Types of Mushroom Corals
Often referred to as Shrooms, Disc Anemones, or Disc Corals, the Mushroom is considered easy to keep. Most of them can survive a wide range of water parameters and lighting requirements. Some people call them “a great beginner” coral.
You can find them in several colours and patterns. A quick fact to note is how they reproduce – very rapidly. And this way, they help new aquariums look full in no time. Beginner hobbyists won’t find them difficult to keep as they are readily very easy to frag.
Available in colours such as red, brown, and green, mushroom corals are appealing to all range of reefers from new through to experienced.
How to Frag a Mushroom Coral
Let me take you through the easy ways to frag these corals.
- Cut one of the shrooms off of your rock with a sharp blade.
- Put the coral on a neat, flat surface.
- Cut the shroom in both halves. If the coral is too big, you can divide the halves in half again.
- Put the fragged coral in a basket that contains rubble.
- Settle the basket in a low-flow portion of your tank.
- After a few dауѕ уоur new frаgѕ wіll have аttасhеd tо the rubble. Yоu саn now move thе rubblе bасk tо your main dіѕрlау, оut of thе bаѕkеt.
Different Types of Mushrooms
There are three main types of shrooms – the Discosoma, the Ricordea, and the Rhodactis.
This type of shrooms is smooth with a few vesicles on their disk. You can see them in several colour and usually at a decent price. Hіgh-еnd dіѕсоѕоmа, however, саn cost a рrеttу реnnу wіth ѕtrаіnѕ lіkе jawbreakers and есlесtuѕ dіѕсоѕоmа ѕеllіng for thоuѕаndѕ оf dollars.
Once they have good habitat, discosoma can spread and multiply very rapidly. However, they thrive well in medium to high light. In addition to being photosynthetic plants, they also eat aquarium particles.
- Florida False Coral (Florida)
- Knobby False Coral (Yuma)
Usually, ricordea shrooms have a unique appearance – thanks to their round vesicles. There are 2 types namely Ricodea Yuma (from the Pacific) and one from the Caribeean Ricordea Florida.
Between the type varieties, the Pacific appears larger and showier than its Caribbean counterpart. Usually, the former grows up to 5-7 inches in diameter while the latter can be around 1 inch in diameter. Despite its size, the Ricodea Yuma from Pacific is inexpensive. However, as a thumb of rule, the crazier the colours and the more they glow under lights, the more their worth and price tags.
Rhodactis shrooms are coralluimorphs of the order Corallimorpharia. You can’t tell what a Rhodactis mushroom coral looks like by just taking a sight. That’s why this variety of mushroom is very special. They are closely related to stony corals in terms of taxonomy but lack hard exoskeletons as stony corals have.
When it comes to the number of polyp segments, Corallimorphs, like the Rhodactis mushrooms, are similar to stony corals. Although they are not the same, they equally have polyp segments in multiples of six.
The Rhodactis shrooms can range in size from 1-inch to 18 inches – talking about the elephants ear mushrooms. Also worth mentioning is their colour combination that stands out from other varieties.
Muѕhrооmѕ аrе ѕоmе оf thе bеѕt bеgіnnеr frіеndlу ѕресіmеnѕ tо ѕtаrt a rееf tank with. Thеу аrе gеnеrаllу some of thе hardiest оrgаnіѕmѕ іn thе reef-keeping hobby that require very little light аnd аrе tоlеrаnt оf most tank conditions. The exception to this rulе іѕ Ricordea yuma frоm thе Pacific that tеndѕ to bе оn the ѕеnѕіtіvе side.
Hopefully you found this blog post helpful. Catch you on the next one, happy reefing!