Geothermal Aquaculture Research Foundation

PICTURE OF THE WEEK


REEF PICTURES SPONSORED BY REEF JANITORS

REFLECTIONS OF MY REEF SERIES

These pictures were taken by Sally Jo - they are her first ones

XENIA KEEPING IS NOW SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE BY NEW REEF KEEPERS. THIS XENIA CORAL HAS BEEN GROWN IN CAPTIVE REEFS FOR OVER TWO YEARS. EACH GROUP OF CUTTINGS IS MORE HARDY AND EASIER TO KEEP ALIVE.

Most of the Xenia that have in the unconnected genetic bank have large polyps with pinnated tentacles that move in a rhythmic motion. These polyps are connected at the base forming a body like a soft coral. One type of Xenia grows on a low spreading base. The colors we have are cream, biege, and light brown. We have a colony from Bali that is cream with brown edges on the polyps.

We have been able to propagate these Xenia by cutting off one polyp and placing it on a reef plug under a piece of fine netting. The best way to remove one polyp is to suck the polyp up into a air line tube and snip it off with a pair of scissors. The embossed type of fine bridal veil has worked very well for this type of production. We hold the netting in place with a rubber band.

We often remove the entire head from one of the stalks on a Xenia colony. We cut this head into several pieces and then we attach it to a rock by holding it in place with a piece of netting. It is important to have a good water flow over the cutting until you can remove the netting. The Cutting is often attached in one week. The stalk on the right side of the coral was cut and it is growing new polyps on the base of the stalk.

THIS IS THE SIXTH GENERATION FIJI XENIA THAT WE HAVE BEEN GROWING IN SALLY JO'S OLDEST 55 GALLON REEF AQUARIUMS.

This is the best strain of Fiji Pom Pom Xenia we have ever kept. The color and growth rate is very good.
We have been able to ship this coral to more than 50 people and almost all of them are still alive.

THIS XENIA STRAIN IS A NEW TYPE THAT CAME FROM A SPAWNING IN SALLY JO'S FIRST REEF.
IT LOOKS A BIT LIKE TWO OF HER OTHER XENIA, BUT IT PULSES AS MUCH AS HER FIJI POM POMS.

This is one of the fastest growing pulsing Xenia we have in our systems. We will be cutting this coral next week.

THIS XENIA CAME TO US FROM PORTLAND, ORE. IT IS A VERY ACTIVE PULSER AND WE WERE HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO ADD IT TO OUR OTHER 8 STRAINS.

This Xenia pulses very rapidly.

Xenia keeping is getting very simple. We have found that captive raised strains DO NOT demand considerable effort or skill on the part of the reef keeper.

IF YOU CAN KEEP OTHER SOFT CORALS YOU ARE READY FOR THE KING OF THS SOFT CORALS - XENIA - We keep these Xenia in a 55 gallon reef aquarium with live sand, 3 powerheads, and 4 - four foot VHO lightS and an IceCap ballast. Learn how to do this 55 gallon project

When you are ready for an adventure in reef keeping try a Xenia coral. This coral moves by itself by opening and closing it's polyps like a grasping hand.

SOME GREAT XENIA LINKS

RESEARCH PAGE FOR XENIA AND RELATED SOFT CORAL PROPAGATION  Learn to propagate xenia. Please enter any data you have about these corals.
XENIA BAG METHOD PRODUCTION RESEARCH
XENIA HANGING RING PRODUCTION RESEARCH
HANGING PLUG XENIA PROPAGATION FOR PROFIT
XENIA GROWING FOR THE LOCAL MARKET

WE HAVE SOME GREAT CAPTIVE RAISED CORALS READY FOR SALE !
CALL TODAY AND RECEIVE A FREE GIANT GORGONIAN WITH EACH 5 PACK OF CORALS. 1-800-600-6163

corals for sale


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THIS WEEK- we set up our long needed merchants account
so we can take credit cards at 1-800-600-6163

CALL TODAY AND YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH ANY AMOUNT OF SNAILS AND HERMITS FOR ONLY $1.00 EACH. LeRoy


Many of the rare corals are offered to our members for 2 years before they are put on sale. We will soon have an E-mail list that will list the rarest color forms of sps corals and soft corals such as Xenia and Mushrooms.

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