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Old 02-17-2004, 08:55 AM   #1
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Xenia temperatures

I've heard several times that Xenia must stay below 80 degrees F or they will begin shedding and die if not brought back below 80. Is this total nonsense? Are people just giving an extra conservative figure?
I mentioned it in another thread and was shown a photo of waving fields of xenia growing at 82-83 degrees (btw nice pic BangGuy 8) ).
So what's the deal?
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IMO, total nonsense.
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Old 02-17-2004, 11:19 AM   #3
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thanks, Hara.
guess i'll turn my heater back up ...
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:09 PM   #4
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My Xenia is in a tank right now that is 81.8 I have never had any problems.. IMO it is complete Nonsense as well..


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Old 02-17-2004, 06:54 PM   #5
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There are a few water parameters in your tank that are temperature dependant, specific gravity, ph and O2 saturation. It is possible that in your tank (you mentioned in the other thread that you experienced problems at 80) the increased temp caused one of your other parameters to fall to an area that made the xenia unhappy, or the temp change occurred to quickly. When I kept xenia, I kept it at 82F.
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What should the specific gravity and PH level be for xenia to thrive.

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My xenia like 1.025- 1.026, higher PH 8.3 and seem to thrive when the alkalinity is toward the higher end of the spectrum. Mine do great even when my old tank got to 86!!
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It's weird, my gravity was just above 1.026 and my xenia started to look very weak and start to slightly curl. Oh well, we'll see what happens.
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It's weird, my gravity was just above 1.026
measured with? If it's measured with a hydrometer, it may be much higher, when I go my refractometer my swing arm hydrometer was reading .003 lower than it was.
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According to Anthony Calfo, xenia will do well at 1.025. Also, from the same source, they like the pH at about 8.3. His experience was that they would quit pulsing when the pH dropped much below 8.3.
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