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The Amazing Bubble Tip Anemone and their care

Read this before buying one


Is your tank 6 months old yet?



      2. Day two of setup
    The tank above is my 125 gallon tank on day 2 of setup.

     I used water from other tanks to set this up so the water was used.

    But the sand was new and so where the rocks, most of them at least.


 The above is the same tank a few days less than a month old.

You can see a slight green tinge to the rock but it is

no where near old enough to add fish to it unless you are using used aged water as I did from my 75 gallon tank.

I was fortunate to not loose any fish that I put in this tank from the tank that the water and some
of the rock came from.
But I knew to keep the water temp and flow identical to the old tank that all of the fish came out of.

I did not have a cycle in the tank and that was great.

And within a few months had great algae growing below the water line under the sand and loads of pods
 in the rock when moved to this tank.

All of the fish and rock (not the new rock) came from my overstocked 75 gallon tank.

No new corals were added to this tank , only from other tanks with the same exact water and conditions
as this tank to minimize the loss.

Which was none.

You can see this tank now under " 125 gallon tank".

The main reason everything survived is because everything was identical from where it came from
to where I moved it.

And I also have the experience to watch for any problems I might have had moving everything to this
tank with new sand and dead rock.

So, if you have the opportunity to buy a tank already set up and over a year old, go for it, move everything, water in buckets and
leave the sand in the tank undisturbed with at least 2 inches of water over the sand to keep anything living in it alive.

Also make sure that when moving it that the water or tank is not in the sun in your vehicle. Over heating it will kill off anything living

in your sand..
Place the corals and fish in buckets in the water from the tank and just move it.
Set it all back up as it was and you wo
n't have any problems.
Just be sure to move it fast to keep the water over the sand from over heating as well as the livestock.

It works great and I have moved many tanks and bought some already set up and they did great.

I highly recommend buying a tank that has been up and running for over 6 months and many times you can
get a great deal on them because of the cost of upkeep or lack of care or time to keep it up and the owner wants
to just get rid of it, so watch for these in your area.


 If your tank is  not  6 months old ,

it is NOT ready for a Rose or Green Bubble tip Anemone.

Your tank needs to be at least 6 months old and

stable before introducing a BTA

or any Anemone for that matter into your tank.

A stable system, knowledge of how your tank is running and the In's and outs of taking

care of it are what is  needed for their care.


You need to know how the water changes effect your tank.


How the lights effect the tank etc.

I know it's hard to pass up  those pretty Roses in the fish store , but trust me.

 If you buy one before your tank is stable,
 and you know just what is going on in there,

how to maintain it and what any problems are you will

loose it for sure.

Never ever impulse buy any saltwater creature before waiting.

Doing research on that animal and making sure

your tank is ready for it to thrive and live a long happy life.

Many people get in way to big of a hurry to get their tank

set up, slap some lights on it, usually what came with the tank.

They are NOT saltwater lights.

Add the saltwater, stir, dump in some sand.

Spend a good $50.00 on a water test kit and after a few days.

All looks well, the tank is nice and clear of sand floating in the

water, the sand is nice and pretty and clean, white as can be.

Now what could possibly go wrong with such a clean pretty tank

you ask?




 A newly setup tank is not a healthy tank by any means.

It needs to have live rock added, cycle through an algae

stage where it will look dreadful for at least a week and sometimes


Well, I won't get into a long drawn out thing about what needs

to happen before you plop that pretty red blob into the tank.

But just read about setting up the tank, and please.

Take everyone's advice, including mine, and wait until the 6

months have past, all of the cycling is over, all of the rocks are settled in,

life is growing in your sand.

Your getting a nice red or green algae growing just under the sand

right up next to your glass .

Get a cup of live sand from someone that you know that has

a tank set up for over a year and you will be amazed at the life

that it has in it, the animals in it  will reproduce, adding to the diversity of your

new tank.


When is it ready?
When you have pods, worms and /or lots of  live critters moving in your tank at night

when lights are out, you're on your way..

When you see sponges growing under rocks, critters scurry under and  around on

the front of the glass after lights out it is getting more stable.

Now you  are well on your way to a healthy tank.

( Take a flashlight and look  around the rocks and on the sand after lights out).

Signs of lots of life are great for a Rose tank  .
At six  to 8 months, you're ready for your new BTA if all has gone well and everything is settled in.

If you have been really good and waiting patiently, and you have had your setup going for 6 months.....

Go to the: " Buying your BTA "
section and lets get you started on living with one of these beautiful Animals.