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Old 04-27-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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Just cant seem to keep pulsing xena!!!

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?
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:57 AM   #2
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I know I was told I couldn't have any xenia until I got my phosphates levels down, do you have phosphates in your tank? Just a thought.

I have a $5 frag of xenia that is actually doing really well. I hear alot of people have issues with the xenia for whatever reason, and it's usually people who totally have their tanks and acts together.

Good luck though!
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have you done any tests on your water?
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My water is fine. I tried this before about 2 months ago. I had a little more success that time, it lasted about a week, but it still went to nothing.

I will do some extensive testing and post my results!
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then its probably lighting or water flow. I have mine towards the top right infront of my return pipe blowing across and they are spreading like crazy
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How are you acclimating them?

They HATE change. This is probably the coral I would take the longest, by far, to acclimate. AT LEAST 45 minutes of acclimation is required IME to give them the best chance of settling in well. Even once in the tank they will probably be the first to show signs of temp or salinity changes.
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When I first put mine in they stayed closed and did nothing for weeks. After awhile they came around and now pulse like crazy and are spreading.

I didn't know about acclimation on them, I just temp acclim and in it went.
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Yeah it can be tricky at first but if u just give it time in the tank you will be surprised . It may even be weeks b4 u see it open up. Don't count it out yet.... Xenia does tend to like "dirty" water. You should place it about the middle of the tank and let it sit for 2 weeks. Try your best not to disturb it.
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Yes, looking at it today it hasn't got any worse though it is fully closed up. It's still white in color and a close inspection it still seems intact. It was a daily healthy specimen when I got so I guess I'll just wait!

Watch this space!!

Do most corals take a few days to 'come out of their shell' so to speak ?
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Be aware that xenia is a very mysterious coral. I've seen and hear of pristine tanks where xenia just didnt do well. Othere did fine. I've also seen and read about other, less than perffect tanks where it thrived. IME, there seems to be no logic to it.

Also, keep in mind that I've experienced and seen others where xenia does well and the owner began to wish it didn't do so well afterall. I think of it as a weed that can get on ones nerves if it does well.

Keep up on your water changes to provide needed iodine - but I am not a fan of dosing iodine.
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