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it looks dead... i actually went to the extent of scooping it out last night... but put it back hin hoping it was all my imagination... it goes into hiding and its tenticle are grey and kinda fallin apart... what ami doin wrong?!?! :(
 

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When the tentacles are falling apart, the animal is dying. I would recommend removing it as it will turn rapidly to ammonia after it disintegrates. It is difficult to say why without a lot more information. Generally, your water must be as near perfect as possible. Your readings for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and phosphate should all be 0. If it's a bubble tentacle anemone (BTA) your tank should have been that way for at least 6 months before you added the creature. For any other Anemone, a year is recommended. These creatures love light so you should have strong T5 or MH lighting.

If all those conditions have not been met, you may be able to figure what you did wrong.
 

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i let my tank sit for a good 7 months before i put anything in it... other than life rock ofcorse to help it cycle... and ive had my anemone for a/b a month before it went down hill... i think its the light issue... b/c i got an OUTRAGOUS power bill last month and ive been trying to cut back by only turning the lights on everyother day... darn....

also i woke up this mornin and my water was SUPER cloudy... is that the amonia overload??
 

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i let my tank sit for a good 7 months before i put anything in it... other than life rock ofcorse to help it cycle... and ive had my anemone for a/b a month before it went down hill... i think its the light issue... b/c i got an OUTRAGOUS power bill last month and ive been trying to cut back by only turning the lights on everyother day... darn....

also i woke up this mornin and my water was SUPER cloudy... is that the amonia overload??
when my nem died my water was crazy cloudy, if you dont remember i did 30% water changes everyday for a week, to dilute the poison
 

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Yes light can do it (or I should say the lack of it). I'm switching from MH to T5's to try to cut mine back. My electric co-op will be disappointed. Right now I'm pulling down 1,000w just in lighting on my reef. I have to do something and a smaller tank isn't on my option list.
 

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Yes light can do it (or I should say the lack of it). I'm switching from MH to T5's to try to cut mine back. My electric co-op will be disappointed. Right now I'm pulling down 1,000w just in lighting on my reef. I have to do something and a smaller tank isn't on my option list.

lol awesome.... i havent made it to corals yet so i just have your basic flourecent... prob another reason it died :( but im brand new into salt so i know no better *#3 but thanx so much for the help!!!
 

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Sorry that you had to learn the hard way. Standard fluorescent lighting doesn't work. I even recommend that folks stay away from Power Compacts (PC). They don't generate enough light for most applications, loose PAR too quickly, and often cause algae blooms as their spectrum shifts. Think T5 HO and it's hard to go wrong.
 

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what type anemone was it mine has been alive now for about 5yrs bubble tip type never had much luck with the condlyts spelling may be wrong. but they are the cheapest to buy
 
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