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Old 09-04-2006, 05:36 PM   #1
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Xenia attacking Zoos....kinda!

Well, this AM I woke up and spotted something fishy, or should I say coraly in the middle of my zoanthids.

My xenia has been growing like crazy, and this one stalk had gotten really long, I was trying to get it to grab onto the rock like the rest of the stalks, but it kept hitting and algae convered spot and could not attach....

Wll, it apparently broke off and floated into the middle of my zoos, and attahced itself inbetween them in the middle of the colony! I tried to move it but it is already attached!

My questions is, will they kill each other, or will it be ok?
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Don't know this might be interesting. Anyone want to place bets? The zoos have a palytoxin that is pretty toxic to other corals so they beat the xenia though.
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They might harm eachother or slow eachothers growth, but i'm not too sure.

If you want it off, take a small blade and cut it off and attach it somewhere else.
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cut it off and attach it somewhere else.
Won't the little bit that's left re-grow?
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Old 09-04-2006, 10:09 PM   #5
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Why yes it will! Xenia can be a nuisance like aiptasia if not controlled. Best thing to do is pull the rock out and get as much of the xenia off as you can then crazy glue over the remaining pieces.
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Well, the zoanthids have opened up completely, and have covered the closed stalk of xenia. I can still see it under them, but it is not protruding.

I am gonna let it grow.....I was more concerned about the zoos than the **** xenia. As long as they are stronger, it is all good, I have plenty of xenia. Plus, the LFS has some zoo rocks with xenia heads on them, looks cool.

As long as they dont kill each other and crash my tank, they can do as they please, and let nature take its course.
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My only problem is that if they crash your tank you will not get any warning.
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If you can grab the rouge stalk, you can actually peel it off the rock. And Angelscrx is right. that bit of "jelly" left behind when you cut will grow back.

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As long as they dont kill each other and crash my tank, they can do as they please, and let nature take its course.
Good plan IMO.
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OK...update.

This morning the xenia is no where to be found...I guess it got tired of being stung and detached itself.

It is no where to be found. I plan on doing a more thoughrough search later.

Can a rouge peice of xenia die off, or will it likely attach somewhere and keep growing?

I dont want it to crash the tank if it dies behind some rock. Will the peppermint or hermits eat it if it becomes detrius? It is a very small peice though, maybe the size of a dime closed up.
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