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Old 06-21-2010, 03:36 PM   #91
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Try replacing those rocks with some base rock. xenias are animals not plants so they give off nitrates like the rest of your corals.
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:43 PM   #92
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I thought I read somewhere that xenias help absorb nitrates and thrive in tanks with a high ph balance ?? Maybe I was dreaming or something..
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I'm not convinced xenia cause or creates nitrates. TC, you might have to find that research and share.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:48 PM   #94
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Austinsdad, reread my post. I did not say that the cause nitrates but in a way they do by releasing ammonia and P03 into your tank. They are diffenently animals and as such release waste into the system.
Read this:Xenia Corals, Aquarium Corals: Aquatic Connection
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:14 PM   #95
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It was once thought that they helped controlled nitrates, or would only pulse in high nitrate systems or blah blah blah. just recently have we really found out more about these animals. TC's link has some good info.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:09 PM   #96
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well lets pretend that they help remove nitrates..
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:31 PM   #97
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Some new pics of tank..

Not much going on really. Just added some small frags.

Xenia frag was only about 1" when I got it. I know alot of people don't like them, but I enjoy them.



Small mushroom frag. Nothing big or spectacular.






Some greenish zoas



Clove polyps, had a hard time getting these boogers to stay on the rock.

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Old 06-26-2010, 07:38 PM   #98
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Some times you have to put the frag in a small tupperware like container with some rubble rock and put some kind of netting on top so the frag don't float away and let the frag anchor itself or you could use a rubberband too. looks like you are on your way to a nice tank.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:07 AM   #99
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I was at the LFS yesterday, kicking myself because I didn't buy a 40 gallon breeder instead of my 38.

TC, yeah that rock was real pourous, so I kinda just smashed them into one of the holes. It took very well and attached itself in about 4 days or so. I kept alot of the flow off that rock so it wouldn't blow away.

LFS also had a really nice Fu Manchu lionfish. Very pretty fish with nice coloration. I can't feed it live fish, so thats out of the question right now.

I did add 5 scarlett hermits because I hear they love to eat HA. I have a total of 8 hermits and 2 snails. Somone said they have 5 hermits for each gallon in tank, is that too many ??
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Imo, more then a couple of hermits is to many. It is far better to have more snails then hermit. I have more then 100 nerite snails in my tank and just 3 Hermits.
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