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Tank Setup For The Bubble Tip Anemone

Submitted by AquariumsLife.com on January 6, 2010 – 1:58 pmNo Comment

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Table of content:

Introduction To Bubble Tip Anemone (BTA)
Reproduction
Tank Setup
Buying A BTA
Feeding The BTA
Host For The BTA
Common Problems (soon)


Tank Setup For The Bubble Tip Anemone

Tank size: Anemones need stability. The bigger the tank, the more stable. In my opinion, the Bubble Tip Anemone should be kept in tanks of 20 gallons or larger (20 gallon should be the minimum). Keep in mind that an healthy Bubble Tip Anemone will quickly expand and that you need enough room to fit some kind of filter, a heater, power heads and some live rock in the tank.

Water Movement: Current is very important for the Anemone health. You should use a minimum of two power heads (one in each back corner) to create a random water movement in the tank. Anemones will do best with a medium indirect current. The intake of your powerheads should be covered so the Anemones won’t get sucked up. It is sometime difficult to keep power heads away from the Anemones in small tanks.

Filtration: If your tank is small, it is possible to simply do weekly water changes and not use a protein skimmer (only in tanks with live rock) but I would not recommend this for a first experience. I tried it and I have to admit that even if I did not lose any anemone during that period, I went through many difficulties. I now use the AquaticLife Internal Mini Protein Skimmer on my 25 gallon tank and I really love it!
A good water quality is the key so before to buy a protein skimmer, make sure to read reviews and try to get the best for your money.

Lightning: Bubble Tip Anemones are medium light Anemone. They will thrive under VHO or Metal Halide lighting very well. I have kept them under 120W VHO for over a year with great success (that was a 25 gallon tank). Metal Halide are strong lights and the Anemone might hide from such bright light until fully adjusted.

I have kept Bubble Tip Anemones with the following:
-150W Metal Halide on a 25 gallon tank (14 inches high).
-120W VHO on a 25 gallon tank (14 inches high).
-500W Metal Halide on a 150 gallon tank (24 inches high).

Live Rock: I strongly believe that live rock is a must. Live rock makes saltwater aquariums look more natural and it is an excellent biological filter. It also provides many hiding and opening where your Bubble Tip Anemone can attach. Live rock also allow the Anemone to climb up on and reach more light if they feel the need to.
1.5 to 2.0 lbs. of live rock per gallon of water is recommended.

Temperature control: The Bubble Tip Anemone is a tropical species that require a water temperature of 72-78°F (22-25°C). Any heater will be enough to rise water temperature to the right level. If the temperature in your area reach higher levels, you should consider buying a chiller.

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Introduction To Bubble Tip Anemone (BTA)
Reproduction
Tank Setup
Buying A BTA
Feeding The BTA
Host For The BTA
Common Problems (soon)


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