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Old 10-25-2012, 11:32 PM   #1
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Pulsing Xenia

Why are my xenias doing poorly ? For the first 3 weeks they were great it seemed, now they are fully constricted and look pitiful. I moved them towards light source as a last act of a desperate man, which also has good water flow. The water temp is at 78.5, is that too high ?
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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The water temp is fine. What kind of lights do you have?
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:00 AM   #3
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Maybe you have too much light. GSP like high light and high flow, but xenia like moderate flow & lighting.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:09 AM   #4
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Maybe you have too much light. GSP like high light and high flow, but xenia like moderate flow & lighting.
I just found that out. I recently switch from 120w leds to 120w leds with optics and my xenia started dying. Then i put my old leds back on and the next day they already showed improvement.
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Xenia very hardy, put it on a rock and it will grow onto it and develop heads and branches. Mine almost dissolved fully, and i gave up on it. Then one day i found it stuck to a LR and starting to pulse. They tolerate nitrates, and dont like too much light. Place at a base of a rock and it will grow upwards on it

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Old 10-26-2012, 12:31 AM   #6
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Some people can keep it others can't. It's a mystery as to why it is like that but it is. I have mine in high ligh high flow (on my spray bar at the waters surface so like literrally 5" from a tek elite 6 bulb), low flow low light, and everything inbetween while still growing like wild fire in ever position of the tank. Here's a couple pics of it on my spray bar and underneath my overhang on the sand bed.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:36 AM   #7
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That's amazing that they don't melt or anything. They're higher than your SPS!
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That's amazing that they don't melt or anything. They're higher than your SPS!
Much lol.. I just moved earlier this month and being on the spray bar that means it was out of the water for nearly 5 hours on October first. I lost 3 stalks but about 8-10 more survived so ya.... It can live thru A LOT lol
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That's insane! Crazy how hardy some of these organisms are!
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Xenia very hardy, put it on a rock and it will grow onto it and develop heads and branches. Mine almost dissolved fully, and i gave up on it. Then one day i found it stuck to a LR and starting to pulse. They tolerate nitrates, and dont like too much light. Place at a base of a rock and it will grow upwards on it

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I have a 125 gallon tank ful, some are on the bottom and some are 6 inches under 2x250 MH, they adapt and thrive in very different conditions. But like other said the thrive or die. You can also have a tank full and make no changes to your setup and they will melt away in 2 weeks. Wait 6 months and they will thrive again.
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