to make sure that you get all of the Anemone out.


    You can also use a siphon hose to suck it out of the tank going outside. I would have done that had I not wanted to take pictures of this process for all of you.

    When I touched it with the turkey baster, it fell right off the rock, foot and all, or what was left of it.
     Had this Anemone been left in the tank to rot it would have fouled the water enough to kill many other inhabitants.
        So a careful eye on all of the inhabitants in your tank is a must.
Just after it was removed I did a 40% water change (I keep 110 gallons or RO water ready should the need arise.
     And it did in this case.
       Always do a massive water change should you loose anything in the way of livestock in your tank to rid it of pollutants
       I also added fresh Carbon to the filter to make sure that it helped clean the water.
       Also a side note: My skimmer went nuts at the same time that it was in the process of dying so when that happens, look around in
the tank to see what is going on.
          Anytime your skimmer starts to go nuts and produce tea colored skim then you know something has died and it is trying to clean it out.
         Even after my water change, it continued to skim a lot of tea colored water for at least 24 hours.
         So that should show you that when something dies, it will still leave behind bad stuff in the water column.
     At the first onset of your skimmer going crazy , look around to find something dying . It is a great indicator of your tank health.
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