PICTURE OF THE WEEK
REEF PICTURES SPONSORED BY REEF JANITORS
REFLECTIONS OF MY REEF SERIES
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.
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