Hacked up my anemones!

Discussion in 'Propagation' started by Eight, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    When you hack up the "very large green tip anemone", if you're selling it, I call the bigger half! :p

    Also, since I'm purchasing one of the RBTA from you, may I select which? :bigsmile:
  2. Thales

    Thales Past President

    Ha! Now I have to decide if I put the new one into my reef and hope it stays put and move my current RBTA that has stayed put for 2 years or put the new on in a different tank. :D
  3. screebo

    screebo Supporting Member

    It surprising how quickly they heal
  4. CamryDS

    CamryDS Guest

    beautiful specimines -- awesome man!!!
  5. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    damn you making me want to some how get a nem...
  6. 177ike

    177ike Guest

    Pictures absolutely do not do those nems justice. I was surprised to see their colors looking even more vibrant in person. Colors are amazing, Jason. Under the actinics the nems remind me of various colored glowsticks.

    Awesome tank BTW.

  7. Eight

    Eight Guest

    Thanks Mike! Yes, they are like little aquatic ravers waving glow sticks. (Not that I would know what a rave is like, of course... ahem.)

    Rich, if there's enough space next to your existing anemone, maybe you can put them close by each other. They get along great and the contrast looks amazing. It would be a roll of the dice in terms of if they both stay there though...


    Oh, I also posted one more update on RC because someone told me that he didn't believe the anemones healed so quickly. Here's the text of that post with images:

    Ok, well I was curious about your comment, because I am of the belief that the BTAs take days and not weeks to heal... so I decided to take photos of the two halves of the green tip anemone out of water.

    Exactly seven days post cutting. Here's a top view of both halves. I will admit that the mouths aren't fully healed, but they are close.


    Here's a zoom in on the larger (better healed) half. You can see scar tissue in the lower right where the anemone has closed up.


    For kicks, here are photos of the feet. On the larger anemone, you can see where the cut was made and where it has folded over and healed.


    I just put the anemones back in their baskets, but once they open back up I am going to try feeding some mysis and test to see if the mouths are actually functional or not.

    IMHO, these anemones are clearly over their 'risk period' and 'pretty much' healed. They may not have 100% functioning mouths (to be tested in a few hours), but they clearly don't have any more open wounds. I have no doubt that if they don't eat tonight, they will likely eat in another week which would make the total healing time 2 weeks.
  8. Eight

    Eight Guest

    Follow up post with photos of the anemones eating:

    Ok, the anemone definitely ate a mysis shrimp. Here are some photos:

    In this shot, you can see the mysis shrimp heading down into the mouth. The shrimp is the white little strip right below the brown spot on my pipette. (You can tell it's a shrimp and not a tentacle because it's not green.)


    I tried to get a photo of the anemone eating while in the water, but it wouldn't cooperate, so I lifted the basket out of the water while the anemone was in mid-meal. (Yeah, these anemones have got to hate me.)

    Clear shot of the mysis disappearing into the mouth. The mouth is the round expanded white area above the shrimp.


    I repeated this same experiment with the roses that I cut and they ate as well.

    So there you have it. Anemones cut in half to eating food with a "mostly formed" mouth in 7 days flat.
  9. melly mel

    melly mel Supporting Member

    Jason, Put me in line if you decide to operate again in the future. I would love some of your beautiful nems in my next tank. Awesome job!
  10. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    Congrats on the successful operations Doctor. H)
  11. Thales

    Thales Past President


    It looks like mine is splitting...maybe I'll try them together. Whoo hoo!
  12. mobert

    mobert Guest

    I think they split on their own when they get a major water change. If it does, be sure to let it heal before you sell it.

    I have a few that are getting so big I am tempted hack away just to control the size.

    Jason, what do you think about surgery on serving plate sized anemones?
  13. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Mine is a monster. I'm tempted to slice and dice. What do you think about 3 pieces or 4?
  14. Eight

    Eight Guest

    I'm not sure how slicing up a really huge anemone would go. I am guessing it would be fine, but you will create a lot more toxins/pollution in the tank, so maybe it would be best to put them in a quarantine for healing? (But then you have the acclimation problem compounded on the fact that you just cut it in half...)

    I was thinking about cutting into thirds or quarters and I think it'd be a bad idea. The anemones healed up by folding over and 'hiding' their wounds. If you cut anything less than half I think it becomes pretty hard for the anemone to shield it's wounded side. I'd stick to halving only, IMO.

    I have a pretty large green tip that I will be cutting in my other tank a week from now. It's not dinner plate, but pretty big. When fully expanded it's 10" across tip to tip. I can let you know how that guy goes.
  15. mobert

    mobert Guest

    My original RBTA got serving plate size and split 5 ways the first time it split. FYI. So it does happen.....
  16. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Mine is huge now. I have had it for well over a year and it has never split. What do you think caused yours to split 5 ways?
  17. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    I hear if you sing and talk to it everyday, then it will split.
  18. Eight

    Eight Guest

    Mine like beijing opera.
  19. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Self splitting and slicing their body is different though. If I were you I'd let the anem. drain first on some screen, then slice it. Just go for down the center (in half) the first time. Like Jason said, they'll produce a lot of slime if you try to do more then that.
  20. mobert

    mobert Guest

    I should have mentioned self-splitting probably took a week to accomplish. Probably much less loss of body fluids when done gradually on their own. I wonder if a rubber band or something across the anemone would work? Something gradual, thus less trauma.

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