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Old 02-22-2011, 09:50 PM   #1
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I have some pulsating and blue xenia that are getting out of control.

Guys, I have some pulsating and blue xenia that are getting out of control. They are budding and I find polyps everywhere..... I really like my main pieces and dont want to get rid of these. Is there anything that you all recommend that i do? Should i just pick up all the buds i see?
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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Sell them. Epoxy frag tiles next to the ones you don't want, they will attach, them sell them on craigslist or to a LFS.

You can also just tear them off and throw them away.

Put them in your refugium, they can be used for nutrient export just like macroalgae.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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They are budding off though and i find them in little nooks and crannies. I have traded some but I do not want them all over.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:05 PM   #4
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remove the entire rock they are on and toss it in the sump, now before it's too late!
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will they really get that bad?
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:14 PM   #6
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eh..they can. i had them in my tank for a while-
here was my 195 back in '09


you can see it on the side panes, and totally taking over basketball sized rocks. i eventually had to sell off a lot of my live rock and replace it with new stuff.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:16 PM   #7
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Hmmmm. Well then what would you recommend If I like that sort of look? I am a bit afraid to get a goni yet (my set up is 75g u top with a 30g sump) and has only been going for about 7 months.
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if you like xenia, then you are in a great position, because you are going to have a lot of it very soon!
LOL.
seriously though, if you like xenia, then that's what i would recommend. i personally am a fan of LPS. duncans, candycane, blastomussa, lobophyllia, dendrophyllia. they don't grow as fast because they build a calcium based skeleton, but they never cease to impress me.

what about zoanthids? they can cover a rock. if you buy some high end ones, they are worth big money when you are ready to trim back the overgrowth.
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I have a good bit of zoas....well 5 morphs, war coral lps, candycane, sinularia sp. yellow polyps, and a pagoda. Do gonis grow fast?
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they don't because they too build a calcium based skeleton. they are also not very hardy. what about an encrusting gorgonian like GSP? you can just peel that stuff off the rock in a mat.
check out encrusting hydnophora. that's a pretty cool looking stony coral.
how about montipora?
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