How Do You Protect an Anemone from a Powerhead?

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  1. Mort

    Mort Guest

    I remeber hearing about this before, and I thought I knew the answer to this
    question.

    I thought a strainer on the inlet of the powerhead would stop an anemone
    from getting sucked in.

    Well, my powerhead PULLED my BTA through the veins of the strainer that were
    no more than 1/16th of an inch.

    Is there another solution besides using a foam pad over the inlet?

    TIA

    ~Mort
     
    Mort, Jan 31, 2004
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  2. No, the pad is your best defense. Just put the foam over it when the anemone is
    near it, and once it is parked somewhere, you can safely remove the pad. Just
    rinse it out every week, or more often.

    Marc


    Mort wrote:

    > I remeber hearing about this before, and I thought I knew the answer to this
    > question.
    >
    > I thought a strainer on the inlet of the powerhead would stop an anemone
    > from getting sucked in.
    >
    > Well, my powerhead PULLED my BTA through the veins of the strainer that were
    > no more than 1/16th of an inch.
    >
    > Is there another solution besides using a foam pad over the inlet?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > ~Mort


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    Marc Levenson, Feb 1, 2004
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  3. Mort

    Mort Guest

    My problem is I have the P.Heads hidden behind LR so you cant see them.
    Personally, I think they are an eye sore but if that is what I need to do
    for a happy reef then so be it =)

    ~Mort

    "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:401C7EA7.F03C2A91@swbell.net...
    > No, the pad is your best defense. Just put the foam over it when the

    anemone is
    > near it, and once it is parked somewhere, you can safely remove the pad.

    Just
    > rinse it out every week, or more often.
    >
    > Marc
    >
    >
    > Mort wrote:
    >
    > > I remeber hearing about this before, and I thought I knew the answer to

    this
    > > question.
    > >
    > > I thought a strainer on the inlet of the powerhead would stop an anemone
    > > from getting sucked in.
    > >
    > > Well, my powerhead PULLED my BTA through the veins of the strainer that

    were
    > > no more than 1/16th of an inch.
    > >
    > > Is there another solution besides using a foam pad over the inlet?
    > >
    > > TIA
    > >
    > > ~Mort

    >
    > --
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    > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
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    >
    >
     
    Mort, Feb 1, 2004
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  4. I always had my powerheads where I could reach them.

    Here's an alternative for you Mort. Take a 12" long piece of PVC, and drill
    about 40 holes in it. Insert the intake basket of the pump in that PVC, and
    even if the anemone does get near, there are so many holes all over the pipe
    that it can crawl away.

    I made a pipe like that for my closed loop.

    Marc


    Mort wrote:

    > My problem is I have the P.Heads hidden behind LR so you cant see them.
    > Personally, I think they are an eye sore but if that is what I need to do
    > for a happy reef then so be it =)
    >
    > ~Mort
    >
    > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > news:401C7EA7.F03C2A91@swbell.net...
    > > No, the pad is your best defense. Just put the foam over it when the

    > anemone is
    > > near it, and once it is parked somewhere, you can safely remove the pad.

    > Just
    > > rinse it out every week, or more often.
    > >
    > > Marc
    > >
    > >
    > > Mort wrote:
    > >
    > > > I remeber hearing about this before, and I thought I knew the answer to

    > this
    > > > question.
    > > >
    > > > I thought a strainer on the inlet of the powerhead would stop an anemone
    > > > from getting sucked in.
    > > >
    > > > Well, my powerhead PULLED my BTA through the veins of the strainer that

    > were
    > > > no more than 1/16th of an inch.
    > > >
    > > > Is there another solution besides using a foam pad over the inlet?
    > > >
    > > > TIA
    > > >
    > > > ~Mort

    > >
    > > --
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    > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > >
    > >


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    Marc Levenson, Feb 1, 2004
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  5. Mort

    Mort Guest

    Great idea Marc. I'll have to see if I can incorporate that. Thanks!

    ~Mort

    "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:401CB220.82432C49@swbell.net...
    > I always had my powerheads where I could reach them.
    >
    > Here's an alternative for you Mort. Take a 12" long piece of PVC, and

    drill
    > about 40 holes in it. Insert the intake basket of the pump in that PVC,

    and
    > even if the anemone does get near, there are so many holes all over the

    pipe
    > that it can crawl away.
    >
    > I made a pipe like that for my closed loop.
    >
    > Marc
    >
    >
    > Mort wrote:
    >
    > > My problem is I have the P.Heads hidden behind LR so you cant see them.
    > > Personally, I think they are an eye sore but if that is what I need to

    do
    > > for a happy reef then so be it =)
    > >
    > > ~Mort
    > >
    > > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > > news:401C7EA7.F03C2A91@swbell.net...
    > > > No, the pad is your best defense. Just put the foam over it when the

    > > anemone is
    > > > near it, and once it is parked somewhere, you can safely remove the

    pad.
    > > Just
    > > > rinse it out every week, or more often.
    > > >
    > > > Marc
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > Mort wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > I remeber hearing about this before, and I thought I knew the answer

    to
    > > this
    > > > > question.
    > > > >
    > > > > I thought a strainer on the inlet of the powerhead would stop an

    anemone
    > > > > from getting sucked in.
    > > > >
    > > > > Well, my powerhead PULLED my BTA through the veins of the strainer

    that
    > > were
    > > > > no more than 1/16th of an inch.
    > > > >
    > > > > Is there another solution besides using a foam pad over the inlet?
    > > > >
    > > > > TIA
    > > > >
    > > > > ~Mort
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > Personal Page:

    http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > > >
    > > >

    >
    > --
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    > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    >
    >
     
    Mort, Feb 1, 2004
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  6. Mort

    Pszemol Guest

    "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message news:AbESb.6422$BA2.1644@newssvr26.news.prodigy.com...
    > Well, my powerhead PULLED my BTA through the veins of
    > the strainer that were no more than 1/16th of an inch.


    Little off-topic here, but what did you do with your
    anemone remains? Are they just shredded to small pieces
    or maybe you have one bigger one? If you have a bigger
    piece left I would recommend keeping it in some spot
    with slow water movement and maybe your animal will
    heal - you know how robust Aiptasia anemones are - even
    when you cut them to pieces they will recover from
    a bite-size piece - BTA anemone has the same body
    structure, so it should recover from it in my opinion.

    I have not made any experiments on my own, but in the
    event of such a mishap like yours I would give it a try.
    It makes sense it should recover like Aiptasia does...
     
    Pszemol, Feb 1, 2004
    #6
  7. Mort

    Mort Guest

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bvjhh8$4ss$1@inews.gazeta.pl...
    > "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message

    news:AbESb.6422$BA2.1644@newssvr26.news.prodigy.com...
    > > Well, my powerhead PULLED my BTA through the veins of
    > > the strainer that were no more than 1/16th of an inch.

    >
    > Little off-topic here, but what did you do with your
    > anemone remains? Are they just shredded to small pieces
    > or maybe you have one bigger one? If you have a bigger
    > piece left I would recommend keeping it in some spot
    > with slow water movement and maybe your animal will
    > heal - you know how robust Aiptasia anemones are - even
    > when you cut them to pieces they will recover from
    > a bite-size piece - BTA anemone has the same body
    > structure, so it should recover from it in my opinion.
    >
    > I have not made any experiments on my own, but in the
    > event of such a mishap like yours I would give it a try.
    > It makes sense it should recover like Aiptasia does...


    Yes Pszemol, so far it is healing quite nicely. It found its own spot with
    a lot of flow and a little light and has been there for three days now.
    Today was the first day I can see some tentacles again. It's a little
    smaller but you can barely tell anything happened to it =)

    I'll keep you posted...

    ~Mort
     
    Mort, Feb 2, 2004
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  8. Mort

    Pszemol Guest

    "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message news:bpiTb.6944$BA2.490@newssvr26.news.prodigy.com...
    > Yes Pszemol, so far it is healing quite nicely. It found its own spot with
    > a lot of flow and a little light and has been there for three days now.
    > Today was the first day I can see some tentacles again. It's a little
    > smaller but you can barely tell anything happened to it =)
    >
    > I'll keep you posted...


    Maybe it is a good method of multiplying them to keep powerheads unprotected? ;-)
     
    Pszemol, Feb 2, 2004
    #8
  9. Mort

    BR549 Guest

    IMHO, your BTA was looking for water flow, the intake of the pump is high
    flow, you stated about power heads: "I think they are an eye sore but if
    that is what I need to do for a happy reef then so be it". get the pump out
    of hiding and point the power head so current is making the BTA sway, power
    heads are a necessary to alter the current in specific places. My wife, is
    responsible for the inside of the tank, (I am responsible for the outside
    hardware) she will move power heads or the animals 'till they look the best,
    we have a brown Caribbean carpet anemone it has moved twice (an inch or two)
    in the last year and when it moves she FREAKS and adjusts the power heads
    accordingly, that either stops the movement or causes the anemone to move
    back, by observing the way she directs the power heads, I believe your BTA
    is in search of water flow. The Reef that you created is not your home, it
    belongs to the inhabitants of the tank and you have to set it up for, an
    eyesore here or there will be setoff by the beauty of the animal if you set
    it up for them not you. IMHO.

    BR549



    "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:AbESb.6422$BA2.1644@newssvr26.news.prodigy.com...
    > I remeber hearing about this before, and I thought I knew the answer to

    this
    > question.
    >
    > I thought a strainer on the inlet of the powerhead would stop an anemone
    > from getting sucked in.
    >
    > Well, my powerhead PULLED my BTA through the veins of the strainer that

    were
    > no more than 1/16th of an inch.
    >
    > Is there another solution besides using a foam pad over the inlet?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > ~Mort
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
    BR549, Feb 3, 2004
    #9
  10. Mort

    Pszemol Guest

    Harsh words, but it is hard to not agree with this 100% :-(

    "BR549" <br549@dbeach.com> wrote in message news:dcETb.220926$I05.3208523@twister.tampabay.rr.com...
    > IMHO, your BTA was looking for water flow, the intake of the pump is high
    > flow, you stated about power heads: "I think they are an eye sore but if
    > that is what I need to do for a happy reef then so be it". get the pump out
    > of hiding and point the power head so current is making the BTA sway, power
    > heads are a necessary to alter the current in specific places. My wife, is
    > responsible for the inside of the tank, (I am responsible for the outside
    > hardware) she will move power heads or the animals 'till they look the best,
    > we have a brown Caribbean carpet anemone it has moved twice (an inch or two)
    > in the last year and when it moves she FREAKS and adjusts the power heads
    > accordingly, that either stops the movement or causes the anemone to move
    > back, by observing the way she directs the power heads, I believe your BTA
    > is in search of water flow. The Reef that you created is not your home, it
    > belongs to the inhabitants of the tank and you have to set it up for, an
    > eyesore here or there will be setoff by the beauty of the animal if you set
    > it up for them not you. IMHO.
    >
    > BR549
     
    Pszemol, Feb 3, 2004
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  11. Mort

    BR549 Guest

    Sorry about it being harsh, I did not mean to be, it is the way it came out,
    I didn't know how to explain it any other way, this was the best way I could
    explain my point.

    Sorry, no offence intended

    BR549

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bvmibp.3nc.1@poczta.onet.pl...
    > Harsh words, but it is hard to not agree with this 100% :-(
    >
    > "BR549" <br549@dbeach.com> wrote in message

    news:dcETb.220926$I05.3208523@twister.tampabay.rr.com...
    > > IMHO, your BTA was looking for water flow, the intake of the pump is

    high
    > > flow, you stated about power heads: "I think they are an eye sore but if
    > > that is what I need to do for a happy reef then so be it". get the pump

    out
    > > of hiding and point the power head so current is making the BTA sway,

    power
    > > heads are a necessary to alter the current in specific places. My wife,

    is
    > > responsible for the inside of the tank, (I am responsible for the

    outside
    > > hardware) she will move power heads or the animals 'till they look the

    best,
    > > we have a brown Caribbean carpet anemone it has moved twice (an inch or

    two)
    > > in the last year and when it moves she FREAKS and adjusts the power

    heads
    > > accordingly, that either stops the movement or causes the anemone to

    move
    > > back, by observing the way she directs the power heads, I believe your

    BTA
    > > is in search of water flow. The Reef that you created is not your home,

    it
    > > belongs to the inhabitants of the tank and you have to set it up for, an
    > > eyesore here or there will be setoff by the beauty of the animal if you

    set
    > > it up for them not you. IMHO.
    > >
    > > BR549

    >
    >
    >
     
    BR549, Feb 3, 2004
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  12. Mort

    BR549 Guest

    We had a green carpet anemone about 10 years ago and a stone crab poked a
    hole in the base of the animal, it went from a foot in diameter to the size
    of a quarter, my wife found the hole, she would take a turkey baster filled
    with brine shrimp and stick that in its mouth with her finger stuck in the
    hole and feed it for over a month like this till the anemone healed, I was
    amazed, they say anemones do not have a life span, they can live indefinitly
    in the rite conditions.

    BR549


    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bvjhh8$4ss$1@inews.gazeta.pl...
    > "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message

    news:AbESb.6422$BA2.1644@newssvr26.news.prodigy.com...
    > > Well, my powerhead PULLED my BTA through the veins of
    > > the strainer that were no more than 1/16th of an inch.

    >
    > Little off-topic here, but what did you do with your
    > anemone remains? Are they just shredded to small pieces
    > or maybe you have one bigger one? If you have a bigger
    > piece left I would recommend keeping it in some spot
    > with slow water movement and maybe your animal will
    > heal - you know how robust Aiptasia anemones are - even
    > when you cut them to pieces they will recover from
    > a bite-size piece - BTA anemone has the same body
    > structure, so it should recover from it in my opinion.
    >
    > I have not made any experiments on my own, but in the
    > event of such a mishap like yours I would give it a try.
    > It makes sense it should recover like Aiptasia does...
    >
     
    BR549, Feb 3, 2004
    #12
  13. Mort

    Mort Guest

    Thank you for your perspective. I am learning more every day.
    I will see what I can do about meeting BOTH requirements =)

    ~Mort


    "BR549" <br549@dbeach.com> wrote in message
    news:EBFTb.77472$Bj.56316@twister.tampabay.rr.com...
    > Sorry about it being harsh, I did not mean to be, it is the way it came

    out,
    > I didn't know how to explain it any other way, this was the best way I

    could
    > explain my point.
    >
    > Sorry, no offence intended
    >
    > BR549
    >
    > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > news:bvmibp.3nc.1@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > Harsh words, but it is hard to not agree with this 100% :-(
    > >
    > > "BR549" <br549@dbeach.com> wrote in message

    > news:dcETb.220926$I05.3208523@twister.tampabay.rr.com...
    > > > IMHO, your BTA was looking for water flow, the intake of the pump is

    > high
    > > > flow, you stated about power heads: "I think they are an eye sore but

    if
    > > > that is what I need to do for a happy reef then so be it". get the

    pump
    > out
    > > > of hiding and point the power head so current is making the BTA sway,

    > power
    > > > heads are a necessary to alter the current in specific places. My

    wife,
    > is
    > > > responsible for the inside of the tank, (I am responsible for the

    > outside
    > > > hardware) she will move power heads or the animals 'till they look the

    > best,
    > > > we have a brown Caribbean carpet anemone it has moved twice (an inch

    or
    > two)
    > > > in the last year and when it moves she FREAKS and adjusts the power

    > heads
    > > > accordingly, that either stops the movement or causes the anemone to

    > move
    > > > back, by observing the way she directs the power heads, I believe your

    > BTA
    > > > is in search of water flow. The Reef that you created is not your

    home,
    > it
    > > > belongs to the inhabitants of the tank and you have to set it up for,

    an
    > > > eyesore here or there will be setoff by the beauty of the animal if

    you
    > set
    > > > it up for them not you. IMHO.
    > > >
    > > > BR549

    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Mort, Feb 3, 2004
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  14. Mort

    BR549 Guest

    and by the way we had a couple anemones stuck in power heads in our first
    tank years ago and the sponge trick did keep them out of the intake but they
    still moved around

    BR549
     
    BR549, Feb 3, 2004
    #14
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