Anemone Feeding

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    How big of a piece of raw shrimp should I give my Anemone?
     
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    Give them small pieces. In the wild, a large piece of food is never going to float down to a nem. Too many hungry eyes.
     
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    Like smaller than its mouth? How do I keep the other creatures away at this time?
     
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    +1 smaller piece is better for the overall health of the nem as well.
     
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    cut up a liter soda bottle and cover the nem
     
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    What exactly is the nem gonna do?
     
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    If it is hungry when you touch the food to its tentacles it will hold and wrap around it pulling it to its mouth. It should be pretty quick in anemone terms. It will then stretch it's mouth around the food.
     
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    If the lighting you show in your signature is accurate, that is not enough for an anemone, but anyway to answer your question....

    Anemones in Captive Systems
    "Underfeed, underfeed, don't feed!Underfeed, underfeed, don't feed! Most losses in captive systems are the result of over-feeding. How many more times do I feel I need to write this? Bunches! Some anemones have been kept for YEARS without any intentional external feeding. Know your stock! Many anemones (especially larger species) are detritivorous (a polite term meaning they eat poop), planktivorous, and largely chemoautotrophic/photosynthesizing species/individuals that hobbyists try to over-stuff with meaty/prepared foods. My bid for largest cause of loss of anemones is the consequences (lack of oxygen, hydrogen and other sulfide production...) from over-feeding. Cut it out! Within normal temperatures and other conditions, most can and do do well on weekly feedings. If you're going on vacation, leave them alone.
    For almost all varieties kept, an occasional (weekly or so) perfusion (wash?) of live brine shrimp, prepared mash of frozen or dried food, or frappe' (as in with your blender) of "fresh" marine food meant for human consumption (shellfish, shrimp, langouste, not-so-oily fish) with or without supplementation. Temporarily turn off your particulate filters and squirt the food onto their tentacular surface."
     
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    +1 ccCapt
     
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