It's hard to notice at first when you look at this small group of Xenia, but there are five distinct types of Xenia growing in this line. This is one of my favorite ways to plant Xenia in a reef aquarium because all of these Xenias can live together. Eventually this colony of Xenia will blend together into a large multicolored growth of Xenia.
The Xenia on the top of the line is very light colored and the polyps open and close rhythmically in a gentle twisting motion. The Xenia just below that has a cinnamon red color and the polyps grow very long. The Xenia below that is called silver tip, and you can see the light colored rib in each polyp. When this polyp is closed there is a small silver dot. The Xenia below this has a beautiful golden colored stalk as it starts to grow larger. The bottom Xenia grows extremely long polyps that wave in the current and open and close slowly .
I hope that you get the opportunity to grow a small group of mixed Xenia in your reef tank. A collection of Xenia growing together when they are small is interesting, but the large waving colony of mix colored polyps is one of the most beautiful things you can grow in your reef aquarium.
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