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Old 01-06-2012, 03:58 PM   #31
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I wish mine would crash. I pulled out several pieces of live rock yesterday and cleaned a bunch of Xenia's off. That picture was taken afterwards.
Try growing it on purpose. I had a huge head of colt coral mysteriously crash multiple times with no other corals showing any signs of distress. They are a weed, but there are factors that seem to specifically affect them.
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I agree. Xenia was a plague in my tank and then one day it suddenly died off and i was never able to grow it again.
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It grows like a weed in my algae scrubber, but not the main tank. It is even all pulsing like mad.
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I was told yesterday by my LFS that the pulsing xenia pulse more when they are not getting what they need. The pulse to try to pull stuff from the water. If the current is good and the nutrients are in the water they dont pulse as much..true?
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I was told yesterday by my LFS that the pulsing xenia pulse more when they are not getting what they need. The pulse to try to pull stuff from the water. If the current is good and the nutrients are in the water they dont pulse as much..true?
I don't know that I buy that. If you look into it, most folks say their Xenia stops pulsing in the display tank after awhile, while still reproducing. Mine wouldn't grow or pulse in my main reef, but when I put hem in my algae scrubber/refugium, the wave action from the dump buckets really set it off. It only sits inches under the surface and it is all very stocky and numerous. I like it there as the coral is so voracious, it is impossible to imagine a piece of unbeaten food getting past it. I think anytime you can get the organism to behave as it does in the wild, the closer you are to making it happy.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:40 AM   #36
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I don't buy it either.

I have a eutrophic type tank with Xenia that grows visibly daily, it pulses like mad.

I have an oligotrophic tank with a frag that barely survives and never pulses at all.

I can only go from my personal experience so that's all really.
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