Xenia ~ what makes it thrive?

Discussion in 'Soft Corals' started by pink4miss, Apr 21, 2011.

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  1. alpha_03

    alpha_03 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    BTW - smell the coral out of the water before you buy it. if it smells like strong saltwater- your good to go, if it smells other wise pass it by.
     
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  3. alpha_03

    alpha_03 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    In time, no skimmer, you will regret that decision. Been there done that route, IMHO- no matter the tank size.

    It's all about O2 - consider this.
     
  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nahh I have done it both ways, still have my very first skimmer.

    Small bio-load
    Careful feedings
    Routine water changes
    High flow

    There was a time when you leaned to run a system without a skimmer, I just got used to it. Having a skimmer on my tanks really did not make a huge difference, I know not to push it and how to avoid accumulation of DOC.

    Skimmers are wonderful and I will have one when I upgrade.
     
  5. thebanker

    thebanker Astrea Snail

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    Nitrates do feed Xenia IME. I employ a refugium and biopellets, and my Xenia grows slowly.

    Also, I believe that high heat can trigger a Xenia crash. I had a colony crash to 50%, and I attribute it to the water temperature being too high.
     
  6. pink4miss

    pink4miss Panda Puffer

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    i just started with the bio pellets and the tanks at the point were it seems like every other day when i test im seeing a slight drop in nitrates. i started to feed the corals with fuel also since my skimmer is pulling so much from the tank. i felt feeding the corals the extras would be a good idea at this time. i wonder if that would also help with xenia? its why im considering trying one more time.

    i figured the heat triggered it but now why months later will it still not grow? i have used carbon to remove toxins it may have left when it crashed. and recently started removing my leathers from the tank spag leather , toadstool....gone i pulled them. i have a colt coral thats in the fug. that i will take to the fish store for a credit . hoping that the next xenia try will work.
     
  7. Zoanthids21

    Zoanthids21 McKoscker’s Flasher Wrasse

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    Try different types of xenia also..

    Pom pom xenia
    Red sea
    Elongata
    blue xenia
     
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  9. Zander

    Zander Spaghetti Worm

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    I know this is really weird, but I had a similar issue with my Xenia growing really slowly. I bought the Xenia Pom Pom online and it was hurting forever then it bounced back and now it is going back to falling apart.

    I also have a Xenia that was a hitch hiker on my trumpet coral seriously a spec of xenia on it, and it is growing faster than my other. Go figure.

    Interesting convo I had with an exp. Xenia coral farmer and she had told me that she has seen Xenia turn into a paste on the rock and bounce back 2 months later so don't toss it.

    I think when the colony takes a beating it doesn't quite bounce back the same until it dies and comes back.

    My tank specs: Skimmer/Chemipure Elite/Fuge/79 deg temp and 0 Nitrates
     
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    Zoanthids21 McKoscker’s Flasher Wrasse

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    I have also heard, if it crashes and comes back..IT comes back stronger and grows faster..
     
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    aw1447 Montipora Capricornis

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    I have a skimmer and run carbon and I have xenia thats been growing like a weed. All I have is a pep shrimp in the tank right now livestock wise.. Not counting other corals..
     
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  12. pink4miss

    pink4miss Panda Puffer

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    i had three types in my tank when it crashed. the one type went first than the next one followed than my favorite :( in three days t was gone. my fav was the one pictured on live aquaria. im thinking i might just try that one again and no others. i did try the one that started the crash again because it was cheap from the local fish store. where they frag it. it withered away in a few weeks time