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The Amazing Bubble Tip Anemone and their care

Buying a Rose Anemone

And What to look for

Your new Rose or green Bubble Tip might  be

covered in bubble tips on the endsof their  tentacles when purchased.

Sometimes they will be long and straight.

Either is just fine.

  Sometimes they will not have all of their  color but you should be

  able to tell if it is a green BTA or a Rose just by looking at it.

If it is a Rose it should be a bright pink or red in color.

Most Roses are not red, but pink or orange .

If it is a green Bubble Tip, it should be a pale to medium green in color.

The picture below is of several  of my Anemones showing perfect color

for BTA's.

This is the color you should be looking for.

If it is white  do not buy it. It has lost it's Zooxantheallae

and will be very time consuming to bring it back to good health.

But if you have had experience with bleached ones then by all

means, give it a try and a new home.

  Never buy a BTA that has been damaged in shipment to the fish store and is marked down
unless you have had experience with their care in that situation.

Even if it is a great deal it will usually die in your tank from the stress of being injured or sick.
Damage to look for is a ripped foot or hole in the foot, short nubby

Tentacles or Tentacles that are curled or brown at the tips

and look like they have been shredded or nibbled on..

The mouth


 A wide open mouth  is a sign of a very sick anemone. (see the pictures of a normal mouth
on my page about the mouth).


 It is best to ask some questions before purchasing your first Anemone.

Ask the seller what they have been feeding it and how often?

What kind of lighting is it under?

How long have they had the Anemone and did they purchase it or is it
a clone from one of their stock?

The more questions you ask the better.

When you purchase your Anemone from a fish store 
you need to see if it is attached to a rock or rubble.

 If it is ,buy it attached and do not remove it from it's rock.

If you have to offer to pay for the rock with it do so .

This will save you from trying to pry it loose from that rock and damaging the foot.

One thing to watch for when you have purchased it on it's rock is how it swooshes

around in the bag in transit to your home.

Make sure that it is not giggled around so that the rock is turned

upside down and laying on your new
Keep it as still as possible to keep from causing damage to it.

 If it is attached to glass at the fish store ,make sure the person detaching it from the glass

knows how to do it properly.

Usually a fingernail on the edge of the foot to wiggle it loose is all that is needed
Sometimes you will have to go all the way around the foot in order to make it release.

When it does, place the bag with tank water under the water and gently move the anemone into the bag.
Try to keep the anemone from coming out of the tank at all times as it may damage the body when it islifted out over the water .


I                                   t may attach itself on the bag on the ride home so you will need to
 detach it the same way as was done in the fish store.

If it is attached to the bag you must acclimate it in the bag.

Simply cut off the top of the bag, laying the bag open inside of a
small bucket of your tank water.
Only have about a half gallon of tank water
in the bucket.
Now start the drip process from your tank to the bucket.

This should take about an hour to an hour and a half. No need for lights over
the bucket. Just make sure you keep an eye on it so that it does not run over onto
your carpet.
Go to the section about Acclimatization for
further instructions.


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