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There is a new video slide show at the bottom of the page, so check that out if you have been here before and want to see something new. They are small size and low-res but do show some of the current mushroom availabilities. Birdfish sees some real cherries in there!   ;)

"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 many of them!

Red Spotted Mushrooms

Red Spotted Mushrooms

Assorted 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 a cross between anemones and corals. Individual, but usually semi-colonial coral polyp-like anemones, often without tentacles.

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

(Rare) Orange Mushrooms

Margined Mushrooms

Margined Mushrooms

Green Indo. Ricordea

They like iodine, low water flow is OK, don't need high light, and they're non-aggressive ... ... a perfect aquarium pet!

To right: Ricordea 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.

Assorted Mushrooms "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! Assorted Mushrooms
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 very neat cool animals!

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!

Pimple Mushrooms

After shipping when they first come in they will be in full retraction, often a fifth or even a tenth or less of their fully expanded size. Some fully open in a day or two. Others take a while to really settle down, sometimes a month or two, some even six months or a year, but when they do, they will often then incessantly throw off babies if conditions are right. I once had blues spitting off multiple babies monthly.
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. They are much more expensive as export is quite limited.

So often 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 cases, 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 Box-lot Specials Page or our Corals Directory for more details.

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

Happy 'shrooms!
Viet Nam Mushrooms Blue Mushrooms Green Mushrooms Striped Mushrooms Mushrooms Red Spotted Mushrooms Blue Mushrooms Rare Orange Mushrooms Striped Mushrooms Mushrooms Green Watermelon Mushrooms Flame-pattern Mushrooms Green Mushrooms Pimple/Ricordea Mushrooms Red Striped Mushrooms Hairy Mushrooms Red Mushrooms Green Indo. Ricordea Red Mushrooms with Euphyllia Spotted Green Mushrooms Spotted Green Mushrooms Hairy Mushrooms Green Mushrooms Rare Orange Mushrooms Pale Green Mushrooms Green Mushrooms Green Mushrooms Green Mushrooms Striped Mushrooms

Here is a slide show video of Indonesian mushrooms currently available from one of our suppliers.