I keep up with my water changes pretty well. I think it may have been because I was not changing out my filter carbon frequently enough in the canister. More frequent changes have resulted in an increase in growth in some of my zoas but still not all & not as much as I wanted. I have noticed that the supplement part a & b between my water changes has perked up some of the colors greens mostly but still no staggering growth developments. so I have slacked off on additives. The color loss is mostly resolved with the addition of uv strip to my existing rgb led. The red/orange fading seemed to start once I changed from the compact florescent to leds on the tank. So I'm not too sure about the reduction in spectrum intensity because it actually started when the light was brand new it just very slowly progressing over 8 or so months. Like I had a orange & purple ricordia it turned greenish yellow & purple. I was loosing orange & red colors just realy slowly. I found out that most led lights do not cover the uv spectrum very well unless they specifically have a uv led in the fixture & research suggests orange & red coloration in some corals is associated with uv light. As a means of protecting themselves from uv light so with not enough uv & no need for the red/ orange pigment they faded out. At least that is what I have understood from my reading. The addition of the uv strip has brought back most of the orange/ red pigments not as intense perhaps as with the pc light but defiantly orange & red colors rather than yellowish & green colors & no more fading noted. I do however have one ric that refuses to be orange again. It had turned green & purple instead of orange & purple has become now yellow & purple & refuses to be orange no matter where I put it in the tank it's mother ric is orange & purple & the colors are holding well so whatever maybe it's just weird. I think if I had a stronger uv source they would be more intense but they are actually still very nice looking & my party colored rics completely recovered all former colors so I'm pretty satisfied. I need to continue tweaking my maintenance schedule a bit hopefully it will also help to increase growth.
old zoas appear to be growing slower than new additions.
my old radioactive dragon eyes have not grown at all nor my blow pop but they do look happier/bigger/brighter my "eye of jupiter/whamin watermelons or whatever have 2 new polyps. my peanut butter cups disappeared all but 2 O.o all other old addition zoas have no new growth but are larger & fuller looking. I have fragged my kenya tree twice & my mushrooms have all each divided at least once. several of my rics have either made new mouths or split. My green stars are finally on the pipe for my fuge the new colony is growing faster than my old one O.o.
I have added to the tank from my last post.
4 polyp gorilla nipple zoas now 7 polyps,
purple puddles 2 polyps still have 2 or they may be ppe not sure,mouth is whiteish they have doubled in size.
I added some green & brown zoas that have begun color morphing from a green croset zoa to a more intense forest green covering the oral disk with a brighter green ring area around the mouth. started out with 2 frags one had about 8 polyps & the other about 13 they have both nearly doubled in size <3
also some zoas no idea what they are with brownish vaguely greenish skirt a orange ring a thin brown/orange ring then a thin orange "ring" it doesn't always make a complete circle & then a brown/orange area round mouth & white mouth. started with 5 have 6 now.
added some green & "lavender" pallys 2 or 3 new polyps
Some eclipse pallys no new growth.
goblin fire zoas started with 4 now have about 10 of those <3.
I added what I thought were horizon zoas at the end of last month & I still think is a morph of horizons but not exactly the same this morphs skirt is two tone orange. The disk has thin purple/ brown ring then a lavenderish ring then brown ring then a peachish sort of center & they are growing so fast :3 <3! I started with about 12 now I have like 20
eventually I hope to have the right side completely dominated by zoas as much as the left side is dominated by shrooms with a scattering of rics at the bottom a kenya in the middle/back & as much green stars as possible on the back glass/ tubes & stuff areas.
...it's a slow proses....