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Every frag has survived so far, even the tiny little acro I'm trying to save.  Look at the size of the cali tort.  Good grief it's a fast grower.  Color is meh, as is the possible lemonade unknown on the left. 

 

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So slow so far, it has encrusted more but not much more.   The colors on this are so much more vivid than anything else I have.

 

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I forgot to show the closeup of brownie.  

 

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Totally living up to it's name.  Richest brown in the tank.

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I wish my cali would grow like that, my oregon is outgrowing it.... the cali got beat up by stupid vermatid snails though so I think that kind of held it back from doing anything for the longest time. It is just now starting to do something... 

 

Tank looks great 🙂

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So the dosing of Goat De-wormer (Fenbendazole) is done.  The dosage for goats is diluted so my actual dosing is pretty low, so far 10 drops.

 

What does this stuff do?  Kills most soft corals (not shrooms or zoas).   Yes, it kills Xenia, this is the same ingredient as the old fluke tabs.   I'm about to tear down the tank because the Xenia is out of control, so this is the last resort.   Supposed to be bullet proof, no reports of SPS, Fish, or shrimp being harmed.   So far the Xenia size is slightly reduced, and the green star polyps look worse, mostly closed up 6 hours after dosing.   My goal is to slowly eliminate both since any rapid reduction will result in a huge nitrate spike.   We'll see how it goes.  

 

Some say this stuff gets in the rock and you won't be able to grow softies for months or years.  I hope that's right!  

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So far amazing.  The Xenia is obviously suffering, but not outright melting down yet.  Everything else looks good.  

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Awesome! Even though I love Xenia... I will note to never put it in a large tank. 

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I feel like the challenge will be in a few days when it starts melting.  Will be trying to keep the skimmer clean and watching KH in case the coral growth slows.   

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Horrible iPhone pic, but this is what the Xenia looks like as of last night.    

 

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The daisy polyps looks a little better, maybe they'll survive.  

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Interesting as I have never heard of this. Are you able to vacuum the xenia out to eliminate some of the die off?

-Dave

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51 minutes ago, DaveFason said:

Interesting as I have never heard of this. Are you able to vacuum the xenia out to eliminate some of the die off?

-Dave

 

Not sure yet.  From what I understand they just slowly melt away, and the smell has started so I suspect that's what is happening.  

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I saw this years ago for blue cloves.... Worked well. Pretty neat tbh for invasive softies.

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12 hours ago, markalot said:

Horrible iPhone pic, but this is what the Xenia looks like as of last night.    

 

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The daisy polyps looks a little better, maybe they'll survive.  

Which Iphone? Using a filter or just stock camera?

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38 minutes ago, slowngreen said:

Which Iphone? Using a filter or just stock camera?

Just the stock camera ... a 6 I think.  Piece of crap phone, I want my android back (it's a work phone, free for me).

 

 

I ended up having time to take some real pics.  Or realer pics.  Or something.  The Xenia is slowly vanishing, must be melting.  Great smell.  The skimmer is a lighter brown but hasn't gone crazy yet.  

 

KH 7.2 which is where it was a month ago.

 

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These belong on those Xenia infested rocks.  The Cali tort has very rapid growth.

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Xenia harmed the Lokani, that was the last straw.  

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The death meltdown has begin, 6 days after dosing.

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The Xenia is mostly gone already, the daisy polyps just now dying. There's a ton of them, this will be a lot of nutrients released. /fingers crossed.

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So far so good.  Xenia is gone, just gone.  Daisy polyps still withering away.  Good polyp extension early this morning so as of this moment SPS are still healthy.  

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How are the Superman mushrooms doing? I know you said the fenbendazole doesn’t kill shrooms or zoas. Just curious.

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1 hour ago, SeaFurn said:

How are the Superman mushrooms doing? I know you said the fenbendazole doesn’t kill shrooms or zoas. Just curious.

 

They are doing well, thankfully.  A xenia stalk had grown right on top of them and it withered away without any damage to the shrooms.   5 of them now.  :)   

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Purple Stylo lost a lower branch.  It never loses branches.  This morning it was completely gone but it appears the part nearest the base is in the same place.  This was covered in Xenia last week.  I hate coincidences.    KH 7.2
 
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