Xenia elongata (Pulse Coral)

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Xenia elongata (Pulse Coral)

Post  thierry on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:46 pm

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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Work and changes to 60 litre aquarium

Post  thierry on Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:19 pm

Originally from the RSM but the rock was overgrowing with Star Polyps. So to save some of the Xenia I removed this rock. The old post is from here.
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Post  thierry on Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:43 am

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Post  thierry on Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:49 am

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