• For a Limited Time the R2R Partner Membership is NOW OPEN! Get some cool swag and chances to win part of over $20,000 in prizes! Click here for more details

Bubble Tip Anemone Tank (Thoughts?)

Aaron Soliz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 5, 2017
Messages
259
Reaction score
148
Hello Reef2Reef Fam,

I have a 20 gallon Nuvo Fusion that I would like to convert into an all bubble tip Anemone Aquarium. I have currently selling off all my torches, Octos and Hammers. I love them but I feel like too many things could go wrong with euphyllia. I know it's the name of the game but I thought I dabble more into the Anemone side of things.

I have had my tank for a year in a half and the parameters are great!
- Alk: 7.3 Stable
- Calcium: 440
- Phosphate: .07
- Temp: 78-79
- Salinity: 1.025

Tank Mates:
- 2 Longfin Clowns
- Carpenters Wrasse
- Fighting Conch
- Fire Shrimp
- Couple of Snails (Turbos)

Lighting:
Ai Prime HD (One)

My question is, is it really difficult to keep an all anemone tank? I have heard we couldn't mix all types of bubble tip anemones... is this statement true or false? How is feeding the anemones? Reef Roids, pellets and brine shrimp enough?

I do keep my UV at 9% total on my aquarium which I think ill have to bump up. Thoughts on that please.

I just want to make sure before I purchase my first Anemone, that I don't mess things up. I do regular water changes weekly and sometimes ill get a little lazy and do once every two weeks.

Thanks for the help!
 
Aquarium Specialty - dry goods & marine livestock

Fishy65

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 28, 2020
Messages
1,573
Reaction score
6,811
Location
Columbus Indiana
I have green, rose, rainbow, Sherman, and some other type (maybe a candy corn?) all together in our 75. I run kessil A360WE's ramped up to 100 percent mid-day for like 4 hours they all seem fine growing and splitting, no chemical warfare but I dont have the super high end stuff. They get fed a little bit of krill once a week and catch the foods that the fish get fed daily. Your results may vary.... :) happy reefing
Here are some older shots...
20200903_204222.jpg
20200902_155414.jpg


Those 2 on top are a full 6 to 8 inches across when fully inflated
 

footgal

2500 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 4, 2020
Messages
3,090
Reaction score
4,972
Location
Houston
Hi! I’m starting a nem tank too! Currently I’ve got a Sunset Strip and a CSB in there together and they’re okay. I’ve also got 5 rock flower anemones and a couple of softies just to fill it out while the nems multiply. I’d love to check out your euphyllia for sale! I have a bunch of ultra speckled RBTA that split pretty regularly so if you’re interested in a trade I’m all in!
 
OP
A

Aaron Soliz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 5, 2017
Messages
259
Reaction score
148
Hi! I’m starting a nem tank too! Currently I’ve got a Sunset Strip and a CSB in there together and they’re okay. I’ve also got 5 rock flower anemones and a couple of softies just to fill it out while the nems multiply. I’d love to check out your euphyllia for sale! I have a bunch of ultra speckled RBTA that split pretty regularly so if you’re interested in a trade I’m all in!
Very nice! I wish you were located in Houston... i could hook you up. Do you have any pictures of your tank now? What does your alk and such look like? What light are you running as well?
 

chizerbunoi

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Dec 29, 2017
Messages
600
Reaction score
448
It’s actually much easier to keep a nano nem tank once it’s mature. Just weekly WC to maintain parameters. No testing of triton.

Occasionally I test nitrate and phosphate but use my eyes to observe before I take action on an outbreak of algae. This will depend on how often you feed your tank. If you feed your Nems then levels will raise much faster than to just fish. Now if you want them to split you have to feed very frequently and then do a WC where the salinity is 2-3 SG different.

I do use a HOB protein skimmer from time to time when an emergency happens. And carbon as well if they spawn.

The only caution with mixing BTA is that some will have strains of bacteria that will kill each other. Such as wild vs mariculture, and some mariculture to each other. But treatment with antibiotics before introducing to the tank will solve that issue.

Your tank is ready and good. I would keep the UV. I don’t know how the wrasse will do though.
 
OP
A

Aaron Soliz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 5, 2017
Messages
259
Reaction score
148
It’s actually much easier to keep a nano nem tank once it’s mature. Just weekly WC to maintain parameters. No testing of triton.

Occasionally I test nitrate and phosphate but use my eyes to observe before I take action on an outbreak of algae. This will depend on how often you feed your tank. If you feed your Nems then levels will raise much faster than to just fish. Now if you want them to split you have to feed very frequently and then do a WC where the salinity is 2-3 SG different.

I do use a HOB protein skimmer from time to time when an emergency happens. And carbon as well if they spawn.

The only caution with mixing BTA is that some will have strains of bacteria that will kill each other. Such as wild vs mariculture, and some mariculture to each other. But treatment with antibiotics before introducing to the tank will solve that issue.

Your tank is ready and good. I would keep the UV. I don’t know how the wrasse will do though.
Thank you for your response! Few questions I have after reading.

1) I change chemipure blue out once a month. Will that basically take care of the carbon part? I have a protein skimmer as well but that's because I do water changes once every two weeks. Once I get the anemones in there, I need to figure out how much to dose on alk. I am sure it will be different than what I have in there now.

2) What antibiotics do you use before introducing? I have Revive. I dip all my corals i there before introducing to the tank. Not sure if that is the same thing.

3) Keep UV? I have mine at 9% all day. I am guessing raising that since I know anemones love light.

I am debating on keeping the wrasse in there or not. I do like the little guy but ill probably need to keep an eye on him.
 

chizerbunoi

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Dec 29, 2017
Messages
600
Reaction score
448
It’s a 3 year old 55 gallon, but I run it the same as a nano tank.

I think just keep running your tank the way that you are used to. Then as time goes by, dial down to what makes it easiest. KISS is the best method.

Do more research into the antibiotics. It’s in the sticky of this forum. If you buy from other reeders then there is no need. Really just items shipped and wild specimens.
 

Tankkeepers

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 27, 2020
Messages
575
Reaction score
705
Location
47906
No expert on nems here but a friend of mine has a small biocube with led upgrade thats nothing but bubble tip nems and he has never had a problem except for them splitting to often and some of them have changed colors over time and him finding ppl to give them away he gives each one 1 pcs of small krill a week and does a 25 percent water change every 2 weeks and has 1 clown in the tank with 1 large hermit and 1 large turbo snail hope that helps
 
OP
A

Aaron Soliz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 5, 2017
Messages
259
Reaction score
148
No expert on nems here but a friend of mine has a small biocube with led upgrade thats nothing but bubble tip nems and he has never had a problem except for them splitting to often and some of them have changed colors over time and him finding ppl to give them away he gives each one 1 pcs of small krill a week and does a 25 percent water change every 2 weeks and has 1 clown in the tank with 1 large hermit and 1 large turbo snail hope that helps
Some very good feedback! Thank you for sharing. I’ll take this into consideration as I sell my corals for anemones. So far so good. Half gone.
 

Tankkeepers

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 27, 2020
Messages
575
Reaction score
705
Location
47906
Good luck to you I hope all goes well as iv always loved nems just hate that they move around and have always been worried it'll wind up in the wave pump or on a Fav coral so iv never kept them post a pic when you get it all setup cant wait to see it
 
OP
A

Aaron Soliz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 5, 2017
Messages
259
Reaction score
148
No expert on nems here but a friend of mine has a small biocube with led upgrade thats nothing but bubble tip nems and he has never had a problem except for them splitting to often and some of them have changed colors over time and him finding ppl to give them away he gives each one 1 pcs of small krill a week and does a 25 percent water change every 2 weeks and has 1 clown in the tank with 1 large hermit and 1 large turbo snail hope that helps
Was it different kind of bubble tips or one kind?
 
Corals.com

Would you be shocked by today's reefing hobby if you had just returned after a long period of time?

  • Yes (tell us why in the thread)

    Votes: 174 52.9%
  • No

    Votes: 59 17.9%
  • Somewhat

    Votes: 92 28.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 4 1.2%

Online statistics

Members online
943
Guests online
2,972
Total visitors
3,915
CADE Aquariums: Christmas in July
Top