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So I started my newest phase of filtration not too long ago and it seems to be taking off quite well. Just thought I would share. I am thinking of adding a little rock back there to wiegh down the cheato providing more room for the xenia to grow and spread.

I know you can't really see it but it has taken over the entire section back there, and spread to other sections that I have no idea how it got there.

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lol.....so I have noticed...thank you very much for the xenia Clay. Looking forward to some of that sunset. Did you see my video sale thread? I got a video of them for you so you can see them until you get them so it is kind of like already having them.

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This is suck, while people having their xenia spread all over the tank and mine seem like not spreading out at all... what did I do wrong? Maybe I will buy different saltwater this time :-)

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I think they fact that you can't grow it is a good thing. People who get it to grow like crazy usually wish they could just get rid of it. I can become a big hassle to remove if you don't keep on top of it. I have 2 little patches of it that grow slower then anything else in my tank right now(thankfully). If it ever starts to grow faster I am getting rid of it all together.

 

I like the idea of using it as a filter in a sump or a refugium but not until my next tank. That way I can plan for a spot to put it that it won't escape from.

 

I've seen people glue it to their glass but I think it was done durring a water change so they could dry the area a little and use super glue. I tried it once under water and it didn't last that long. Believe me, the last thing you want is the glue to give out and it to fall behind the rock work and start growing like crazy onto everything without you knowing it.

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I thought about attaching it to a small sliver of rock and then glueing the rock to the glass. Once it grows out on its own you could remove the rock

 

That is what I did to get it to grow on the back of my tank.

 

It is strange, I had xenia growing like mad for a long time. Now I can't get it to grow in my main tank any more.

 

I am going to keep trying, but it is ok that it does not grow.

 

dsoz

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It tends to grow "up", so place a rock with xenia on it right against the glass and it should grow onto the glass in no time. I've got star polyps that started growing on the glass. I've seen zoas grow onto the glass.

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Yeah, just place the rock next to where you want it to grow on your glass!! If you put a powerhead/flow that pushes it toward where you want it to grow that helps too!! It will climb right up the glass!! It gets crazy wants it starts growin for sure!!!

 

Clay

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Definitely keep us informed on how you think it's working. I've read a couple posts on RC about people setting up xenia areas in their sump/refugium, but I've never seen any empirical data on the effectiveness.

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I have used zenia for nitrate reduction in my last two or three refugiums. It works great!!! In fact, If any one has any extra zenia they need to get rid of, I'm looking for some!!!!!!!!!!!

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So, does zenia grow well, even if your nitrates are already low?

 

Mine used to grow like crazy (with higher nitrates) to the point where I wished it wouldn't, but nowadays (close to 0 nitrates) the one piece I have just sits there, staying the same size.

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So, does zenia grow well, even if your nitrates are already low?

 

Mine used to grow like crazy (with higher nitrates) to the point where I wished it wouldn't, but nowadays (close to 0 nitrates) the one piece I have just sits there, staying the same size.

 

mine is the same way. I just tried to tell myself that since it is obviously a weed coral that if it didn't grow well and everything else did that I was doing something right.(scratch)

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I can't keep xenia alive while I am running my system with my skimmer or my algaes. If I take the skimmer or algaes off line, it seems to do just fine. Definately a nutrient demander for sure. For some reason the white and pom pom xenia seem to do just fine though they don't grow as quickly.

 

 

Garrett

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I mhave herd both that they do export nutrients and do better in a high nutrient enviroment.I have wanted to try this method to but with a sps tank and RO/DI water and a big skimmer I was never able to get it to take off! It would prob work great in a zoa tank but then again dont zoa's like the higher nutrient levels too?

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I wasn't and am not able to keep xenia in my main display, it either melts or my anemone finds it (almost like it hunts for it). However, once I added it to my cheato compartment it has taken off and my nitrates, from last test, went from .5 to .1. I haven't tested it in over a week and have noticed quite a few new stalks so I anticipate the new results.

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I have thought about trying this same thing several times. Seperate tank in the filtration system so I can take a weed wacker to it when it gets out of control. I will NEVER place this stuff in my display again. It can take over everything! Thanks for sharing the results.

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