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Anemone box prototype

Bruce Spiegelman

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I wonder if you could use tubes instead of just holes drilled in the box. My thinking is that perhaps the anemone can feel that it’s open on the other side and climbs through. If the tubes are say an inch long maybe they won’t feel that it’s open on the other side? Flow going into the box would need to be very directional though; parallel with the tubes.
I believe that one of the reasons they move around in boxes is simply because they don't feel safe. Nems like to have a firm anchor either deep into sand or deep into a crevice (depending on species.) In a box they never get that firm anchor.
 

MarAquatic

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Here is my new prototype . Disregard previous one on the bottom. This one includes frag rock rubble.


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Bruce Spiegelman

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Not enough flow. The other flaw here is the frag rack. If the Nem does decide to walk around a bit and head outside the box he will sting the sh*t out of the frags.
 

sfsuphysics

BOD
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Yeah, anemones need flow and you don't want to have openings too big for them... hence the problem. Also I wouldn't try to force an all in one solution for frags and anemones you want to sell.
Plus ditch the color, they're photosythetic creatures having light the red would more likely cause even more stress since it'll filter out the other spectrum
 

MarAquatic

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Yeah, anemones need flow and you don't want to have openings too big for them... hence the problem. Also I wouldn't try to force an all in one solution for frags and anemones you want to sell.
Plus ditch the color, they're photosythetic creatures having light the red would more likely cause even more stress since it'll filter out the other spectrum
Aren't our tanks lit from the top down not from the sides?

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Bruce Spiegelman

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A decent amount of the light that livestock in our tanks receive doesn't come directly from the top. Light reflected from the sides, sand, etc account for some of the light. This is particularly important for the underside of branching corals and other similar livestock. Nem boxes are often placed off to the side away from much of the overhead lights. I don't know what spectrum red acrylic will absorb or diminish, but it sounds like it's a possibility and if they filter out the blues it could be detrimental to Nems. Maybe -- possibly.
 

euod

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Yeah, gotta think with in a box, like if you were the anemone, rather than out of the box with the glossy ideas. It’s a $2 container that can be had for at the Chinese market.
Even with any holding containers, you would want it to be clear to monitor the specimen. Wild anemone get infections all of the time and captive bred, too, from handling.
 
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MarAquatic

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On the color I think it's too much needs to be clear and white to make it less in your face

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grizfyrfyter

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I assumed you were using colored acrylic for prototyping. I don't use my highest demand materials for prototypes. I use what's been laying around for months because no one wants it (yeah purple, I'm talking about you).

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rygh

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My experience:

You want really spiky live rock, with lots of crevices, plus moderate light and moderate indirect flow.
Then they will simply stay put.

You can use nylon artist mesh. I have used it on algae scrubbers. Reef safe, allows light, tiny holes, but tons of them.
Like thishttps://www.amazon.com/Darice-Plastic-Canvas-Artist-6-Pack/dp/B00KHAXHBM/ref=pd_cp_201_4/131-9686575-7373762?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00KHAXHBM&pd_rd_r=03dac588-71a8-445b-a3d6-53ce3a370f4e&pd_rd_w=T3td4&pd_rd_wg=D5rsM&pf_rd_p=0e5324e1-c848-4872-bbd5-5be6baedf80e&pf_rd_r=511T6328CGVFG6YX3PVB&psc=1&refRID=511T6328CGVFG6YX3PVB
They have different versions with different size holes.
 

sfsuphysics

BOD
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Not sure if there'd be enough flow possibly if a power head was pointed in it's general direction? One way I always checked flow in a tank was to crush up some flake food really finely and put that into the water, it's like they do at those shows with the fluorescent balls, but it's food to eat.

Edit: Oh didn't notice the pump at the bottom, interesting way of doing things. I might put some holes in that up pipe so that the water can squirt out in multiple directions.... but test it out first.
 
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