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Old 02-24-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Pulsing xenia coral

I have had this Xenia for close to 8 months and it has always done wonderful! It even split and a new piece of coral was produced. But for the past two weeks it has shrunken down and will not perk back up. Do these have a shorter life span? The tanks salinity/ph/temp has not changed.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:30 AM   #2
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How old are your bulbs? Even so, xenia is pretty hardy. Mine have lived (not prospered) on what little sunlight gets into the room. How are your nitrates and phosphates?
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:05 PM   #3
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I checked them today, and the values are normal.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:31 PM   #4
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Xenia can either love a tank or hate it. I had some doing great for a long time and apparently it didn't like how often I was doing water changes and started to die back. It was back to one tiny little stock now a few months later and in a different tank it is starting to grow again.
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I have the same issue. I believe my issue though was lack of Iodine.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:34 PM   #6
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I add iodine once a week. The place we get our water from has is in theirs, so I was afraid to add to much. I've read the tests aren't very accurate when testing the iodine.
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If you are adding iodine to the tank, you need to be testing the water for it. You can be adding to much.
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Xenia tends to like dirty ish water ( a little phosphates here and there maybe some nitrates) it's a wired coral. Really I would just leave it alone and see, it took mine 4 months before it grew 4 new stocks
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:59 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the input! I guess I'm going to get a kit for iodine tomorrow, any suggestions on good kits?
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:03 AM   #10
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Finally got an iodine kit, I had to order one online. Even though I've been adding it once a week, it's not even showing up in the test, so I'm adding more and will test it again soon. I'm afraid this is going to cause more algae growth in the tank, I guess there is no getting around this......
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