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Old 04-27-2011, 12:43 PM   #11
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Xenia is a great filter coral, it can actually be used in a refugium for nutrient export. It does not do well in water that is too clean.

You should not need to add anything like iodine. A high quality salt mix should provide trace elements like this. If you have evidence that something like that is lacking you need to verify this with a test kit and if you truly do need to add it, do so as needed based on testing. Don't just go buy a bottle of iodine and start adding it based on the instructions or a guy at the LFS.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:56 PM   #12
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Like Fishguy said if you are using a quality reef salt then you should not need to dose ioodine.

I started losing some color in my corals and was giving the advice to try Seachem Reef Plus I am usually againts adding something I can't test for but I went ahead and tried it anyway to add amino acids and some vitamins to bring back the color. Wow what a difference all my corals look healthier. I have a 55g and I do 2 5g water changes a week using Red Sea Coral Pro Salt which I love.
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I have the same problem, pristine water quality, hard and soft corals propagating, but Xenia that just shrivels and sits there. I think my water may be too clean. I think they are very intolerant of the other corals in the tank and seem to be the weakest link. Funny it can become a real pest in many systems.
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I was hoping for me to be able to try and get to spread on the back wall of my tank.
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I've had one of mine for three months n seem to be doing fine.. The bigger rock I got from my LFS n the other one was shipped to me from California three weeks ago.... I acclimated for about 40 minutes....
The first pic was taken two months ago n they are bigger now... Pulsating away
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:12 PM   #16
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I'd be glad to buy the xenia ppl don't want lol
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:36 PM   #17
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Hi my second attempt with a pulsing xena has gone as bad as the first!!

I buy them as perfectly happy specimens but as soon as I put them in my tank they shrivel, hide, then fall apart.

Maybe ive been unlucky twice.

Any help?
what is your alk levels at?
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I've never tested alk, I don't have a kit. I do regular water changes with Red Sea Reef salt.
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I to use Red Sea Coral Pro and I really love the new blend! My Alk levels stay between 8-9dkh but my corals seem to like it a little higher like around 11dkh.
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Don't count it out. I got a used set up and it had this little pink pink pulp in it at first I thought it was a pink star polyp or maybe anthelia. It is some kind of xenia it isn't the pulsating one but probably something like the elongated. I knew it was something I wasn't really wanting in my tank and actually tried to kill it. Now it has taken up 1/4 of my tank. I do know that leathers give off a chemical that will kill xenia.
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