Mushrooms

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Red Spotted Mushrooms

Red Spotted Mushrooms

Assorted Mushrooms

"Check out these 'shrooms!"

"Look at the colors!"

"Radical!"  ....they've been sayin' that for a hundred years, but today the type of 'shrooms being discussed is different from that of yesteryear ... but "psychedelic" is not too far a stretch in describing them!


Flame-pattern Mushrooms

A tank full of mushrooms of all different colors and varieties is an amazing sight! To the reefer, plain ol' "mushrooms" as they are widely known, are very like anemones. Individual, but usually semi-colonial anemones often without tentacles.
 
Striped Mushrooms

Striped Mushroom

Rare Orange Mushrooms

(Rare) Orange Mushrooms

Blue Mushrooms

Blue Mushrooms



Green Mushrooms
Technically they are corallimorpharians,
commonly in the genera Discosoma,
Rhodactics, Metarhodactis,
Ricordea, Actinodiscus and others.



Below, right: Ricordea Mushrooms



 
Green Indo. Ricordea

They are considered "between" corals and anemones.

They like iodine,
low water flow,
and they're
non-aggressive ...
... a perfect aquarium pet!
 
Margined Mushrooms

Margined Mushrooms


I've shown people systems before and the
conversations went sorta like this:
I'd start with, "... and here's my
Chambered Nautilus" and they'd say,
"WOW what are these?" ...
pointing to some green 'shrooms.

"Those are some green mushrooms," I'd respond,
"... and here's my Blue-ring Octopus ..."

And they'd point elsewhere, "WOW, what are those?"

"Those are blue mushrooms ...
and here's my Great White Shark," I'd say.

"HOLY SMOKES! What in the world are THESE???" they'd ask ...

"Red mushrooms," I'd sigh.
"Here's my mating pair of Bangaii Cardinals,
which are mating right now!" ...

... to which they'd reply,
"Don't tell me these are mushrooms too,"
pointing to some Green Hairies.....
Aaaaaargh!   I give up!

And so, mushrooms captivate everyone
who sees them at first. Keeping them and
getting to know them, one only becomes
more fond of them.
They are neat animals!

Assorted Mushrooms

Assorted Mushrooms

You only need to feed them good light, as they don't require the metal halide route ... daylight (6500k), or actinic, 50-50's, HO, VHO, and CF will all be sufficient for them to grow. For feeding, I supplement the light with my "free invert food" bastings upcurrent of the mulm I squeeze out of my sponge pre-filters ... once a month maybe, and you ought to see them open up when the organic detritus hits them. WOW!


Assorted Mushrooms Assorted Mushrooms
Spotted Green Mushrooms
They take a while to really settle down, sometimes six months or a year, but when they do, they will often then incessantly throw off babies if conditions are right.

 
3-inch Blue Mushroom

I have grown many 3-4" across which have really become spectacular.

 
Blue and Red Mushrooms



Until recently (the last 20-30 years of coral importing for the aquarium hobby), rocks sold were pieces of coral with a colony of red, blue, hairy, green, striped, or whatever, mushrooms on it.
 


Red Mushrooms The reds and blues obviously were in very high demand over the years. Within the last few years, it has become very difficult to get whole rocks of reds and blues.



 
So, what the collectors are doing is gluing individual mushrooms, which are attached to a small rock, to a larger piece of stone or rock, with putty. So you get a piece of rock, cement, or coral, with putty all over it, with 6-8 or more blue or red mushrooms glued to it. Of course the putty will be covered in coralline in time so is not an issue.
You can see this in some of the pictures. In many case, it is a start in the direction of aquaculture, where hands-on creation of the saleable piece is being done for the first time. Also, it probably means in the places where they've been allowed to collect, lots of the red and blue mushrooms are gone. So I say get 'em and grow 'em ... smart money is on 'shrooms.

Red and Blue Mushrooms


If you are interested in learning about ordering an assortment of mushrooms (along with other coral varieties), please refer to our Corals Information Page for more details.

Here is an assortment of mushroom photos for your viewing pleasure!

Happy 'shrooms!
birdfish

Mushrooms
Mushrooms
Pimple Mushrooms
Striped Mushrooms
Striped Mushrooms
Blue Mushrooms
Red Spotted Mushrooms
Spotted Green Mushrooms
Red Mushrooms
Red Striped Mushrooms
Red Mushrooms with Euphyllia
Rare Orange Mushrooms
Rare Orange Mushrooms
Pimple/Ricordea Mushrooms
Green Indo. Ricordea
Hairy Mushrooms
Hairy Mushrooms
Green Watermelon Mushrooms
Pale Green Mushrooms
Green Mushrooms
Green Mushrooms
Green Mushrooms
Green Mushrooms
Green Mushrooms
Green Mushrooms
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