Pulsing xenia isn't pulsing
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?
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
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 ....
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
Thanks, Brett. :-)
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 ;)
hey thats a great idea Big!!!!!!!!!!!!
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?
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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