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Old 12-27-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Pulsing Xenia Help

Everything in my coral tank is thriving but my pulsing xenia. They are wilting and hardly ever active. Help?Click image for larger version

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Old 12-27-2013, 02:08 PM   #2
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What are the current parameters of the tank, especially alk? Have you tried moving the xenia to a different spot in the tank? These guys are sometimes hit or miss, sometimes unable to grow in some systems for...whatever reason. Even the reason they pulse is sort of a mystery...where the last theory I read is that the pulsing helps with oxygenating the water around them...so I'd want to try a spot with different flow to see if it perks up.
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My parameters are decent. pH: 8.0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate:0 and Ammonia: Between .25 - .50
So ammonia is a little high but I can get that under control. I was told by a guy at my LFS that xenia likes dirty water, is this true?
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It might, but having an ammonia reading is concerning. I'd do a water change to get that level down ASAP. The system was cycled I'm assuming, so was there a large addition of livestock or feeding recently? Something that would overwhelm the bacteria established in the tank.
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