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Old 01-18-2013, 11:31 PM   #1
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Clove polyp health and growth

I have some multicolored clove polyps that do not seem to have the best color. The seller said they needed lots of light; my 3 watt LEDs may have toasted them a bit even though they were as low as they could go in the tank. I have them in a less bright part of the tank now. Any advice for their optimal health and growth?
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:30 PM   #2
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A pic would be nice to see


I just bought a clove polyp yesterday too and it opened today. It looks an orange inside and green on the outside for 3 heads it was $20
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I went to my lfs and picked up some pulsing xenia w. zoas on a small frag for $39 - I told the guy my budget was $50 I wanted try and fill my "budget" but I was just looking for a deal lol I said I have 10 more to spend he gave me a small frag of clove polyps 5 heads had hair algae on it came right off, 8 bucks. Didn't open yet, placed on the sand bed - no rock what should I do?
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:42 PM   #4
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A pic would be nice to see

I just bought a clove polyp yesterday too and it opened today. It looks an orange inside and green on the outside for 3 heads it was $20
Sorry that I cannot post picks. The cloves I have may be called lightning clove polyps. They have green centers with orange highlight around the perimeter.
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I went to my lfs and picked up some pulsing xenia w. zoas on a small frag for $39 - I told the guy my budget was $50 I wanted try and fill my "budget" but I was just looking for a deal lol I said I have 10 more to spend he gave me a small frag of clove polyps 5 heads had hair algae on it came right off, 8 bucks. Didn't open yet, placed on the sand bed - no rock what should I do?
If your zoas do not open, you may want to dose with vit C. Reef Central has a very long and useful discussion that has been archived. Some expert recommended Nutribiotic brand sodium ascorbate because it is a vit c compound that has been stripped of the acidity. It caused a bacteria bloom. My tank does much better with Spring Valley brand 500 mg vit C tablets from Wal Mart. It is much cheaper too!
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Did your cloves open yet after dosing vit c?
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Did your cloves open yet after dosing vit c?
The cloves were opened prior yet the bodies of the cloves look bleached out a bit due to too much light. I would like to post pics yet will need a better camera The vit C is mostly for the zoas to help with color and prevent infections yet does not harm the cloves I guess. I have tried not dosing for periods and have not seen a change in the cloves. I believe the problem was too much light.
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My zoas opened on the frag w/ Xenia but I had the clove polyps tucked into the sand bed by a hermit must of moved it out and it was laying on the sand. I tried to stick it in a small crevice ill see what happens when I get home if it didn't get blown off. It opened a little bit couldn't really tell any colors. I've never dosed anything.
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My zoas opened on the frag w/ Xenia but I had the clove polyps tucked into the sand bed by a hermit must of moved it out and it was laying on the sand. I tried to stick it in a small crevice ill see what happens when I get home if it didn't get blown off. It opened a little bit couldn't really tell any colors. I've never dosed anything.
How are the clove polyps doing? Opened up yet?
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Yeah it's hard to find somewhere to put them I know there was like 5 heads on it and I let is slip between a crack near some zoas I have to move it and find a better place. They're nice when open but can barely see them where they are. Not bad for 8 bucks though. Ill move them sometime today and then snap a shot if they open.
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