Xenia elongata (Pulse Coral)

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Xenia elongata (Pulse Coral)

Post  thierry on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:31 am

Source: liveaquaria.com

QUICK STATS
  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Lighting: Moderate
  • Waterflow: Medium
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
  • Color Form: White
  • Origin: Indonesia
  • Family: Xeniidae
  • Insert Date: 18 september 2010


The Pumping Xenia Coral, are also known as Pulse Coral, or Waving Hand Corals. They are colonial animals with multiple individual polyps attached to a piece of solid substrate. They form stalks as they grow, and to reproduce. The eight-tentacled polyps can pump, or pulse, and many scientists believe the pumping action of the polyps slowly opening and closing is designed to dispose of gasses and waste. However, it is still unknown why these coral do pulse, and there are many water, lighting and nutrient factors involved. It is not necessarily a sign of ill health if they do cease to pulse. The parent colony of these coral frags was acquired from one of the aquariums in our company and then quarantined and given a health inspection before being propagated.
Aquacultured Xenia are hardier than wild-caught species and tend to reproduce quickly. Therefore, provide adequate space between them and sessile animals, especially other types of soft corals. They require a medium to high light level combined with a medium to strong water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, they will require the addition of iodine and other trace elements to the water.

They contain the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae from which they receive the majority of their nutritional requirements. Additional weekly feedings of micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates are also needed.
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Current owner

Post  thierry on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:31 am

Through a forum I found someone selling his whole aquarium. We wanted to take a look and see if he had anything that we liked. His aquarium looked really nice, it was a big tank that wasn’t very high but mainly very deep. The rocks where all low, not really build up and almost every rock was covered in Xenia.
For the moment we left with 3 rocks filled with corals, maybe we are going back to get some more (fish maybe even, he had some nice ones). The easiest choice which I liked a lot was a rock with Ricordea mushrooms. My wife still likes Xenia and since ours is not much anymore we also took a rock with Xenia and some purple mushrooms. And last we also wanted a new Cabbage leather coral, so he torn one loose with a Kenya tree also on it.

Unfortunately there where no pictures of his aquarium.
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Post  thierry on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:35 pm

18 september we got this rock filled with Xenia and some mushrooms. We had plenty of options for the Xenia, but the combination on this rock was nice. It already started pulsing and it's looking good so far.
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New mushrooms

Post  thierry on Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:00 pm

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Bought Firefish and 2 Peppermint Shrimps

Post  thierry on Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:38 am

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Starting to attach to other rocks

Post  thierry on Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:15 pm

The Xenia is slowly moving onto other rocks as well. Part is already on the starpolyp rock and other part is moving onto the other xenia rock.
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Cleaning november 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:01 pm

The Xenia on this rock doesn’t seem to be doing very well, at least that’s the idea I have when I look at it. Some of them are closing and are withering away.

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Post  thierry on Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:02 pm

The Xenia moved onto the rock where our previous Xenia was located, so it finally seems to do well in our aquarium.
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Happy New Year 2011

Post  thierry on Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:24 pm

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Just pictures

Post  thierry on Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:09 am

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Kenya Tree Sold

Post  thierry on Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:32 pm

Now more light can come on the Xenia.
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Re: Xenia elongata (Pulse Coral)

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:53 am

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Cleaned RSM

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:28 pm

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Cleaning Red Sea Max

Post  thierry on Tue May 10, 2011 10:29 am

Also cleaned around the Xenia, which is getting pressed away by the starburst polyps. I tried to tear some pieces off around the Xenia again, but we already lost a lot of it. I did however accidentally suck a piece of Xenia with the tube and put it in the fragtank where it will hopefully recover. Also placed the pieces of Starburst in the fragtank.
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Work and changes to 60 litre aquarium

Post  thierry on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:50 pm

Pulled out the rock with Xenia en purple mushrooms that was overgrowed by Star Polyps. I put a new rock there now to make sure the star polyps dont expand to much and kill the remaining Xenia on the neighbouring rock. This rock continues here.
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Post  thierry on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:52 am

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Post  thierry on Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:48 pm

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Post  thierry on Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:31 pm

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