Anenome is shrinking - not good.

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Hey guys, i got myself a malu anenome this week and he seems to be a bit sad - he's open but definitely shrinking. Help!
 

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OK ... Check water par's first ...
Is it shrinking with lights off, low or high. Mine shrinks when the lights are off.
I think you have a sebae, right ? He need lots of light ...! Have you feed him anything yet ?
 
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I've noticed he's shrinkled up day and night - not just at a certain time. He has settled just out of the direct light but still has enough good light reaching him. He's a purple tipped malu anemone.

I fed some shrimp to him and he ate it yesterday.
This morning I cannot tell if he is upside down or the right way up - he seems to have something protruding both ends! Looks like he has 2 feet basically.. :-[
 
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Oh my ammonia, nitrates and nitrites are all 0. They were before I bought him and I just checked again - they're fine. The only thing that has changed is the tank got a bit colder the last 2 nights cos I left a window open - it was at 22 degree this morning rather than the usual 24.
I've just looked it him again and he seems to have filled up soe of his tentacles again - I read that it's quite normal for them to change shape and shrink and inflate again after first being introduced into a tank so I'm hoping that he's just getting used it it.
Will keep you updated!
 

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Yes, all quite normal. Post a picture if you can. Feed him a little each day until he gets use to his new home.
 
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Thanks I have just got home and he looks better - he has replanted his foot in the sand and he's fully open again. Maybe he just had a bad morning ;D
 

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I hope he continues to do better!
 

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They also deflate when they have to poo ! They inflate when hungry. If the mouth hangs open ... he sick. If he's loosing color (like mine), he
needs more light. (mine is very bleached ... it was a rescue purchase)
 
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:'( This morning he's almost all gone! He is normal colour - just hardly any tentacles - he seems to have sucked them all in.
I have been watching thinking maybe a fish or crab is bothering him but I havent noticed any of them harrassing him. I'm hoping he will come out again now that the light is on.
 

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Mine will completely disappear between the rocks during the day, when the lights are off. It is very normal ... What kind of clown do you have again ?
 
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No I mean he has all shrivelled up - he has been better since the lights came back on but he's still little and ill looking. Do you think I should put him in QT tank incase he dies? Save me doing a lot of water changes etc
 

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Look at my anemone photos in my tank photo thread ... See if your looks like the second photo. Can you take a photo of yours ?
 
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Ok this is him on day 1 -

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Oh I forgot ... Do not move him to QT ...! This will only stress him out even more. Wait it out.
 

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He is what we in the states call a Sebae Anemone (Heteractis crispa). Are his tentacles falling off ?
 
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ok wont move him then - this is the pic of him today - i switched off the light just to get a better pic of him  because he doesn't show up with the light so bright on the white sand. To give you an indication, when I first got him I think he was about 9 or 10 cm's across and now he's about 5 cm's across.

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No the tenticles are definitely not fall off but they're shrivelled up and small - there are a few poking around but not as full as they were when I fisrst got him
 

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OK ... Is he eating ? Can you feed him ? Has he eaten anything ?
 
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Yes he ate some flakes and shrimp the last 2 days. I am going to get him some fresh shrimp and muscles today when I get my RO water.
 

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Good ... His mouth looks open .. is it ?
 
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