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Old 11-24-2014, 02:04 AM   #1
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Xenia coral healthy but with bumps on the stalk?

My xenia coral has been in my tank for 7 weeks now and has been doing great but i have noticed some white bumps coming up on one of the stalks. Is this a problem i should be treating? Tested water paramaters today and all is well. Any thoughts?


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Old 11-24-2014, 05:03 AM   #2
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Some pics would be nice. Do you have any fish in with the xenia? What kinds? Are the white bumps near the base of the coral? Because if they are you may be seeing the sclerites, which are the sort of filamentous, rigid bone-like structure that many soft corals rely on for shape. Fish sometimes brush up against the Xenia and wear down the outer later so that the sclerite is visible. Other times, the water contains either too much or too little of a certain element that causes a similar effect. Those are really just guesses for the time being. Pics really would help.
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:33 AM   #3
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ID:	256551 this is the xenia it is healthy and looking good fully stretched and pulsing. Water parametrs zeros across the board and i have 2 snowflake clowns and a bar goby right now plus a cleanup crew in. 38 gallon tank


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Old 11-25-2014, 04:14 AM   #4
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Looks nice and healthy - meaning that it's not a sclerite issue. have you noticed either of your clowns brushing up against it? That can cause lesions on the coral dermis. If not, might I ask how long you've had your tank running? Is the Xenia a new introduction? Sometimes white bits like that indicate a lack of some crucial trace elements.
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I havent seen my clowns brush against it and ive had the tank about 2 months


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Old 11-25-2014, 08:55 PM   #6
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The xenia is about 1 week new


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Old 11-27-2014, 12:39 AM   #7
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Maybe the fact that it's new would explain it. Back when I had my Xenia, it had white patches like that when I put it in the tank. Hopefully it'll clear up. There's not much you can do, other than keep water parameters pristine if it's not affecting growth then I wouldn't be too concerned. Keep your eye on it, though.
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Do you dip your corals before they go in the tank?


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Old 11-27-2014, 04:17 AM   #9
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Personally, I never have, but I've heard lots of good reviews on SeaChem coral dip, Revive, and CoralRX. Perhaps, when I have more money for new frags, I'll try out some dips. see how your Xenia is doing in a week or so, and then maybe try dipping it.
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I did not dip and i woke up this morning and the dots were gone so thats good news


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