What softie is this?

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  1. Dane

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    Hi there,

    I was given two tiny little frags when I started up my tank, and I just wanted to know if anyone can ID this softie? Its only about 3cm long now. But starting to grow and showing some irridescence.

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    Thats blue xenia (Cespitularia) for sure.
     
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    XENIA spot on
     
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    That substrate of yours looks like tropical gravel....will collect allot of detritus over time.

    Best to replace it with finer substrate.
     
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    Thanks Manic & Lanzo - this is a temp tank - planning on using fine aragonite. Would it be alright to mix this gravel in with the aragonite? I quite like the look of the two together.
    The rounded gravel is from deep sea cores 150 metres deep off the namibian coast, leftover from some samples I was analysing..

    Thanks for the ID :)

    Do you suppose this xenia is the same species (behind the previous one)? it doesnt seems very blue - but I don't have an actinic globe in there yet tho. Its growing quickly and started its characteristic pulsing a few days back. And why are the "fingers" on the first frag so tiny!!??

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    The one in the back is just pulsing xenia. Not the same species at all
     
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    Or just make sure you vaccum it well with every water change.
     
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    Thanks for the advice sihaya! I do vaccum it with water changes - Although that doesnt matter now that I'm moving to a new tank with a sea sand substrate! > My new bargain nano project - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    But to continue with the ID... I really don't think its a blue xenia. This is the parent from with the frag came, maybe it helps? It is the softie in the center...

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    bump :-(
     
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    It is blue xenia. My parent colony looks the same. I don't know why they call it xenia because it actually isn't part of the xenia family.
     
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    Just to clear something up. You get a few corals that are labeled blue xenia. The one you have is African Blue Xenia "Cespitularia" and is not part of the xenia sp.
     
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    Oh, okay. Thanks Manic. I googled some images, and the fronds seemed much larger - but I'm sure that because its a different sp as you say. Thanks for the ID & soz for the confusion! Do yours come out nicely under actinic? I've still got to put my actinic light in, at the moment its just brown :p
     
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