How to instantly kill an Anemone?

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  1. sil40sx

    sil40sx Well-Known Member

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    I apologize in advance if my request or post sound to be inhumane. But its a matter of saving a $20 anemone, or couple hundred dollar corals. So here it goes:

    I have this BTA that grew so fast, it was just about 2 inches when I got it. I placed it on my rock that have a cavity/crevice when I got it, thinking it wont get blown away even if it doesnt stick its feet/disk on the rock right away.

    Fast forward 6 months today (more or less), it never moved an inch, but grew to about 5 inches, and now it starting to sting my SPS around it. Whenever I try to take it out, it shrinks into the cavity of the rock as soon I touch it, and theres no way for me to access its feet. Also, I won't be able to pull the rock out because it is my main rock, and lots of corals are attached to it.

    I tried using a hook (not fish hook), the ones that you use to take out clips from car's interiors., But no luck, its just getting ripped when I'm trying to pull it out because there is little pedal disk that's visible. Pointing a powerhead wont work, because it will just stay shrunk in the cavity whenever its upset.

    Is there any food, or technique to temporarily stun an Anemone for it to let go on the rock? Worse case scenario, kill it instantly if there's no other option?


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    Ghxst Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Ice or get an object really cold and prod it
     
  3. sil40sx

    sil40sx Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I tried making an ice cube from my tank water, and stick in in there, but as expected, as soon as something touches it, it retracts/shrink in the cavity.
     
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    That's a beautiful nem. Would it be easier to move the sps ?
     
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    What about injecting hot di water with a injection needle ?
     
  6. sil40sx

    sil40sx Well-Known Member

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    No, I don't have other spot to move my frags anymore.


    I haven't tried that yet. I'm not sure if it will die instantly, because I want to be there when it happens, so I can take it out right away before it starts polluting the tank. Or worse, getting shredded by the powerhead.
     
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    I’m sure if we can get a way to unattach it there are a lot of us who would pay for shipping and take it for you
     
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    sil40sx Well-Known Member

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    You don't have to pay shipping, we're neighbors. I'm in Downey too. :)

    But yeah, I hope there would be an option to detach it from the rock without resorting on killing it, so someone can adopt it.
     
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    Watch killing it. Can release toxins which could throw off your tank. Can you take some bone cutters to get the crevice hole bigger?
     
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    Watch killing it. Can release toxins which could throw off your tank. Can you take some bone cutters to get the crevice hole bigger?
     
  11. sil40sx

    sil40sx Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, thats why I would want it to be instant.

    No, I dont think so, kinda tight in there:

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    grab some ice cubes from freezer, put in plastic bag. Take power head point right at Nem while with your other hand holding an ice cube on it. It will probably take 10-15 legit minutes to **** it off enough to make it move, but it will move eventually. Then donate to one of these fine cali fellows.
     
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    sil40sx Well-Known Member

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    Like I mentioned previously, I tried an ice made from my tank water, but as soon as something touches it, it retracts inside the cavity. There no place for it to move because it fits nice and tight in the hole.

    I'll take pic tomorrow when it's all tucked in in the hole so everyone can have an idea what it looks like.
     
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    yep I read exactly what you wrote. Like I said, use both at the same time and continue the use of both until it gets so ****** it lets go (it will take a while), that's really the only way you're getting it out.
     
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    This may not be helpful but the anemone isn't going to start raging and kill all your SPS.
     
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    I don't recall using both at the same time yet , I should probably try, and maybe it will do the trick.
     
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    sil40sx Well-Known Member

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    The underside of the green slimmer (I forgot what specific sps it is) where the anemone regularly touches it, already turned all white. Then the orange passion Frag that occasionally gets hit by 2 or 3 tips of the anemone, PE is getting worse. I can barely see the polyps. Lastly, it's getting really close to the walt Disney, 1-2 cm in between them.
     
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    Have you tried increasing the flow on it ..if nems don’t like the flow they will move .. aim a power head at it ..
     
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    Or use lots of ice cubes .. use normal tap water for them and put them in a sealed bag before putting them in your tank !
     
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    I really hope you are able to just re-home him. Pretty sure somebody would love to have him. Really beautiful.
     

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