RBTA (Entacmaea quadricolor) - Oral Disk Budding?

RBTA (Entacmaea quadricolor) - Oral Disk Budding?

Postby mpedersen » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:22 am

I really don't know what's going on with my RBTA. IT kinda looks like it's budding a growth off the oral disk. See the pictures. What do YOU think?

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Postby Spracklcat » Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:21 am

Weird. I haven't seen that before either. Have you fed it recently?
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Postby mpedersen » Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:14 am

Yes, I think it is indirectly fed regularly. At this point, it covers the entire footprint / surface of a 6 gallon nanocube, so anytime I feed the clownfish, the anemone gets food - probably as much as the clownfish.
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Postby Spracklcat » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:00 pm

Still no idea--but how do you maintain water quality in such a small tank? What fishes are in there?
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Postby mpedersen » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:11 pm

Spracklcat wrote:Still no idea--but how do you maintain water quality in such a small tank? What fishes are in there?


The current fish are an infrequently spawning pair of Black Ocellaris. There used to also be at one point a mated pair fo Neon Gobies, but one of them kicked the bucket in a week, and the other disappeared after a couple years (presumably old age / anemone). While I still had the one neon, and probably before the anemone (I'd have to check my records), I tried a mated pair of Yasha Hase gobies, but one of them jumped right off the bat. I recently sold the other one when I realied it was going to have problems with the ever increasing size of the anemone.

At it's peak, 5 fish in a 6 gallon cube. Currently 2 larger fish. With the anemone's size, at this point any fish going in would be anemone food. I have thought about adding in a pair of anemone crabs or something.

As far as maintiaining water quality, I just do regular 2 gallon water changes.

FWIW,

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Postby traveller7 » Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:29 pm

Hi Matt,

Looks like an injury based on past experience. I had a pair of maroons that were quite abusive to BTAs and years later quite a few deformities, "bubbles", remain on the oral disk, tentacle structure, etc.

Keep and eye on it and document it, but it appears to be physical damage from the pic.

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Postby timthetoolman » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:03 am

Matt, mine does this all the time. It's in a 125 with a very light fish load, so water quality is good, 250w MHs, good flow.

I have stopped feeding mine as they don't need it but I use to feed it silver sides however I don't remember seeing any back then. I might start feeding it again and see if they go away. I have friends with these weird appendages too and they are doing fine.

Sometimes we wonder if it was a clown in it's past life because some of the 'knobs' look like balloon animals :lol:
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Re: RBTA (Entacmaea quadricolor) - Oral Disk Budding?

Postby neman » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:21 am

i have noticed that in newly aquired wild specimens its jsu something that happens .one of the tentacles may have been damaged in the past and thats just the re-growth
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