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Mike 10-19-2010 07:56 PM

Pulsing xenia isn't pulsing
 
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Hi guys,

After determining that my water parameters were in order I went out and bought my first coral in years for my recently converted reef tank, a pulsing xenia. I chose it because I like to watch it pulse. The specimen at the LFS wasn't pulsing, but the employee said that sometimes it pulses and sometimes it doesn't. It's been a few days now, and the "flowers" at the ends of the stems still haven't opened and closed. Do some specimens simply not pulse? Was I duped? How can I get it to open and close?

I have two hydor koralia evolution 1050s in my 55 gallon tank, so there is significant flow. I tried to put the xenia in a spot with as little flow as possible. It's still blown around a bit, but not much. Is a little current alright for it?

I bought some "Marine Snow" to feed it. I'll follow the directions on the bottle unless anyone has any other ideas about frequency, etc.

Finally, how many hours a day should I leave the lights on? So far they've been on for 3 hours in the morning and 3 at night for a total of 6. Is that enough?

Thanks, guys!

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bearwithfish 10-20-2010 08:02 AM

as for lighting with any coral i personally try to stay as close to 12 on 12 off as possible they really seem to do better with a even photo period.... some movement is good for them as they get a lot of their food from things floating in the current...
if you have other inhabitants that are being actively feed then 1-2 times per week is fine as they will grab up some of the left overs floating around.... if not then 2-3x weekly and just a little...

BTW nice looking coral Mister

badxgillen 10-21-2010 12:16 AM

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sometimes an iodine deficient system will have trouble with pulse corals..but then again i have xenia in two of my tanks wich both share the same water perameteres and one has ceased to pulse...i did much research and found that xenia can be enigmatic in its pulse and its crashes...good luck ....

Mike 10-21-2010 08:06 AM

Thanks, guys.

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Originally Posted by bearwithfish (Post 496180)
as for lighting with any coral i personally try to stay as close to 12 on 12 off as possible they really seem to do better with a even photo period...

I turn the aquarium light on when I wake up. If I left it on when I went to work, I'd have to turn it off as soon as I got home which I don't want to do, of course, because that's when I enjoy looking at it most. I suppose I could not turn it on when I wake up and instead turn it on when I leave for work. If I turned it off at 10pm, it would get around 13 hours of light that way. Would that be much better for it than either turning it on when I wake up, turning it off before work, and turning it on after work for a total of 6 hours or turning it on when I wake up and turning it off at 10 pm for a total of 16 hours?

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Originally Posted by bearwithfish (Post 496180)
some movement is good for them as they get a lot of their food from things floating in the current...

How do you know when you've got too much movement?

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Originally Posted by bearwithfish (Post 496180)
if you have other inhabitants that are being actively feed then 1-2 times per week is fine as they will grab up some of the left overs floating around.... if not then 2-3x weekly and just a little... BTW nice looking coral Mister

Thanks for the advice and the compliment, though I don't like it because it doesn't pulse.

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Originally Posted by badxgillen (Post 496857)
sometimes an iodine deficient system will have trouble with pulse corals..but then again i have xenia in two of my tanks wich both share the same water perameteres and one has ceased to pulse...i did much research and found that xenia can be enigmatic in its pulse and its crashes...good luck ....

Hmm, thanks badxgillen. The Purple Up I have has Iodine in it. I wonder if I should try adding some to the tank? I should have never purchased xenia that I didn't see pulsing in the store! :-(

bearwithfish 10-21-2010 08:35 AM

you have too much move ment when it wont open up and stays looking shriveled.....
13 is fine (i said try 12 and 12 mine get more or less dependent on my memory that day LOL

you may like it more in time as it gets used to your system.. other wise if i have to i will drive out there and find it a real nice home in the Berkshires ..ummm i mean i would come help yeah thats what i meant.LOL

Mike 10-22-2010 05:34 PM

Thanks, Brett. :-)

bigrift 10-23-2010 05:11 AM

get a timer for your light so it turns on half way threw your workday so when you get home you have time to enjoy it ;)

bearwithfish 10-24-2010 09:16 PM

hey thats a great idea Big!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike 10-28-2010 08:19 AM

Thanks, bigrift. The fixture actually has a timer on it. The thing is, though, that we don't want the lights coming on the same time on weekends as it does on weekdays (6am), and switching the timer off requires taking off the canopy and removing the fixture to access the back.

Do you guys know what encourages xenia to grow/spread? Is it just a matter of time before it branches out from the small piece of rock it was sold to me on, or is there something I can do to facilitate it?

bearwithfish 10-28-2010 08:23 AM

time and (drum roll) (hold your breath) dirty water!!!! LOL no really they like to have the water a bit less than pristine to grow fast.. but even with great or ideal conditions they will grow in time... it just takes awhile....


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