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Old 06-03-2004, 12:39 PM   #1
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About to OD on GSP!

Well, I cant ignore the problem anymore. My green star polyps have ended the cold war and are mobilizing their forces to conquer my upper reef slope. Is there something I can do to fence them in? Perhaps some other coral I can colonize around them?
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Old 06-03-2004, 03:50 PM   #2
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I would not encourage coral warfare. It will not just affect the GSP but could also affect other corals in the tank. I would instead suggest fragging the GSP back or possibley placing smaller pieces of rock as a "breaker" for them to grow on. You can then cut the GSP and remove those frags to sell. Why not make some money on them.

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put um in my tank. lol Mine have not spread since i put them in 8 months ago.
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put um in my tank. lol Mine have not spread since i put them in 8 months ago.
Increase the water flow over them. They spread much faster. Just be sure the flow goes in the same direction you want them to grow.

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Steve this is a little of topic but I have a 20h gallon and I place my power head way up about an inch away from the black rim because I had it about halfway and my fish started to fade and not be as active so I figured they were swimming to hard. My PH is 152 gph do you think this is appropiate for my size of tank 20h gal. and what do you think about the positioning of it.
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The GPH of the powerhead and positioning is fine. I would actually suggest you add another. It's more likely the flow is circular instead of a more chaotic flow. I would suggest adding another at the opposite end pointing towards each other or so the flows at least cross each other. It will give a more turbulent flow and less stressful on the fish believe it or not.

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Thanks I will order another from this guy on ebay where I got the first one. It is a viaaqua, he sells them for $9.
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steve-s, I know nothing of saltwater stuff, I just read them for fun, and occasionally if I can think of something I'll say it... but I was curious, you said increased flow would help spread them... Would decreased flow help keep them from spreading? just a thought
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Actually it's more "directed flow" than the total amount. Decreasing the flow intensity in a certain area can be accomplished by adjusting powerhead positioning. The overall flow within a tank needs to remain optimum. It might stem the growth in a certain direction but the GSP would just do a 180. YOu may just end up trading problems but it's a good suggestion.

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yea, I blast my GSP they bend and sway like kites in a hurricane and they are thriving from it, I think im just going to frag them. When I added them to the tank I made sure to place the mat on a rubble pile, so cut backs will be easy. They are some of the brightest and longest extended GSPs I have ever seen, so finding people to take the frags shouldn't be too hard
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