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Anemone meet Vortech

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    Default Anemone meet Vortech

    When I checked on my tank this evening I noticed the vortech dry side was hanging from the zip tie along side of the tank. On closer inspection, what I found was what was left of my new green BTA inside of the Vortech wetside.

    Not sure the nem will make it...only a bit wasn't ground to a pulp. But I guess the bigger question is, is this normal for the pump to disconnect from the wetside if something like this happens? It could present a bigger problem than a ground up anemone if you were out of town for awhile when it happened...no flow.

    Also, I post this as a warning to make sure your dry sides have their safety cord as EcoTech recommends or it could it the floor. For a long time I didn't have mine connected. I'm glad I did today.
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    larryandlaura - Reefkeeper
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    Dang that sucks sorry to hear Jim!
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    Jarred1 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Yikes I am sorry for what happened
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    I would not be surprised if the anemone made it. Keep us posted.

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    I normally keep the sponge guard on the vortech, but it was falling apart so I took it off...need to find a new one. I wasn't overly worried cause I hadn't had any nems moving around on the top area of the glass. But forget all about it when I added this latest BTA...I've had it for at least a month and only recently did it decide to come out from under the rock it crawled under when I unboxed and added it to my tank.

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    I would not be surprised if the anemone made it. Keep us posted.
    Do you think I should cut the damaged tissue off or just leave it alone?

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    MizTanks - Reefkeeper
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    I'm sorry for you loss Jim. Hope it pulls through.
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    Tom@HaslettMI - Reefkeeper
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    Yikes! That is a bummer. My guess is that it is normal for the torque between the wet and dry side to cause the two to disconnect. However, I have never owned a Vortec so I'm really just guessing on that.

    On the bright side you may have hundreds of tiny BTAs soon!


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    you know? its easy to lose something in this hobby......no matter how careful you are. sorry to here it.

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    cbau45 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    If it doesn't make it Jim just let me know and i'll hook you up with a new GBTA. I have quite a few of them now so i'm sure I can spare one for ya
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    nate_newton - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Its not normal that they separate. What I suspect is that the anemone got the wetside off of it's center. As you know when there not centered up there's some vibration, and it lost its strong magnetic connection. One good test is to make sure it shuts off when separated. I knocked mine off once and it didn't shut off.

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