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Old 04-24-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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Are Xenias "Pests"?

Well I recently (a few hours ago) Aquired a ton of rock with a bunch of Xenia on it. Will it become a pest or will it spread slowly.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:58 PM   #2
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It depends on how you view it some view it as invasive pests .. while others like it .. I have some that has NOT spread hardly at all I have had if for 6 months.. It does like a dirtier tank ... and is a beneficial filter feeder .. If you see it spreading you can take it out and scrub it off or sell it back to your LFS for store credit (if they do that )
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:22 PM   #3
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Yes, it all depends if you can grow it well or not.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:37 PM   #4
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Will it bug Zoas? I got a good 50+polyps of green and eagle eye.
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:03 PM   #5
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It can .. One thing I failed to say and TC hit on it was that some can not for what ever reason grow xenia
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It depends on how you view it some view it as invasive pests .. while others like it .. I have some that has NOT spread hardly at all I have had if for 6 months.. It does like a dirtier tank ... and is a beneficial filter feeder .. If you see it spreading you can take it out and scrub it off or sell it back to your LFS for store credit (if they do that )
I'd have to disagree about xenia liking a dirty tank. They almost demand a pristine tank to thrive. i have a lot of Xenia. I started with a little piece that i purchased. It grows nonstop, and I harvest it and sell it to my LFS every month or so
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:06 AM   #7
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To me the only coral that is a "pest" is STAR POLYPS! They grow like WEEDS, and when they spread too far, it's difficult to "Trim" them back, You can't just peel them off the rock, it rips in tiny pieces. 1/2 my tank is Star polyps now and the only way I was able to controll them was to put an Anenome on each size of them, I call it "Natural" weed controll. The Anenome's happily sting the ends of the Star Polyps and keep them from spreading any more!

As for Xenia's They grow pretty fast in my system (I have a very clean tank, I have NEVER had Nitrates, Nitrites, Ammonia, Phosphate, etc. But they love my tank. If/when they grow/spread too far, I just pluck them off the rock and either throw them out, or sell them to the LFS. They come right off the rock, so no biggie.

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I love my Blue Pumping Xenia. It grows extremely fast.....which I frag and trade in. If it didn't grow so fast I would still love it. But it and my Colt corals grow so fast they make great trade ins. I keep a small frag of each and I trade huge sections of them every 3-4 months or so.

My lfs loves them.
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Here is my Xenia back in January


This is today...

In very Crystal Clear Water.... and no they do not bother Zoanthias, Well at least mine don't... I love my Xenia they are growning a little out of control but there is always ways of getting rid of them. You can post it on a local forum as Free Xenia or Sell them as $10 a Stalk... it's up to you on what you what to do with them... IMO...
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Yes it is your own choice as to what you do with the harvest. Awesome you can sell it. Even better yours look happy if someone wants a stalk let em have it if they are being pesky.
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