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Old 10-28-2008, 01:48 PM   #1
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button polyps won't open?

This set of polyps opened fine at the LFS but not in my tank, water parameters are good. Maybe lighting? Too much, too little? I have one 20w 50/50 and one 20w straight actinic. Thanks for any help! http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...d/S7303093.jpg
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:53 PM   #2
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They look unhappy. I would say you don't have enough light. How long have they been in the tank. Sometimes Zoas and Palys take a little while to get acclimated to different lighting and tank parameters.
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How long have you had it? If you just added it I would give it a few days to adjust.
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I have had them for about three weeks.
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Ok then with 40 total watts I`m thinking you dont have enough lighting. You really need 3-4 watts per gallon to have enough. I know the WPG rule is vague but with your current lighting you dont have the watts nor do you have intensity or enough par. JMO
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:01 PM   #6
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Thank you for your input, will have to invest in some lighting!
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I'm thinking, since they are stretching and not closer to the rocks, they don't have enough light. Mike and Allen, I am correct? They also don't like tons of direct flow....
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Old 10-30-2008, 01:47 AM   #8
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It may be a flow issue, I put a brighter light on them and they just kinda shrunk up. I do have direct flow on them because of cyano. Any non chemical methods to cure both issues?
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I have zoas in both high and low flow areas with equal results. It all depends on how well the zoas are acclimated to the conditions they are in. I've gotten zoas from online that took weeks to open up and others that were open when I took them out of the box.

You really need more lighting on your system if you plan to keep corals. Check on ebay and craigslist there are always great deals just waiting to be snapped up.
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when ever i added corals to my tank, they look dead for the first few days sometimes a few polyps will dissapear but then after a few days they explode and grow, does anyone recall me super gluing yellow polyps to a rock and one to my finger? well those three yellow polyps have been sitting on small piece of dead coral covered in black slime i have to keep removing, well those three polyps on the bottom of my tank a few months ago have now become 12, yes, 12 full plump polyps and another tiny baby on its way.

however in your case, im asking, do you have any other corals in your tank? if those polyps are the only coral you have and they are not doing so well, there isnt anything to compair it to other then to upgrade your lighting and improve water conditions. this may be out there but if you have a clown fish it may be continuously rubbing against your polyps keeping them closed, i dont care for clows as they seem distructive in my personal and friends exp.

and as far as polyps, can anyone identify these guys?

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id like to get some.
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