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I bought this Bubble Tip Anemone and have had it in my tank for almost a month. Yesterday it moved to a new spot and appears to be absorbing its tentacles. I am pretty new to this hobby and was wondering if this is normal or if this is something to be concerned about. Any help would be appreciated. I have attached two photos the first shows what it looks like now and the second is what it looked like when I bought the BTA.

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Generally when they move, it’s stressed due to either too much light, water flow or both
High salinity or temperature can also weigh in
 

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That anemone is definitely not doing great and bleaching. BTAs need stable tanks that come after about 9 months of maturity. This tank appears very new with the white rocks so im suspecting its a new tank, just keep parameters stable. If it doesnt like the light or flow it will usually move itself to find a new spot.
What are the tank parameters
salinity, alkalinity, nitrate, phosphate, magnesium?
Are you using rodi water?
 

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i just checked the build thread, the tank is only 3 months old also the light isnt strong enough to keep anemones in that size tank. you probably want to upgrade that light, the seaclone skimmer also idsnt going to do much skimming but at least will add extra O2 to the water, i owned the skimmer as well and it went into the garbage like 16 years ago.
 

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The BTA is going to struggle for a while since your tank is relatively new, even if the parameters appear to be stable.

I haven't checked your build thread. Are you using a sump? Is there a place to add chaetomorpha? My anemones do better in tanks with chaeto since it helps keep parameters in check.
 
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Postings your param would be helpful and looking at your photos doesn’t look like bacteria has established on the rock.
Moreover parameters over the course of a couple of weeks will help. I agree that the tank "looks" new. I would expect to see algae on the rocks.

I typically tell people that once they see coralline algae in their tanks, then it's a good time to consider adding an anemone. Coralline is oftentimes the last type of algae to grow, and it likes consistent parameters, so if you're adept at doing so, you can just look at the condition of the coralline and not have to test your tank.
 
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The tank does not have a sump. Using a canister filter. I have algae starting to grow over my sand and some starting to grow on the rocks. I will post the tank parameters once I get home to test them later today. I guess my real question here is the BTA a goner or can it be saved. I bought some reef rods today and also some Phyto Feast for a new pulsing xenia that I purchased a couple days ago.

I was reading about zooxanthellae transplant for an anemone. is this something that I might have to try to do to save the Nem.
 
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Current margins.
Salinity 1.025
Ph. 8.0
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrite. 0ppm
Nitrate. 0ppm
Phosphate. 0.50ppm
Calcium. 340ppm. This has dropped the last couple days. Was about 450 ppm
Kh is over 214.8 as the test is off the chart.
 
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There's a post on here where a guy talks about feeding a bleached nem a tentacle from a healthy nem to give it a zooxanthellae boost. Never tried it but interesting idea.
 

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So I admit I am very new and learning here. My LFS said all my levels were good after they tested my water three days ago. So were they just trying to make a sale?
Your parameters may be fine, but your beneficial bacteria buildup may be low. Nems prefer tanks that are established and not so new.
 
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Update, the BTA is still alive. I moved him onto some high rocks nearer the light and he seems happier. But he is still really sickly looking. He really is not eating well at all. Hoping I can bring him back and not lose him.
 

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