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Old 06-02-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Button polyps not growing?

I purchased these button polyps(photo attached). I have had them in my nano (24g jbj led, protein skimmer in 1st chamber, carbon and those acrylic fake live rock in second, upgraded 1200 maxi-jet in return 3rd) all water levels seem very normal however the polyps just arena seem to be growing and some on opening and detaching and latching on in other areas of the tank. Normal or what can I do/help make them healthy. I use substrate called FUEL and coral vite and dose calcium. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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How long have you had them in the tank.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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About two weeks maybe 3.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:43 PM   #4
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What are your parameters? Anything else in the tank effected? How old is the tank?
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:51 PM   #5
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I wouldn't expect to see the colony grow that much in 2 or 3 weeks. If the are releasing and floating around then it sounds like they aren't happy with the location. Zoanthids aren't normally that picky, not too strong light, and not too strong flow with reasonably clean water.

As long as you do regular water changes and keep your calcium and carbonate up the only thing you should ever need to feed them is the occasional fine meaty food. Mine eat the floating leftovers when I feed my fish their frozen carnivore diet. There is always some small bits of mysis and whatnot that they gobble up greedily.

The only things I add to my tank are water, food, pickling lime and vinegar. I have another calcium supplement that I use about once every 3 months. My zoanthids are budding all over, but really don't cover much more surface than the did two months ago.
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Pickeling lime and vinegar?
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:57 PM   #7
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Pickeling lime and vinegar?
A small jar of "kalkwasser" costs $15 at my LFS a big bag of pickling lime costs $2-4 depending on the season and where I can find it. They are the same thing, and the pickling lime is made as a food product so usually is refined to higher standards.

Vinegar is a carbon source to feed denitrifying bacteria and encouraged nitrate removal.
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Got it. Hadn't heard it called pickling lime before, my mistake. The vinegar is pretty acidic, why that rather than a more ph neutral carbon source?
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5% white vinegar isn't that strong of an acid, and something like 24 mL is all it takes to completely convert 1/2 teaspoon of lime into calcium acetate. It makes the incorporation of the calcium easier as it has less tendency convert straight to calcium carbonate and come out of solution. Instead it is more apt to convert to calcium bicarbonate, which we want, and the bacteria get the acetate for energy to break down nitrate.
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How do you dose them?
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