How to detach a Pulsing Xenia?

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  1. Helga

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    Anyone have success in moving these guys? I have two sets of Pulsing Xenia thats just taking over. Theyre spreading like wildfire and is growing into other corals. I urgently need to detach some of them.

    How would I do this?
     
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    Use a blade and just slice a thin slither of rock from under it. If you dont want to do that then take the blade and turn it on its side and scrape the base off. You will find that it just peels off if the base is smooth enough.
     
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    Marius, its attached all over liverock. You dont mean I cut the liverock? Do I slice the Xenia at the base where it is attached. And if a piece is left on the rock, wont it just grow again?
     
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    You will be surprised how easily you can cut a slither of rock from underneath the xenia. I use a normal stanley blade and it works like a charm. That is how I frag my xenia and zoas.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Yes even the tiniest frag left on the rock will have the xenia growing back again in no time at all
     
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    Im afraid the guys are right, even one small speck can grow back. Either take the rock out and scrub it or try and slice the rock using a blade or even a pliers to break the piece off
     
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    Ok, I'll have to try the cutting thing! Taking the rock out is not an option as its glued down. Seems these Xenia's are problem coral:eek:
     
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    If you need to get rid of some, lemeno please!!
     
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    Will let you know if I'm successful in removing them!
     
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    Cool. Out of pure ignorance I once removed some Aptasia from some LR with a scalpel, I got lucky, as it worked. Cutting the rock is not that hard. (Won't do it again, I promise)
     
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    Hi Helga, what about if you try inject it at the base with vodka, surely that will kill the whole coral.

    I do it for aipitasia,

    If you worried, try take the rock out, hold the LR upside down so that the xenia is hanging, and inject it.
     
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    Fox face maybe
     
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    You can either cut them off the rock and they will grow back. This way you can frag and sell.

    The other alternative is to place smaller pieces of rocks, coral skeletons in between the xenia colony and after a week or so they will move and attach to the rocks. This way you can remove them easily with no chance of regrowth as they lift easy if they are moving house just like an anemone. You can detach by scraping the base of the rock with a blade and lifting the xenia but as mentioned, the smallest piece with regrow.

    I dont know about the foxy as mine never looked at my xenia, algae or anything besides prepared food. Maybe its just the type I have
     
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    Lol, Xenia are practically impossible to get rid of BUT they don't grow back too quickly so just keeping trimming them back when they start getting big.
     
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    the other alternitive is to smother them with calk paste, lower the flow for a while so the paste doesnt blow off and it will suffocate the coral..
     
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    Thanks Guys for all your suggestions! I did it!

    I used the back of a new stanly blade and scraped the sides until they lifted and then it was easy. Could slowly pull them from the rocks. I attached them to small pieces of liverock with elastic band. So...... there is 5 nice Pulsing Xenia's waiting to be sold.
    Will advertise with photos.
     
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    AdamVR,
    You were interested. I am going to advertise them during the day. If you're interested PM me.
     
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    increase the flow over the xenia, it should help to clear the rock
     
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    i have the same problem with gsp
     
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    Lol, @shaunn you are like the ultimate thread hijacker!
     
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