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Cultured Xenia Coral

The Pulsing Xenia sp. Corals are some of the most endearing corals, and are highly favored by reef enthusiasts. With their pulsing heads and the gentle waving of their polyps in the water, they produce an almost mesmerizing affect to the viewer. Since they tend to grow in the direction of the water flow that they are near, you can get them to grow where you want in the reef tank. Getting them to grow up the back wall of the aquarium makes for an interesting display.

Most species from the Xenia genus have unbranched stalks that are short, thick and smooth, from which the polyps arise. They can be cream, white brown, ivory and light green. The color is uniform with just a little contrast between the stalks and polyps. The polyps can contract considerably but do not retract inside the coral. Not all Xenia pulsate, but the species that do will generally pulse about 8 times per minute, yet there can be quite a variation in the strength and speed of the pulsing action.

There is no proven reason why Xenia corals pulse. Many experts and aquarists attribute a variety of reasons for the pulsing phenomena. One thought is that they are pulsating to help with respiration and gas exchange. Water chemistry also plays a role in their pulsing, along with lighting and current, just what combination is hard to tell. They are sensitive to falling or low pH and will stop pulsing when the pH is below 8.3. Adding small amounts of carbon will take some organics out of the water. Some aquarists have found this to induce the polyps to pulse, as if the coral is trying to try pull more nutrients from the water. Supplements of iodine are also suggested by some, but with caution as Lugol's has been found to be detrimental to some Xenia colonies. If your Pulse Coral is pulsing, then keep doing what your doing!

The Xenia corals are not the only pulsing corals. The Xeniidae family itself is considered unique in the coral world because of this ability. From this family, at least five other genera will pulse. Some of those common to aquarists include the Pom Pom Zenias of the Heteroxenia genus and the Waving Hand Coral or Glove Coral Anthelia sp.. Anthelia corals form an encrusting mat and their cylindrical polyps grow directly from that base. Xenia are different from Anthelia since Xenia polyps rise from a capitulum (top of the stalk) forming small colonies that are only a few inches tall (up to 4").

The Pulse Coral Xenia sp. can be easy to care for, depending on proper handling procedures. If you need to handle them, do so very briefly and with gloved fingers. When handled they stress and produce lots of mucous, which in turn can attract bacteria, leading to death. Therefore handle with care and refrain from moving when ever possible. Wild harvested Xenia corals can be very difficult to acclimate to new surrounds in general, while cultured Xenia colonies are much hardier than wild harvested species and will bounce back much easier after shipping. For that reason Aquarium Creations Online only sells cultured xenia colonies that are many generations old and are much hardier for shipping and aquarium life.

    Red Sea Pink & White Pom-Pom Xenia
Xenia umbellata

The fastest pulsing Xenia

Description: Red Sea Pink and White Xenia, Xenia Umbellata is the crown jewel among xenia species. It's hardy and very attractive with fast pulsing action. It does not grow as fast as other xenias, but pulses much quicker then tree xenia and has a nice white/pink color exact color depending on water chemistry and lighting conditions. Like all Xenia 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 Xenia we ship you is many generations taquacultured. This is very important since aquacultured Xenia are hardier than wild-collected specimens and are without the potential to carry sea born infections, or disease to your tank. They have lived there entire life under aquarium lighting and with aquarium type water flow and movement. A fast growing coral, provide adequate space between them and other types of soft corals. Xenia Umbellata will reproduce by growing a "foot" on the stalk. The stalk will then lean over and take hold of whatever it comes in contact with it.

Care Level:Moderate

Temperature: 77-83°F

Salinity: 1.025-1.027

Alk/dKH: 8-10dKH

Calcium: 380-450ppm

Magnesium: 1250-1350ppm

Lighting: Moderate to high lighting levels with either power compact fluorescents or T5 fluorescents should be adequate for aquariums 25 inches in height or less. On deeper aquariums, metal halides should be used to make sure that adequate lighting intensity makes it to the bottom of the aquarium where Waving Hand Corals are typically placed.

Water Flow:
Indirect medium to strong water currents are required, along with excellent water quality.

Additives: Additions of iodine appear necessary for best health and pulsation, Trace Elements for continued good coloration.

Feeding: Red Sea Xenia (Xenia Umbellata), receive much of their nutrition through their symbiotic zooxanthellae algae that is hosted within their bodies. This algae creates energy for the coral through photosynthesis, which requires moderate to high intense aquarium lighting. This species is also a filter feeder and requires strong currents that it can filter plankton or other micro foods from the current to supplement its nutritional needs.

Notes: Acclimates best in an established reef aquarium. Ideally this species should be kept in an established reef aquarium so that it can supplement its diet with planktonic foods via filter feeding. It is important to position this species away from other soft corals and sessile invertebrates and to allow adequate room for growth, as under the right conditions, this species can grow rapidly. Under correct conditions, the Waving Hand Coral will spread laterally over adjacent rockwork forming a mat like appearance on the rocks.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" - 2", Medium 2" - 3", Large 3" - 4"


Small $39.99 Medium $69.99Large $149.99
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Aquacultured Blue Xenia
Anthelia spp.

Tank raised means a healthier & more colorful coral

Description: Blue Xenia also called Blue Anthillia is groupings of colonial animals with multiple individual polyps attached to a piece of solid substrate. They form stalks as they grow, and to reproduce. They are a beautiful blue color and their eight-tentacle polyps do not pulse like other species of Xenia but will sway beautifully in the reef aquarium in time to the tank current. Under proper conditions, these colonies will grow out and cover adjacent rock, giving a mat like appearance. Waving Hand Corals can range in color from pink, blue, brown, or tan and their polyps have the distinctive eight-leaved tentacles associated with all of the members of this family. While they do not pulse like xenia corals, they do wave in the water currents, which gives them their common name. This species is best kept by a moderate to advanced reef aquarist in a mature reef aquarium with strong water movement and intense quality lighting.

The Xenia we ship you is many generations aquacultured. This is very important since aquacultured Xenia are hardier than wild-collected specimens and are without the potential to carry sea born infections, or disease to your tank. They have lived there entire life under aquarium lighting and with aquarium type water flow and movement. A fast growing coral, provide adequate space between them and other types of soft corals.

Care Level: Moderate

Temperature: 77-83°F

Salinity: 1.025-1.027

Alk/dKH: 8-10dKH

Calcium: 380-450ppm

Magnesium: 1250-1350ppm

Lighting: Moderate to high lighting levels with either power compact fluorescents or T5 fluorescents should be adequate for aquariums 25 inches in height or less. On deeper aquariums, metal halides should be used to make sure that adequate lighting intensity makes it to the bottom of the aquarium where Waving Hand Corals are typically placed.

Water Flow:
Indirect medium to strong water currents are required, along with excellent water quality.

Additives: Additions of iodine appear necessary for best health and pulsation, Trace Elements for continued good coloration.

Feeding: Blue Xenia (Blue Anthella), receive much of their nutrition through their symbiotic zooxanthellae algae that is hosted within their bodies. This algae creates energy for the coral through photosynthesis, which requires moderate to high intense aquarium lighting. This species is also a filter feeder and requires strong currents that it can filter plankton or other micro foods from the current to supplement its nutritional needs.

Notes: Acclimates best in an established reef aquarium. Ideally this species should be kept in an established reef aquarium so that it can supplement its diet with planktonic foods via filter feeding. It is important to position this species away from other soft corals and sessile invertebrates and to allow adequate room for growth, as under the right conditions, this species can grow rapidly. Under correct conditions, the Waving Hand Coral will spread laterally over adjacent rockwork forming a mat like appearance on the rocks.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" - 2", Medium 2" - 3", Large 3" - 4"


Small $39.99 Medium $69.99 Large $149.99
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Aquacultured
Silver/Green Pumping Xenia
Xenia Elongata sp

Tank raised means a healthier & more colorful coral

Silver Xenia is much like it's counterpart, Umbellata Pumping Xenia, accept it has most beautiful silver/Green tips. Silver Xenia is a rapid growing soft coral that is by far one of the most popular species available for any aquarium. It's hand waving movement brings your attention to it's soft, silvery grey and various shades of golden polyps that are silvery tipped. In rhythm, healthy polyps continuously open and close; whereas, an unhappy or newly acclimated one will remain still. Their relaxing display of pulsating movement can be mesmerizing and a real joy to watch. They bring an inviting motion to your aquarium that is most attractive. If you don't already have one, this will be a species that you will not regret adding to your tank.

The Silver/Green Pumping Xenia we ship you is many generations aquacultured. This is very important since aquacultured Xenia are hardier than wild-collected specimens and are without the potential to carry sea born infections, or disease to your tank. They have lived there entire life under aquarium lighting and with aquarium type water flow and movement. A fast growing coral, provide adequate space between them and other types of soft corals.

Care Level: Moderate

Temperature: 77-83°F

Salinity: 1.025-1.027

Alk/dKH: 8-10dKH

Calcium: 380-450ppm

Magnesium: 1250-1350ppm

Lighting: Moderate to high lighting levels with either power compact fluorescents or T5 fluorescents should be adequate for aquariums 25 inches in height or less. On deeper aquariums, metal halides should be used to make sure that adequate lighting intensity makes it to the bottom of the aquarium where Waving Hand Corals are typically placed.

Water Flow:
Indirect medium to strong water currents are required, along with excellent water quality.

Additives: Additions of iodine appear necessary for best health and pulsation, Trace Elements for continued good coloration.

Feeding: The Silver/Green Pumping Xenia (Xenia sp), receive much of their nutrition through their symbiotic zooxanthellae algae that is hosted within their bodies. This algae creates energy for the coral through photosynthesis, which requires moderate to high intense aquarium lighting. This species is also a filter feeder and requires strong currents that it can filter plankton or other micro foods from the current to supplement its nutritional needs.

Notes: Acclimates best in an established reef aquarium. Ideally this species should be kept in an established reef aquarium so that it can supplement its diet with planktonic foods via filter feeding. It is important to position this species away from other soft corals and sessile invertebrates and to allow adequate room for growth, as under the right conditions, this species can grow rapidly. Under correct conditions, the Waving Hand Coral will spread laterally over adjacent rockwork forming a mat like appearance on the rocks.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" - 2", Medium 2" - 3", Large 3" - 4


Small $39.99 Medium $69.99 Large $149.99
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Aquacultured
Vargas Purple Monster Cespitularia/Efflatounaria
Cespitularia/Efflatounaria sp.

A must have for the softie collector!!!

Description:This rare and beautiful Xenia Cespitularia form is called the Tony Vargas Purple Monster from the origional parent colonies gifted from the aquarium of author Tony Vargas. It is a beautiful crystalline purple/blue color that really pops when seen top down through the water or illuminated by aquarium lighting. There is some confusion as to whether this soft coral is Cespitularia or Efflatounaria. Its growth form is considerably more robust and seems to spread more quickly.

Aquacultured Xenia are hardier than wild-collected specimens and are without the potential to carry sea born infections, or disease to your tank. They have lived there entire life under aquarium lighting and with aquarium type water flow and movement. A fast growing coral, provide adequate space between them and other types of soft corals.

Care Level: Moderate

Temperature: 77-83°F

Salinity: 1.025-1.027

Alk/dKH: 8-10dKH

Calcium: 380-450ppm

Magnesium: 1250-1350ppm

Lighting: Moderate to high lighting levels with either power compact fluorescents or T5 fluorescents should be adequate for aquariums 25 inches in height or less. On deeper aquariums, metal halides should be used to make sure that adequate lighting intensity makes it to the bottom of the aquarium where Waving Hand Corals are typically placed.

Water Flow:
Indirect medium to strong water currents are required, along with excellent water quality.

Additives: Additions of iodine appear necessary for best health and pulsation, Trace Elements for continued good coloration.

Feeding: The Silver/Green Pumping Xenia (Xenia sp), receive much of their nutrition through their symbiotic zooxanthellae algae that is hosted within their bodies. This algae creates energy for the coral through photosynthesis, which requires moderate to high intense aquarium lighting. This species is also a filter feeder and requires strong currents that it can filter plankton or other micro foods from the current to supplement its nutritional needs.

Notes: Acclimates best in an established reef aquarium. Ideally this species should be kept in an established reef aquarium so that it can supplement its diet with planktonic foods via filter feeding. It is important to position this species away from other soft corals and sessile invertebrates and to allow adequate room for growth, as under the right conditions, this species can grow rapidly. Under correct conditions, the Waving Hand Coral will spread laterally over adjacent rockwork forming a mat like appearance on the rocks.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" - 2", Medium 2" - 3"


Small $59.99 Medium $109.99
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   Aquacultured
Metallic Blue
Xenia Cespitularia
Cespitularia sp.

A must have for the softie collector!!!

Description:The Cespitularia genus of corals falls under the family Xeniidae and is closely related to Xenia and Anthelia. Delicate, feathery polyps grow on the ends of long stalks, but Cespitularia sp. lack the rapid pulsing behavior found in many other Xeniids. Cespitularia species are located throughout Indo-Pacific Area and Red Sea. Colonies are usually found in shallow areas near the shoreline in both clear and turbid water that is somewhat protected from heavy wave action. Cespitularia reproduce asexually like other Xeniids through colonial fission.

Aquaculture Blue Metallic Cespitularia is a great candidate to be the center piece of any aquarium because it is both rare and beautiful! It is a "must have" for the serious soft coral collector

Care Level: Moderate

Temperature: 77-83°F

Salinity: 1.025-1.027

Alk/dKH: 8-10dKH

Calcium: 380-450ppm

Magnesium: 1250-1350ppm

Lighting: Metal halides should be used to make sure that adequate lighting intensity makes it to the bottom of the aquarium. The more intense lighting will deepen the metallic blue coloration of the coral and develop the calcareous sclerites, which allow it to sparkle!

Water Flow:
Indirect medium to strong water currents are required, along with excellent water quality.

Additives: Additions of iodine appear necessary for best health and pulsation, Trace Elements for continued good coloration.

Feeding: The Silver/Green Pumping Xenia (Xenia sp), receive much of their nutrition through their symbiotic zooxanthellae algae that is hosted within their bodies. This algae creates energy for the coral through photosynthesis, which requires moderate to high intense aquarium lighting. This species is also a filter feeder and requires strong currents that it can filter plankton or other micro foods from the current to supplement its nutritional needs.

Notes: Acclimates best in an established reef aquarium. Ideally this species should be kept in an established reef aquarium so that it can supplement its diet with planktonic foods via filter feeding. It is important to position this species away from other soft corals and sessile invertebrates and to allow adequate room for growth, as under the right conditions, this species can grow rapidly. Under correct conditions, the Waving Hand Coral will spread laterally over adjacent rockwork forming a mat like appearance on the rocks.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" - 2", Medium 2" - 3"


Small $59.99 Medium $109.99
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 Aquacultured Giant
White Pom Pom Xenia
Xenia sp.

Description:This type of Xenia is larger and unlike any other form of Xenia we've seen in aquaria. The mother colonies are approximately 6" tall, with fat stalks, and large snowflake white polyps that dwarf any other type of pom-pom Xenia sold. A slower grower than other forms of Xenia, which is a better option when designing a mixed reef aquarium than other types of faster growing Xenia. Keep in mind that the aquacultured xenia that we will ship you will be small, starter colonies about 2" high. These smaller colonies ship considerably better than adult colonies. If your reef tank parameters are correct, within a few months they should be growing well and getting close to reaching their full height in your aquarium.

The Giant Pom Pom Xenia we ship you is many generations aquacultured . This is very important since aquacultured Xenia are hardier than wild-collected specimens and are without the potential to carry sea born infections, or disease to your tank. They have lived there entire life under aquarium lighting and with aquarium type water flow and movement. A fast growing coral, provide adequate space between them and other types of soft corals.

Care Level: Moderate

Temperature: 77-83°F

Salinity: 1.025-1.027

Alk/dKH: 8-10dKH

Calcium: 380-450ppm

Magnesium: 1250-1350ppm

Lighting: Moderate to high lighting levels with either power compact fluorescents or T5 fluorescents should be adequate for aquariums 25 inches in height or less. On deeper aquariums, metal halides should be used to make sure that adequate lighting intensity makes it to the bottom of the aquarium where Waving Hand Corals are typically placed.

Water Flow:
Indirect medium to strong water currents are required, along with excellent water quality.

Additives: Additions of iodine appear necessary for best health and pulsation, Trace Elements for continued good coloration.

Feeding: The Silver/Green Pumping Xenia (Xenia sp), receive much of their nutrition through their symbiotic zooxanthellae algae that is hosted within their bodies. This algae creates energy for the coral through photosynthesis, which requires moderate to high intense aquarium lighting. This species is also a filter feeder and requires strong currents that it can filter plankton or other micro foods from the current to supplement its nutritional needs.

Notes: Acclimates best in an established reef aquarium. Ideally this species should be kept in an established reef aquarium so that it can supplement its diet with planktonic foods via filter feeding. It is important to position this species away from other soft corals and sessile invertebrates and to allow adequate room for growth, as under the right conditions, this species can grow rapidly. Under correct conditions, the Waving Hand Coral will spread laterally over adjacent rockwork forming a mat like appearance on the rocks.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2"


$49.99
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  Aquacultured Xenia Package

Available in Small (1" to 2") or Medium - (2" to 3") size coral pieces

  Pink & White RedSea Xenia (Umballata) - The fastest pulsating of all xenia species.
Silver/Green Pumping Xenia (Elongata) -
extremely fast pulsing, grows fast.
Waving Hand Pom Pom Xenia - So named for it's arm-like stalk, topped by a Pom Pom like top. 
 


Starting at $139.99
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Photos are representative of each species. Each animalis unique and variations should be expected.