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Old 08-12-2011, 12:22 AM   #11
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They seem to stop pumping sometimes in a tank. Not sure if there is a fix to get them going again, but even not pumping, they can spread fast.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:02 AM   #12
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I'm confused is everyone talking about xenia spreading this fast?
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:17 AM   #13
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Depending on type, Xenia usually likes low to med flow. Xenia also prefers no carbon. In my experience, the growth and pulsing slows in tanks that run lots of carbon. Not sure if the Xenia doesn't like carbon, or the carbon removes something Xenia likes. Xenia has been one of the easiest corals to grow for me. Just a pain because it's hard to get rid of eventually.
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Depending on type, Xenia usually likes low to med flow. Xenia also prefers no carbon. In my experience, the growth and pulsing slows in tanks that run lots of carbon. Not sure if the Xenia doesn't like carbon, or the carbon removes something Xenia likes. Xenia has been one of the easiest corals to grow for me. Just a pain because it's hard to get rid of eventually.
Interesting about the carbon I'd never heard of that before. I might have to put some in and see if that slows their growth or not. I'm always chopping out Xenia because it grows so quickly.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:14 AM   #15
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Congrats on your purchase. I love the way it looks in the tank. I would classify myself as a novice and mine is growing great. My dsb kicked in so nitrates have gone away, but it was doing okay when I had nitrates. It is starting to spread now that they are not registering on my test kit.

You can use your nail or something else and scrape the bottom off the rock if they spread where you don't want. I originally was going to have them growing up the glass, but I like the look of them so much I put them right in the middle of the tank! Good Luck.
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It is a lot easier said than done, removing the Xenia. If they grow on the glass, that actually is super easy since they remove cleanly from there. You really have to scrap the Xenia, and maybe a little of the rock off to get it to stop from growing back once it is there.
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It is a lot easier said than done, removing the Xenia. If they grow on the glass, that actually is super easy since they remove cleanly from there. You really have to scrap the Xenia, and maybe a little of the rock off to get it to stop from growing back once it is there.
I use long metal tweezers, they work great at getting under it into the rock. Finger nail on glass or credit card. Yeah, if you leave any it grows back right?
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I use long metal tweezers, they work great at getting under it into the rock. Finger nail on glass or credit card. Yeah, if you leave any it grows back right?
oh yeah, and quickly
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oh yeah, and quickly
Do you kaulk the area?
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Do you kaulk the area?
nope, I've never tried it.
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