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    Posted: March 29 2016 at 11:41am

I have tried a lot of different locations for these guys, but they never seem to open up much.  does anyone have any idea of what they are and the best place for them in my tank?

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Looks like Xenia coral. They are quite sensitive to certain parameters of the tank being high or low. What are your Alk, Ca, N03 and P04 levels in your tank. How much flow do you have in your tank?
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Alk=9.1, Ca= 425, NO3=0, PO4=.08.  I have two hydor 1150 at each end of the tank (90g long).  I thought that it might be xenia at first, too.  but when they do decide to open a little, the inside is bright green. 
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sorry, my tank is a 75g.  Wishful thinking I guess...
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Well I still won't rule out Xenia but if the centers are bright green then it's more likely Clove polyps. In either case they are sensitive to P04. I would run some GFO or Phosban to lower those Phosphates and see if that doesn't help solve the problem. They also don't need, or like, a ton of light. I see it's on the sand bed but what type of lighting and how many hours a day are the lights on?
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I have T5 compacts: one white, two purple and an actinic.  The whites are only on for a couple of hours in the middle of the day, but the purple and actinics are on for 10.
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blue sympodium?  Does anyone have experience with these?


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I have a blue sympodium. Mine likes decent flow in the sand bed. Took a good week to open up. Although there is usually more green but with the photo hard to tell.

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Looks like Sympodium to me too. It's in the same family as Xenia but does not pulse. It does well in low to medium light and any flow. This coral is sensitive, not at all as hardy as Xenia. It's a good idea to know the conditions it came from. First try different spots on the sand with slow flow and lower light. As it slowly starts to respond, move it closer to where you want it. It's usually a very slow grower.

After 4 weeks if it's still not opening, at any time day or night, it's probably because it doesn't like the current tank environment. Like I said above, it's a sensitive coral that does not do well in half the tanks it goes into, even mature tanks. I'd consider trading it to someone and try again in 6 months. Maybe the way the tank changes in 6 months or a different Sympodium colony will like what the other didn't.

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Thanks guys!  I moved into a low flow, shaded area last night.  i'll let it sit for a week or so and keep an eye on it. 
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