Xenia Cespitularia.

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  1. Broder

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    Does anyone else keep Xenia Cespitularia also known as African Blue Xenia? It grows really well, is non aggressive to other corals and is colourful. It's pink and blue when viewed from the side, and bright orange and blue when viewed from the top. Photos don't really do it justice. I read that it uses up phosphate in the tank, but excretes ammonia. Has anyone else heard about xenia doing that?

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    I dont have that particular xenia but it is pretty. Is it in your display?
     
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    Yip.... I have it in both of my tanks, but it does much better and looks nicer in stronger lighting.
     
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    that is a realy pretty xenia mudshark:) would love a frag when my tank is up and running:p
     
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    I myself would love a frag of this Mudshark - whenever you do frag them drop me a PM and we can see what we can arrange;)
     
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    Excretes Ammonia? Excrete means "give off" right? (Sorry, afrikaans boy here:p)
     
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    Thats right. Excrete=waste, secrete=beneficial emmission(eg bees and honey)
     
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    So why would you want something that makes Ammonia? Aren't we trying to get rid of it? Those are BEAUTIFULL xenia though!!!

    But I cant grasp the Ammonia issue though... :p
     
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    I assume that ammonia is a product of metabolism, and therefore excreted by all living creatures? Maybe one of the biologists can clarify that. What interests me is that they apparently consume phosphate. I was wondering if that's unique in xenia, or if all zooxanthellae(sp) and therefore all corals use phosphate to some degree or another?
     
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    tagging along

    Perhaps the "excretes ammonia" statement is more a case of excretes waste and waste = largely ammonia???????

    So Mudshark, when you going to make some lekker sps and other frags for us lowly gautengers??
     
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    Awesome man, A frag Please if and when avail. I will wait in line
     
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    Looks nice, as far as my knowledge goes I remember reading that corals also use phophates but really small amounts! Plants use phosphates to create new structures and they need allot! Coral use like very small amounts thats maybe why they say it consumes phosphates but I may be corrected!
     
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    That sounds about right to me. I mean zooxanthellae is an algae after all, so would use up a certain amount of nitrate and phosphate, more when the coral's in starvation mode, and getting most of its energy from it's zooxanthellae. It would excrete more ammonia when the coral injests food and digests it. I'm guessing here....comments?
     
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