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Old 09-30-2007, 01:16 AM   #1
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What eats Xenia?


I have some waving Xenia and lately it looks like it is being eaten by something. I do have a few blue legged hermit crabs but they have not been an issue in the past. My fish are reef save too (Yellow Tang, Purple Tank, Maroon Clowns, Chromes, and a Goby).
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:09 AM   #2
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Old 09-30-2007, 07:20 AM   #3
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Not sure, I currently don't have a test kit. I do have other Xenia in my tank and they OK.
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:01 AM   #4
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chocolate chip stars will eat it -
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:15 AM   #5
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:03 PM   #6
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Do peppermint shrimp eat it?? My xenia dissapeared within a week of adding them so I am assuming they might.
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:05 PM   #7
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what kind of "clean up crew" do you have? Example, I had a emerald crab for algae control. One evening I saw him munching on the base of my Xenia. He ate out a big chunk of two Xenia's stalks. "Kimberfish" mentioned above that chocolate chip stars will eat the Xenia. My guess is that you have a hungry critter on your custodial crew chomping on your Xenia during the night.

If you happen to experience a total "Melting" of all your Xenia, then there is a different problem.

If you suddenly see all your Xenia begin to melt, then you may want to check for an electrical current in the tank. I lost all my Xenia to this, but they all melted, not just one.

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Old 12-02-2007, 09:46 AM   #8
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I can concur that emerald crabs will eat bits of xenia, but not enough to destroy a whole stalk in one night or anything.
I've had a peppermint shrimp for a long time too, and never saw him do anything.
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Bump whats going on still haveing that problem ?
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Old 03-01-2008, 04:58 AM   #10
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My maroons mow down my xenia on a regular basis. I don't know why but they do. They also bit off the tenticles of the condy anemone I had before I gave it away. The xenia grows back usually.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:16 PM   #11
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Where there chunks missing? My Xenia is spreading but it looks like something is eating them i think its my yellow tang and seeing as you have one 2...........
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yeah my tomato took my xenia out.. the little *******
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yeah my tomato took my xenia out.. the little *******
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:32 PM   #14
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Do peppermint shrimp eat it?? My xenia dissapeared within a week of adding them so I am assuming they might.
I have watched a single peppermint eat xenia polyps before. The other 2 did not, but it didn't matter, because the pajama cardinal ate all three within 2 months. I also found those same three peppermints completely wiped out all lingering aipstaisa that had moved into the tank with a rock from a fellow reefer before they died. I never saw them eat fish food, so I think they really liked to eat polyps.
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What is a safe cleaner for my small 8 gallon tank. I feed my two pula clowns a half frozen shrimp. The clowns seem very uninterested in the shrimp..a lot of it goes to waste. I also have a pom pom xenia. Sounds like a cleaner shirmp...and a crab is not the way to go. Any suggestions
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