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LiveAquaria® CCGC Aquacultured Silver Branch Pumping Xenia Coral
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Captive Grown
LiveAquaria® CCGC Aquacultured Silver Branch Pumping Xenia Coral (Xenia elongata)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Tan, White
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Origin Aquacultured - LiveAquaria®
Family Xeniidae
Lighting Moderate
Supplements Iodine, Trace Elements
Waterflow Medium
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The Pumping Xenia Coral is also known as Pulse Coral, or Waving Hand Coral. They are colonial animals with multiple individual polyps attached to a piece of solid substrate. They form stalks as they grow, and to reproduce. The eight-tentacle polyps can pump, or pulse, and many scientists believe the pumping action of the polyps slowly opening and closing is designed to dispose of gasses and waste. However, it is still unknown why these coral do pulse, and there are many water, lighting and nutrient factors involved. It is not necessarily a sign of ill health if they do cease to pulse. The parent colony of these coral frags was acquired from one of the aquariums in our company and then quarantined and given a health inspection before being propagated.

Aquacultured Xenia are hardier than wild-caught species and tend to reproduce quickly. Therefore, provide adequate space between them and sessile animals, especially other types of soft corals. They require a medium to high light level combined with a medium to strong water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, they will require the addition of iodine and other trace elements to the water.

They contain the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae from which they receive the majority of their nutritional requirements. Additional weekly feedings of micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates are also needed.

LiveAquaria® Aquacultured Coral frags are mounted to a fired ceramic plug that can be affixed to live rock anywhere in the aquarium with gel super glue or epoxy.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 3"

Certificate of Authenticity This LiveAquaria Certified Captive Grown Coral arrives with a Certificate of Authenticity & a 30-Day Arrive Alive, Stay Alive®, Risk-Free Guarantee. Learn more here >

Unlike most clip and ship coral frags, all of our Certified Captive Grown Corals are fully encrusted onto their plugs and are fully adjusted to artificial lighting and synthetic seawater, propagated and grown in our state-of-the-art facility in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

Customer Testimonials

Tom New Milford , NJ
Great coral, but care must be taken if you don't want it growing over everything. Isolate it on a rock and it will grow into a wonderful tree, otherwise it wll spread over everything.
Brian Roelle Portland , OR
I love to watch the pumping action of this xenia, it is as much fun to watch as the fish. It also has grown to triple its size in just 2 months, WOW. Mine doesn't seem to require much light as it is placed low in the tank under 2 vho 03 actinics and about 20" from my 400w metal halide.
Betty [City Not Selected] , ID
WOW! I'm impressed! I've had him for 11 days and he's attaching himself to two rocks already. Beautiful extension. Growing before my eyes. Likes the current but I've had one before that didn't care for it and PC worked great then. Now we have MH.
Carl Brubach Canton , OH
Awesome coral! It grows like a weed!
John Owen Polo , IL
Lively coral that will add motion to the tank. I received mine two days ago and it has already grown about 1/4" at the base. Fun to watch, I would recommend this for every tank.
Candy V Montreal , WI
This coral grows aggressively fast. It will spread over rocks, sand, and glass. It will over-shade other corals. Some stalks are over 12 inches long. It flows beautifully in a strong current, but seems to wilt rapidly in lower flow areas. You may need to encircle an area with growth from another xenia to physically limit the lateral spread of this coral.
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