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got it. I am going to set up a small (10g) tank just for them....

 

Why would you do that when there are so many other far more colorful and interesting cool/cold water small anemones.....not to mention the many far more interesting coldwater small fish ??? seems a waste to me to solely display Waratahs.

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I have seen some very bright red waratahs. I am not trying to get the brown ones, even though that is probably what they will end up as. What would you recommend for a small, high color inhabitant? Keep in mind, 10g tank max.

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I have seen some very bright red waratahs. I am not trying to get the brown ones' date=' even though that is probably what they will end up as. What would you recommend for a small, high color inhabitant? Keep in mind, 10g tank max.[/quote']

 

 

First of all.....since you know Waratahs are coldwater, I'm assuming that you want to set up and maintain a coldwater nano and are not planning on keeping Waratahs at room temperature or higher. If that is the case, there's nothing wrong with Waratahs....but, as the sole anemone....well, that's just boring when there's a big bad coldwater world out there. Some pics of small, nano sized anemones that I have handy are......

 

 

http://www.oregonreef.com/images/photos/cold_budding%20anemone.jpg

 

http://www.oregonreef.com/images/photos/cold_strawberry%20closeup.jpg

 

http://www.oregonreef.com/images/photos/cold_blue%20anemone.jpg

 

http://www.oregonreef.com/images/photos/cold_brooding%20anemones.jpg

 

 

 

 

Some coldwater fish that work for a nano....

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/steveweast/catalina4.jpg

 

http://www.seaotter.com/marine/research/eumicrotremus/orbis/pics/orbis4.jpg

 

http://www.oregonreef.com/images/photos/cold_gruntsculpin.jpg

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COReefer:

on the right? I like that.

 

Steve:

You drive a hard bargin with those fancy pic's of yours. Would a 36g be sufficient? Big hope here but IF I can get "clearance" to upgrade my current tank I could love to start something different with ALOT more color then what I currently have.

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I would need bigger tank no?

 

 

 

Not at all....all the anemone pics that I posted are equal or smaller than a Waratah. You just have to have a setup that maintains water temperature and quality. If you go to the biotope section on nano reefs, you see several nano coldwater tanks (although most are under-whelming)....but, small workable tanks none the less.

 

The real challenge is getting the stock since none will find their way through the warm water trade....but, you live in the PNW.....so, there all at your doorstep.

 

 

This whole scene could fit into a 10 -20 gal tank. (although the starfish would probably need a bigger tank)

 

http://www.oregonreef.com/images/photos/cold_blue%20star.jpg

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Steve- What is the blue is the third picture? You have stumped the science teacher. LOL

 

http://www.oregonreef.com/images/photos/cold_blue%20anemone.jpg

 

Is it from local waters?

 

dsoz[/quote

 

 

It is a blue morph of Phymactis papillosa. It is common to the cooler waters of southern Chile. They sometimes make their way through the warm water trade. The last time they came through the U.S. was about 3 years ago. I was fortunate to get one at the time....but, sold it to a dive buddy of mine when I broke down my cold tank. Now that I have my cold tank back....I'm trying to get them again. Hard to get....but, worth the effort....I've never seen anything so blue before.

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i kept a waratah anemone in my tropical tank for years...with a chiller but temp was always 80 degrees +/- a few. I had it approx 3 years and i know the person before me had it at least 1. it was about 1.5-2 inch wide at max, cherry red, and very very sticky. ate like a champ, loved freeze dried krill. The only down side was it loved the glass and was very very hard to get off of it.

 

i am about to graduate OSU with a degree in zoology and it wouldnt be something i would recommend keeping persay, but i will attest that it can be done. i would say its best to get one already in captivity. not a wild caught one if possible.

 

But im in agreement with steve, there are many much more colorful things out there to be kept in a cold water tank, and this is probably more ethical too.

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