Light Requirement: Low 100-150par
Flow Requirement: We have tested this guy in low flow and high flow. Learning that he enjoys low flow for larger bounce but can also handle a medium flow of a SPS system.
Rhodactis (Rhodactis sp.) mushrooms are a diverse group of mushrooms that are loved by beginners and advanced hobbyists alike. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and some of the species, like the Bounce mushroom with their brightly colored bubbles are one of the most popular species on the market. They are native to the Indo-Pacific. When placing them in an aquarium, they should be placed in an area where they will experience moderate light and flow. It should be noted that they are able to release their foot and move around the tank, settling where they feel best. They contain a symbiotic algae that provides them with a source of food, but they will also feed on a variety of foods placed in the tank such as phytoplankton, or coral food. Before adding a mushroom to the tank make sure to dip it and then acclimate it. As a note, when mushrooms are irritated they can produce a mucus that makes them difficult to hold. That mucus can also be dangerous if it touches sensitive skin or is ingested by humans, cats, or dogs.
Discosoma (Discosoma sp.) mushrooms are one of the hardiest and most forgiving mushrooms available. They can be found in solid colors, spots, and stripes, some, like the Jawbreaker, are highly sought after. These mushrooms are native to the Indo-Pacific and are also popularly propagated by hobbyists. When placing these coral in the tank, keep in mind, they tend to thrive in lower lighting and lower flow. One unique thing about this group is that as they move around, they often leave behind part of their foot. From the material that is left behind, a new mushroom will grow. Because of this it doesn’t take much for a tank to quickly develop a sizable population of mushrooms. They contain a symbiotic algae that provides them with nutrients but they can be fed with phytoplankton or coral food. Before adding them to any tank make sure that they are dipped, and then acclimated. If irritated mushrooms produce a slime or a mucus that not only makes them hard to handle, but also can cause health problems if it comes in contact with the sensitive skin of humans or their four-legged pets.