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  1. Johann

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    Hi to all members,
    I am new to this site and the marine world. I started my 200lt tank early January '09 and everything was going fine until Monday! My Kenya Tree Coral which I bought 2 months ago shrunk and lying on its side. I have spoken to a few people and some say it might just be sleeping? Is this true and how long can they sleep? It's been 5 days now.

    I also bought Yellow Sun Polyps 3 weeks ago, they were stunning and open when I bought them, however, since I've put them in my tank they are closed. I feed them with a syringe every 2nd night, but they remain closed. Any suggestions please?
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    Hello Johan

    Are you sure it is a Kenyan tree ? It is common for softies to sulk, when they about to shed or something has changed in your tank.

    Sounds like your Sun Coral ain't to happy, does it not even open when it "smells" food ?

    PICS would help ;)
     
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    Sure it is - I have looked on the net and it looks the same. The sun polyps move a bit when I feed them but hardly noticeable. Will take some pics now.
     
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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA, Johann! Sorry to hear about your Kenya Tree. Are you 100% sure it is indeed a Kenya Tree? What coloration is the coral? Do you perhaps have some photographs you can share with us, perhaps?

    Good luck with your journey into marines. Please have a look around, and read as much as possible. You will get a huge amount of information on MASA. Please read the other "New Members" threads.

    Also have a look at the threads in our "Members tanks and setups" forum.

    Please ask as many questions as you need to, to ensure that you can become the BEST reefkeeper that you can be!

    PLEASE ask us here before you purchase ANYTHING...

    Can you also perhaps tell us the following:
    - how often do you do water changes?
    - what water do you use for water changes? NSW? Or synthetic salt mixed with RO?
    - what do you use to top up your evaporated water?

    Do you have testing kits? If so, which?
    Can you please post the following information, of your tank's water parameters for us?
    - ammonia
    - nitrate
    - nitrite
    - salinity/SG level
    - water temp

    Many thanks!
     
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    Herewith the pics of kenya tree and sun polyps.
     
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    Johann if all you parameters are up to scratch you can try and take a plastic 2l coke bottle and cut the bottom off put this over you sun coral and then squirt the food in the top... Try to start feeding it just before the lights in the tank go out, as they do not like too much light, then a week or two later start feeding about 30min earlier...This has worked for me..Also what are you feeding it
     
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    Yellow Sun Polyp - Always closed

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    Defenitely going to try the 2lt bottle tonight!!
     
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    Kenya Tree Coral before it shrunk!

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    Kenya Tree now for the past 6 days!

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    Hi,
    Maybe you guys can tell me if it is defenitely a Kenya Tree Coral - that's what I was told when I bought it.

    I use NSW in my tank and and do a 10% NSW change weekly and top up with RO water normally once but sometimes twice a week.

    I have the following testing kits:
    Waterlife Nitrite
    Waterlife Nitrate
    Sera PO4
    Daro Senior Deluxe pH

    Nitrite & Nitrate levels normal, pH 8.6 and water temp 26.

    Thanks!
     
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    Hi Johan that is a Kenya tree, i had loads of trouble with mine on the substrate, moved him up onto the rocks and he was fine.
     
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    Hi Tridan,
    Thanks, I will move it onto the rocks and hope for the best!
     
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    Cool good luck.:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome Johann sori too hear
     
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    If it is a Kenya Tree they do like a bit of flow (medium)
     
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    Hi Johann, welcome to MASA.

    And happy birthday :)
     
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    My experience, a Kenia tree is not an easy to keep soft coral, especially in a newish tank- My 02 cents.

    Btw,Welcome to the Forum
     
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    Funnily enough, i found kenya tree grew like ******** aptaisia, i had to frag it daily to keep it under control:lol:
     
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    You very lucky then (bugger). I always had problems with Kenia trees (maybe different species) as well as the one I have in the tank now. And reading up on it, they also classify it as a difficult to keep specie
     
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