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Old 09-27-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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hey all. i have a large colony of xenia its been in the aquarium about 2 months now. how long does it normally take for it to spread and how to tell if its healthy.. also where is best to put it in the tank.. top (high flow) middle (medium flow) or bottom (low flow)
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:46 AM   #2
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:30 AM   #3
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My xenia traveled on its own to the highest spot in the tank! So I would say put it high. Mine seems to be a steady grower. Does yours pulse? Mine pulses for periods at a time and then not at all...weird! Good luck with yours
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My xenia started spreading in a matter of a few weeks. If I had it to do all over again I would have gotten rid of the one rock a lot sooner that it came in on.
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iam not sure if it pulses.. its on quite a large stalk maybe 2inch and on the end its like a waving hand. its not spread at all and its only stayed on the rock it came on. does it have to be live rock it spreads onto or will it just spread onto any rock
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Xenia are capable of being mobile (probably at a rate of a couple of mm per day if they're not happy at their current position, if their current position is adequate they'll stay where they are). Xenia clones or 'offspring' seem to tend to move away from the 'parent', usually toward higher spots in the tank (probably to get their decent share of the light).

They're also capable of completely detaching and have the water flow carry them to a potentially better place. I'll sometimes find xenia 'orphans' on in an area of the tank completely opposite from the main colony.

They can grow on the sides of the glass and even powerhead cords, so any surface will do. I've got xenia growing on torch coral skeleton.
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they LOVE lots and lots of light
so high up on a rock with med flow is the best
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so will my xenia and other corals only spread onto live rock or will it spread onto non live ocean rock
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so will my xenia and other corals only spread onto live rock or will it spread onto non live ocean rock
It will spread on everything. Ur non live rock will turn live sooner or later anyways
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