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Xenia doesn't look to good!


Dramirez

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I just started working on a new saltwater tank, it's actually my first reef tank. I have two other saltwater tanks but they're both fish only with some inverts and live rock. I wanted to start small because it was my first reef tank, so I bought a rimless 7.5 gallon bow front tank. It has to small heaters, one internal filter with a sponge & carbon inside of the sponge and another Aquaclear HOB filter that I modified into a refugium w/ chaeto and some gravel inside.

 

I just brought home my first coral: a small Xenia coral (about 1 inch tall) from Petco. I drip acclimated him and placed him at the bottom of the tank in the substrate, because I read that they like low-medium placement. But after the first night he looks really limp and he's not the usual pinkish color, he's more of a purplish-blue almost dead looking. I want to know if this is normal for Xenia when first introduced to a tank or if there is something seriously wrong with him. I just read that Xenia don't like tanks that are too clean, could that be it? Did I make a mistake picking the Xenia as my first coral?

 

I also just tested the water:

  • pH: 7.8 - 8.0
  • Ammonia: 0 - 0.10 ppm
  • Nitrite: 0 - 0.05 ppm
  • Nitrate: 0 - 0.5 ppm

Here's a link to a picture of my Xenia on Google Drive:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B56YAxEWfHa5NV9OcjJYMXNVU3c/edit?usp=sharing

 

Also, here's a link to a short video that I took of him:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B56YAxEWfHa5Y3gzc0hMZVZHakE/edit?usp=sharing

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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Kh, calcium, salinity measured with a refractometer. Xenia do best with some nutrients in the water and when they have what they like they will take over.

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When I first set up the tank I bought Instant Ocean's Calcium Booster. When I bought the coral I also picked up a bottle of Iodine, a bottle of Trace Elements and a bottle of Phyto Plankton (just in case). I read these are the supplements that Xenia need and that they appreciate being fed some plankton. After adding these things regularly would he eventually begin to look more healthier?

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Kh, calcium, salinity measured with a refractometer. Xenia do best with some nutrients in the water and when they have what they like they will take over.

 

I wouldnt dose calcium or iodine unless you are testing for it

 

Could the Carbon be what's causing this? I was poking around in the other forums and came across a post where someone was having the same problem and they said that Carbon removes elements including Iodine.

I'm going to remove the Carbon and replace the sponge with a clean sponge and see what happens.

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id also ditch the sponge and use floss instead

Okay, I'll have to wait until I can go to a pet store, because I live about an hour away from the nearest one.

Thanks for the reply!

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