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Old 10-25-2004, 09:52 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by clowninround
Could this be the reason my xenia isn't pulsing? They are multiplying (slowly) but not pulsing. They open when the light comes on and close when it goes off. It seemed really weird to me since all my corals are doing so great. Yes, it is IO, I have never switched brands, ever.
"Off" chemistry can often be the root of many problems but Xenia is one of those who knows corals. I have tried everything recommended from higher alk, lower temps to the iodine myth. None have any real affect and I find much of the evidence coincidental. I maintain my chem in the middle of NSW and have found my Xenia multiply quite well and pulse as they should. Stick to nature and she'll keep you on the straight and narrow

If your Xenia has never pulsed, then you should be prepared for the chance they never will. Some species of Xeniids never actually do and those that do may never start once they stop. That's not to say they can't. (almost a brain twister)

Also, I just added new lights, I have them coming on for 4 hours/day and then just the atnics for the rest of the day (9 hours total). Went from 4 watts to 7 watts/gal of VHO.I know that the lights probabally have nothing to do with it, I just wanted to know if this was enough lighting and the correct way to acclimate.
That's actually fine but you could leave the actinics on the full "normal" length of the photoperiod and have the whites come on where the middle of the photoperiod would be. Then every few days just add a ½ hr to one end of the cycle alternately until you eventually reach the desired regular cycle.

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Old 10-26-2004, 11:32 AM   #12
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Thanks for all your help! I will follow your recommendations

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Female Naso "Isabell" or "Izzy", Emperor Angelfish, Flame Angel, Red Sea Sailfin tang "Bambi", Maroon Clown "Nani", 5 Chromis, 1 Aglae Blenny "Bengi" , Yellow Watchman Goby, pr of Banggai Cardinals, Lyretail Anthia, Six Line Wrasse

1 cleaner shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp, lettuce nudibranch, 1 sand sifter stars, 1 tiny red brittle star "red", 1 tiny red and white banded serpent star, 2 tiny banded serpent stars, small orange Linkia starfish, assorted hermits and snails. Corals: star polyps, A ton of different types of mushrooms, yellow zooanthids, brown-orangish and light blue paly's, orange ricordia.

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