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Anemones in a Puffer Tank?

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Just bought an Anemone which I am acclimatising right now, but I am wondering what will happen if I put it in my Puffer Tank, i.e. will they attempt to eat it?

Tank Mates are a Ceylon Puffer, Guineafowl Puffer and an Emperor Angel.
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I can't imagine they'd taste good. What species? What kind of lighting do you have?
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Pufferpunk wrote:I can't imagine they'd taste good. What species? What kind of lighting do you have?
It is a Snakelock Anemone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakelocks_anemone, also I have regular T5 Lighting, but at the moment the Anemone is in my sump as I am not sure whether they will eat it yet?
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I'm really curious about this as well. I did read one post through the search on this forum that the puffer would be curious about the anemone and get hurt or killed when it stung them but I can't offer any first hand info xD Sorry!
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I have one in with my gsps. They pick at pretty much everything else but stay clear of the anemone. When I first put it in one of my puffers was really curious with the nem so he went up to it giving it the look around until one of the tentacles came around and touched him. The little guy went ballistic, darting around the tank for a good ten seconds until he went back to normal. Within minutes my other gsp got curious with the same exact outcome. I kind of felt bad but it was one of the funniest things I have seen them do so i couldn't help but laugh. Needless to say neither of them go near the nem anymore. It's been six months problem free.
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briguy44 wrote:I have one in with my gsps. They pick at pretty much everything else but stay clear of the anemone. When I first put it in one of my puffers was really curious with the nem so he went up to it giving it the look around until one of the tentacles came around and touched him. The little guy went ballistic, darting around the tank for a good ten seconds until he went back to normal. Within minutes my other gsp got curious with the same exact outcome. I kind of felt bad but it was one of the funniest things I have seen them do so i couldn't help but laugh. Needless to say neither of them go near the nem anymore. It's been six months problem free.

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Large Arothron puffers can easily destroy anemones. This does not happen always, but has occured. Anemones become interesting to puffers as soon as they have caught some food.

Small puffers (small GSPs for example) can be caught and eaten by large anemones with a potent sting.
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I don't like the idea of anemones in a puffer tank, or vice versa. NIMFT.
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well i dont have experience with your specific puffers but my porcupine puffer lives happily with a carpet and long tentacle anemone. he never goes near them let alone try to eat them. he did get stung by my carpet once and he was fine but now he is much more careful when swimming near it lol.

the only thing i can think of is that if the puffers can get to the base of the anemone they might attack it where it cant sting. both of my anemones bases are hidden in the rocks where the puffer couldnt get to them even if he wanted to.

its always a game of chance with these things and sometimes you win, sometimes you dont.
you could try putting the anemone in and just keep a very careful eye on it and if the puffers start looking at it funny (you know when they get all cross eyed lol) you could put it back into the sump. i dont know about your puffers but mine goes cross eyed and its the funniest thing ive ever seen.

anemones are partially photosynthetic but both of mine are under less than one watt per gallon of T5s and they look great. i feed them chunks of silver sides every other day.

hope this helps and just keep in mind whats best for your livestock. :)
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My puffer sampled a mushroom and hated it. Has never done it again. So at lest i can decorate my tank a little bit with shrooms. I wouldnt put anything that could sting my puffer in my tank. Sounds mean to me.
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Re: Anemones in a Puffer Tank?

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My son just put one in his tank..3 days later...both his puffer Fred and his angel were dead. He said he checked and bought a non stinging type but, thats the only conclusion to both fish being dead at the same time. Either that or they release a toxin.
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Re: Anemones in a Puffer Tank?

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They don't release toxins. Only a lot of ammonia if they die. Anemones are extremely sensitive animals. Unless there placed into a long-established, very stable tank, they cannot exist.
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