New kenya tree, not opening up?

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  1. Boywithafishtan

    Boywithafishtan Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Hey everyone,

    For 2 days ago, i got a new kenya tree. I have always loved kenya trees, and always wanted one, and my fish store finally got lots of them now :) Anyway, i put it in my tank, and it just doesnt open up. Its like hanging down on the rocks and doing nothing. I dont know if this is normal for new kenya trees, but i'll make sure to keep you guys updated on how hes doing, but for now hes not doing to well :S Is he just shedding?
     
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  3. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Didn't you post this question yesterday?
    It can take 4-5 days to adjust and open up.


    Give it a few days and all will be well, they are very hardy corals, typically the "pests" are the easy ones. I would classify Kenya trees on top of my Pest list.
     
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  4. diverdan

    diverdan Bangghai Cardinal

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    What type of flow is in the area it is in?
    What lighting was the tree under when you got it, and what type of lighting is he under now? How are your parameters?
    Just trying to narrow it down.
     
  5. Boywithafishtan

    Boywithafishtan Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Yes, i did post a question yesterday, but i'm still kinda worried. I'm always very nervous when getting new things, and cant stress enough to know as much information from as many experienced people as possible :) I hope it will come back, yeah they grow really fast i've heard, but they're really pretty imo :)! Thanks for the help man.
     
  6. Boywithafishtan

    Boywithafishtan Coral Banded Shrimp

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    The lighting the tree is under now is probably the same level as it was in the store, maybe a little bit more powerful, but not alot. It stays in a high lighting spot with high flow. It does not completely get direct impact from the flow from my pump, but its pretty close to it. My parameters are really well, i keep acroporas, montiporas, frogspawn, cladellias, mushrooms, duncans, malu sebae anemone and many other things. The parameters from my last testing 2 days ago is:
    Nitrate -> 0 ppm
    Nitrite -> 0 ppm
    Ammonia -> 0 ppm
    Phosphates -> 0.02 ppm
    Calcium -> 440 - 450 ppm
    Magnesium -> 1350 ppm
    pH -> 8.1

    So all the water parameters are really good, so i hope this guy will open up soon. I've heard that they can be rather sensitive to changes, and moving, and might take some time for them to get used to it. I just hope it will pop out :) Thanks for the help! If you got any other things that might help this coral, i would greatly appreciate it.
     
  7. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    It's not uncommon for some corals to take a while to fully acclimate themselves to their new environment. FTR, my Toadstool took over a month.

    The Kenya Tree is less photosynthetic than most corals and will require being fed microplankton, marine snow, and liquid coral preparations.

    Kenya Tree Coral
     
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  9. Boywithafishtan

    Boywithafishtan Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Yup, already got cyclop-eeze, brine shrimp babies, and marine snow ready for feeding :) My cladellia took a week to acclimate to my system, but it was just shedding. Dont know if kenya trees does that too, but most soft corals tend to be a little slower with acclimation process apparently. It sucks, cause i really wanna see it opened up!
     
  10. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    Keep it low in the tank. They don't like high lighting IMO. Otherwise, just leave it be after that.
     
  11. pgoodsell

    pgoodsell Horrid Stonefish

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    Mine never liked a lot of flow either. Did best in low/med lighting to low/med flow.
     
  12. Biocube

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    Mine is being blasted with a lot of light and it sits next to my MP10 @ 75% power without closing up.