PULSING XENIA not doing well

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  1. tobiejvr

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    Howzit guys

    I received 3 small pieces of Pulsing Xenias on little rocks.

    In the tank for 3 weeks but not doing well.

    When I switch the wavemakers off then you can see them pulsing. Also, they are placed in a not to heavy current.

    I also have bleaching coral, pincushion, zoas that's doing very well.

    I dropped some in a friends tank that's 7 months younger and they are doing very well in his tank.

    We tested the water and all seems fine.

    I had a star polyp that just slowly died.

    I am feeding plankton, Coral snow. 3 x blue T5 and 1 x white T5.

    Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?
     
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  3. dallasg

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    they wont pulse if the flow is strong, they pulse to move water through the polyps to get food.
    also what are your nitrates? they dont like sterile water
     
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    Are you running carbon?
    If you are try removing it for a week or so and check to see
    if there is any improvement . What size skimmer are you running
    Because overskimming can also remove the nutrients from the water
    Causing them to shrink.
    I once ran a massive external skimmer on my 4foot tank and within
    A month my xenia had almost dissapeared.
    I hope im not talking crap here its just something that iv observee over the years.
    also you could try buffer the water a bit
    Good luck man
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Obviously I have have a lot to learn.
    Yes I use carbon and will remove it now. It is due for replacement anyway. I also read or heard that I should not be using carbon in a marine tank.

    I will test the nitrates and will let you know.

    Many thanx
     
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    where did you read that?
     
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    To be very honest I cant remember. I still left mine in the sump though! I couldn't see the reason why I needed to take it out.
     
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    seachem actually makes a really good carbon called matrix.. Which works well in marine ..
     
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    Thanx. Will try that out!
     
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    You need to test your water if you have soft corals bleaching or not so happy often it is a lack of nutrients
    Check your nitrates and phosphates
    Do you have any SPS?
     
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    No. Only softies.
     
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    Matrix is awesome - we use it...

    Some ppl say that carbon can lead to lateral line disease , but nothing proven , and we use it without any ill effect.

    Try raising your Iodide , i heard that it helps in keeping the zenia pulsing.
    D
     
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    Pulsing Xenia like a Nitrate level of+- 20 and low flow. If they are happy again and you want them to spread fast then put them in a medium flow area with LR next to them, when they have spread move them back to the low flow area. They also like T5 lighting.
     
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    Thanks for the article , so its seems to be granulated - related ...

    The Seachem matrix we use and you sugested , is spherical and once washed would cause no problems ?

    Either way ive used it for years :)
     
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    yip, i remember reading in the AA mag its the fine dust if its fluidised, but rinsed in RO and in a bag is cool, i always use carbon and no HLLE
     
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    Are you using a DSB or Bio Cubes?
     
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    @tobiejvr have you tested your water yet?
     
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    I have always had luck with pulsing xenia, Iodine works great to get it growing fast. It does grow better with higher nutrient levels. High flow does stop the pulsing to a certain extent. It prefers a soft indirect current that keeps the polys waving slowly.
    Lighting does not seem to influence the growth too much either. I have had it growing in my sump under an old out of spectrum T5. If anything it grew better there.
     
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    Yes I have a DSB that is 1 year old.

    Yes water tested.

    NO2 - 0.1
    NO3 - 2.5 ppm
    NH3?NH4 - 0
    Cal - 460
    Mag - 1600
    kH/Alk - 8.4
    P-PO4 - 0.08

    That's al the test kits that I have. If I need more results I will take it to a LFU.
     
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    Here are some pics of my tank. Had quite a bit of algae lately but it is recovering well.

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