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Common Names: Xenia
Pulsing Xenia
Pumping Xenia
Classification: Xeniid
Description: Usually tan or pink with clove like polyps that naturally open and close by themselves under good conditions.
Environment: Reef. Red Sea.
Hardiness: Sometimes picky over water and light quality. Sturdy and fast growing under good conditions.
Lighting: Medium to high reef lighting.
Current: Low to Medium flow.
22°C - 27°C
72°F - 81°F
Aggressiveness: Low, but can outgrow most other coral.
Feeding: Mainly Zooxanthellate.
Supplements: None necessary. Iodine commonly used.
Position: Any, but should be acclimated to higher light conditions near the top of a tank.
Reproduction: Asexual fragmentation by cutting the stalk with sharp scissors and attaching to a rock.
Comments: Sometimes used as an indicator of water quality, as the coral only pulses under good water quality.
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Submitted By: mattyboombatty
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