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Old 12-15-2010, 12:10 PM   #11
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The reef I maintain has a large Red Sea Pulsing Xenia colony that I regularly frag and it grows back faster than I can sell it. I put in an ATS (Algal Turf Scrubber) which I was told would eventually result in their demise, because they like N and P and without them they will starve. I also heard that they have a limited lifespan or about 2 years, so unless you frag the parent it will eventually die and can release a toxin that will take down your tank. The RSPX do not have the stench that the Waving Hand / Anthelia do, and I think those are also in the Xenia family. Boy do I know what you are talking about. Reminds me of how my hands smell after cleaning a Northern Pike. Eww. The Anthelia don't seems to be affected by the ATS, but I did start over-feeding the tank to keep the Xenia from dying en mass and wiping out the tank.

The Xenia did recede for about a month after installing the ATS, but they're back strong again. So go figure.
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That's interesting. I didn't know that they would release a toxin when they die. I figured that they would just receed and emit ammonia as they died.
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Stinky, slimy mess when you prune it. T-G it's all gone from my tank. LOL at how nice it was to watch that first little frag pulsing.
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mine all died off, and nothing else was effected.
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I wish mine would all die off.

I was like Cmor when I first got it. It was cool to watch the little "hand" open and close. Then it spread....and spread....and spread. Worse than hair algae, in my opinion. At least there are thing that eat hair algae.
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lol..i used to have a camelback shrimp that ate xenia. at the time i was freaking out. little did i know he was a little angel sent straight from king neptune to aid me on my reefkeeping journey!
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I will have to look into a camelback shrimp! Right now I'm fragging and selling for $3 a head...maybe I should start breeding and selling camelback shrimp to all the people who bought the Xenias...LOL
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Three dollars a head? I would almost pay three dollars a head to be rid of it

I will have to research those shrimp
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I did - they eat other softies and leathers also. It's a commonly misidentified as a peppermint shrimp with bad consequences. So I guess that would be a no for me.
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I just googled it. It would not be an option for me either. I have enough problems keeping zoas. LPS and SPS with no problem but a lot of zoas just don't take in my tank
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