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Remove nem from rock

Discussion in 'Inverts and other Marine Animals' started by Balz3352, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    What are some ideas for removing an anemone from the rock? I have one I want to move from my biocube to my 215 because it's too big for the cube.

    Problem is that its foot is deep in this rock.... Ideas?
  2. Sctip

    Sctip Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D.

    You can try to move the rock around. And the anemone e may move on its own.

    I have heard, never tried, to point a powerheads at it so it moves.

    Move the rock to the larger tank and it might move if it unhappy.

    Sorry that's all the help I am.

    Ask and you may find out, don't ask and you will never know.
  3. Tango

    Tango Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have had good success with pointing a power head at it.

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  4. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Why not just move the entire rock into the 210 and see if the nem will move on its own? If it does then you can put the rock back in the BC, if not then swap another rock into the BC. Probably the least amount of stress on the nem.
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  5. maxthedog2000

    maxthedog2000 Copepod

    I have used the power head method before worked fine but if needed to move faster I have used a turkey baster to gently shoot water into the crevice where the foot is

  6. SkyDiv3r17

    SkyDiv3r17 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Get an air pump and cut the end of the line at a 45 degree angle. Turn in the pump and start using the angled hose to pry under the foot if possible. The bubbles agitate it under its foot aand it will want to release. I have had this work every time within 5 to 10 minutes. It may be harder for you because of its foot being in the rock I would give it a try it I were you!
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  7. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Tried the air line trick... Can't get to the foot.... Just threw a powerhead pointing to it. How long does it usually take for it to move
  8. zinovate

    zinovate Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    How did this work out for you?
  9. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Still can't get him off
  10. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Right now trying to put a piece of rubble over him to make him move his foot maybe... Not really working
  11. zinovate

    zinovate Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I visited Scott Chase a few weeks ago and he said that leaving them out of the water for 20 minutes (if you can) will trigger them to release. (I have no validation personally)
  12. timnem70

    timnem70 Amphipod

    Don't ever do that man. Silly question, is it happy? Doing well and healthy? Why not just leave it alone? I have had a huge gigantea in my 30 gallon going on 8 years now. The pic you took, it looks good where it is.

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  13. timnem70

    timnem70 Amphipod

    Just put the whole rock in your big tank. Or is where it is cause it is happy. On this issue; Wild nems live out of water during tidal flows, ours are usually tank raised and not equipped to take the stress it would go through. I've NEVER heard of that method before and probably for good reason. It would move cause it is struggling to live more than likely. Good luck. Let us know.

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  14. scchase

    scchase Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Been doing it that way for decades, never had a problem or lost one that way yet.
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  15. timnem70

    timnem70 Amphipod

    That's awesome. Just never heard that. Like I said, they live in tidal zones that way so.. Cool.

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  16. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca M.A.S.C Club Member ex-officio

    Yep just like Scott does, I just pull the rock let it hang upside over a bucket and with in 15 mins the nems usually drop right off. Also for stubborn, stubborn nems I have used frozen butter knives and ice cubes to get the foot to release. So......can you pull the rock and then put it back :)
  17. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Well apparently I made the nem mad because he split. Still gonna try to get one off for the big tank.
  18. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

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