Pulsing Xenia and flow

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  1. VicZA

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    Hey all,

    I recently acquired a large pulsing Xenia (larger than the size of my hand open - made up of about 10-15 "heads").

    I don't have too much space in my tank at the moment so I placed them in a location that is exposed to medium flow. So they coral is pulsing (I can see this when I turn the wavemakers off) but is also getting "blown about" quite a bit.

    Is this a problem ?
    Will this eventually make the Xenia not pulse ?
     
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    Xenia can take a lot of flow, to the point that they are blown over, and you dont see pulsing any longer. if the flow is high they may stop pulsing, because they physicaly cant or dont need to Im not sure. But when returned to a lower flow area they adapt and begin to pulse again after some time.

    Flow is only a problem if they retract/defalte or get torn.
     
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    Thanks @archiecrain I hope they will keep pulsing. They have all opened up nicely and it's beautiful in the tank. Guess this means they happy with the water quality :thumbup:
     
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    Ive also read (im sure) that the pulsing and Iodene levels have something in common.....But a bit more advanced than I would care to go for Xenia.
     
  6. Bristlebasher

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    The reasons for Xenia pulsing are varied and we aren't entirely sure why it happens.

    Linked to water quality , flow , ph etc.....

    However they are indicators of good water quality.High flow will not be a problem and will not prevent them from pulsing when returned to lower flow.
     
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    Iodine does help Xenia grow, if I turn all my flow off the xenia does pulse more. I have also found that low flow makes the stems grow longer. Saying that it does grow in high flow area's but just not as much.
     
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    i have tried to keep xenia twice in my nano tank. i have star polyps and zoa and mushrooms and the open up beautifully . but for some reason the xenia just wont do anything besides wither away:m26:
     
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    they do like nutrients, so if your NO3 is 0 for extended periods they will wither
     
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    im gonna check my nitrates tomorrow. but last i checked they werent zero. im running nitra gaurd cubes so maybe by now they will be 0. thanks for the info
     
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