Urgent help needed Xenias not pulsating?!

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  1. Mrabkin

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    Hey,

    while i was away i had to get a friend to come and do a waterchange for me.

    when i returned, my xenias and anemone had 'shrivelled' up and have been there for over a week.

    my parameters are ok... i am lost.

    thx mike
     
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  3. rakabos

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    My xenia only pulses in higher flow and higher light areas. Try moving it around and see
     
  4. Anemone

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    The anemone has me concerned. What did you test for, and what were the numbers? Any possibility of there being chemicals near the tank? Something isn't right. I would run some fresh carbon.
     
  5. Tony

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    I'm with Brenda on this one. Corals dont just shrivel up
     
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    runs some fresh carbon and give the test paramaters, dont worry about the pulsing of xenia, u may have bigger issues
     
  7. Sammy

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    Dude check your temp,I know my Xenia hate the high temps
     
  8. mandarinman

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    xenias are strange fellas, if your salinity is low or low iodide they will not pulse
     
  9. Anemone

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    Any updates?
     
  10. Mrabkin

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    wow, what a mission. Just got back from a long trip agay, with all hopes up for return of the xenias, but no luck.

    Both the xenias and the anemone are still in hibernation mode. both still alive, but still hibernating... i mean simple white blobs on the rocks, with little "puck marks" where the branches should be, as for the nemmie, just looks small and very deflated. my red star seems awefully sluggish and always has one arm sort of limp and hanging off the glass. he is moving, and alive, but all this is too confusing.. why?

    I have at least 200 mushrooms in the tank who are now the size of saucers- kenya tree who is happy as ever, zoas who keep growing, hermits who keep on crabbing and the happiest fishies ive ever had!!!

    pulling me hair out here folks!!
     
  11. Annoying

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    What's the readings in the tank? Maybe a pic of the xenia's and the anemone would help.
     
  12. Tony

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    What are your nitrates like? Xenia dont like low nitrates
     
  13. Sammy

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    just my 2cents, neither do they like high temps
     
  14. Storm

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    Got about 15 Pulsing Xenia Corals (Check my profile pics) with 4-8 Branches each. From experience, the only time they do not pulse is if there is to little light or to much flow. But just to be safe maby you should do another water change from a different source and container.
     
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    That's what I would say it is.......Too little light. What lights are you using?
     
  16. Mrabkin

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    ok, so here the specs:

    sal 1.022
    nitrates- nil
    magnesium - 1375ppm
    temp - 24.8deg
    phos- 0.02

    running 4 x 75w MH lamps, two are 14k and the other two are 20k spectrum- plenty light.

    I have moved from up to down, hi flow to low flow with absolutely no change.
    below are the before/after photos, with others in the same tank just for confusion sake ;).

    Before: Happy, clappy baby xenias!!
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    Now: highlighted xenia branches: yes, those ARE my baby xenias!!
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    And just to confuse the Hell out of all of ya, a quich shot of my huge, hairy...um... mushrooms, and their good friend, happy, healthy orange Zoaz
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    BTW, excuse the cellphone photos, blackberry cameras are lacking!!!

    enjoy this brain-teazer!!
     
  17. Mrabkin

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    I put one of the small xenia branches into the fug below, seems to be slowly opening again!!

    Maybe something trying to eat it? my fish are: pyjama cardinal, yellow surgeon,powderbrown, tomato clown, blue yellow chromis/damsel and coral beauty... Any ideas who it could be?....... enter CSI soundtrack........;)
     
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    could be this guy....
     
  19. robvdv

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    Ooh, not true. Xenia loves polluted water. Grows happily near sewage outlets.

    Xenia is a very temperamental coral. Colonies crash for no obvious reason. I have 5 colonies in separate tanks, three of which are clones. They're all quite different from each other. One crashed and came back tiny, almost like a dwarf version of its previous self, but genetically identical to the large wavy ones in the tank next to it (possibly metal poisoning in the tank)

    It's weird stuff. Don't expect to understand it. Try get some from another hobbyist and see if it works out for you.

    It could also just be your coral beauty, as 459b says :) Achilles had huge amounts of Xenia in his tank. I watched his angels and even his tangs bite off large mouthfulls.
     
  20. Steve Warren

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    75 watt is an unusual MH choice, how do they compare cost wise to 150 watt?
    Hi Rob, sent you a PM.
     
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    Yeah I was about to say your low nitrates may be the problem. Also look to see if there is any sneaky aptasia around? They may be stinging your Xenia.
     
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