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    Is anyone here keeping a Stichodactyla gigantea?

    I am interested in their experience with this tricky anemone.

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    I am. Hardest anemone on the planet to keep.

    Once acclimated it can be quite easy (sometimes). Lol

    At times, it seems some are a lot more tolerant than others. If you keep one long enough you will understand.

    They like a lot of light and flow, but need to be acclimated to the light.

    When they have a bacterial infection, they respond to both Cipro and Septra DS. I've had more luck with Septra DS.

    Keeping the water prestine while treating is vital.
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    How long have you had yours? I've heard they are hard to keep alive more than 3-5yrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezebeetle View Post
    How long have you had yours? I've heard they are hard to keep alive more than 3-5yrs.

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    This one I've had about a month, because my tank is only 3 months old.

    In the right conditions, they can thrive for years. I have two friends that both have more than 5 that they've kept for years.

    Very challenging if you do not test and you're a new reefer.

    Think of them as an unforgiving Acro, yet triple that....but then after acclimated...they can do very well and actually become more tolorant of abnormal conditions.

    When their tents get long, you are heading in the right direction. They are usually acclimated when you see significant tent extension. It almost looks like hair! The key is very stable tank with minimal changes. Just like an acropora tank.

    In the videos below, I'll show you the difference. BenDelat has had this one since 2012 (1st video). 2nd video is the same anemone last year in 2016. You'll notice that he's fully acclimated and tripled in size due to feedings. If you prefer your anemones to stay small. Do not feed or feed very little.


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    Thanks Jared - where did you pick up the Septra DS? I have been treating a blue gig with Cipra and it seems to have responded well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandarin417 View Post
    Thanks Jared - where did you pick up the Septra DS? I have been treating a blue gig with Cipra and it seems to have responded well.

    Septra is also know as Bactrim. The DS means "double strength."

    Septra DS has two different antibiotics. It has 160 mg of trimethoprim and 800 mg of sulfamethoxazole.


    It works just like Cipro but it's slightly different. Seems to work well with carpets IMO. Both Cipro and Septra have a very broad gram negative coverage.

    I get my Septra DS here:

    http://www.fishmoxfishflex.com/index.php/fish-sulfa-forte.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandarin417 View Post
    Thanks Jared - where did you pick up the Septra DS? I have been treating a blue gig with Cipra and it seems to have responded well.

    Where did you score the blue gig?
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    I picked up the gig at ocean life a couple of weeks ago. I also just purchased a bleached gig from my local Petco that is now turning yellowish green in just a couple of days in the hospital tank under LEDs.

    So are you using one tablet of Septra DS/10 gallons of water?
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    Yeah, I use one tablet to 10 gallon. The DS is strong, it's better to start with half IMO if the gig isn't too sick.

    I'm surprised Petco had one. bleached yellow is a green gig.
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