Mushrooms


Rare Orange 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 many of them!

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.

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


Pimple Mushrooms Red Spotted Mushrooms Red Mushrooms Flame Mushrooms Green 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 very neat cool animals!

Green Watermelon Mushrooms

Green Watermelon 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!



Frilly Mushrooms

Frilly Mushrooms

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

3-inch Blue Mushroom


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.

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.




Rare Orange Mushrooms

(Rare) Orange Mushrooms



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.


Striped 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!
birdfish


Green Indo. Ricordea

Striped Mushrooms

Striped Mushrooms

Viet Nam Mushrooms

Assorted Mushrooms

Tonga Bounce Mushroom

Red Striped Mushrooms

Rare Orange Mushrooms

Green Indo. Ricordea

Flame-pattern Mushrooms

Blue Mushrooms

Hairy Mushrooms

Assorted Mushrooms

Red Spotted Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Hairy Mushrooms

Red Mushrooms

Striped Mushrooms

Spotted Green Mushrooms

Assorted Mushrooms

Pimple/Ricordea Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Green Mushrooms

Red Mushrooms with Euphyllia

Green Mushrooms

Green Mushrooms

Pale Green Mushrooms

Margined Mushrooms

Green Mushrooms

Viet Nam Mushrooms

Spotted Green Mushrooms

Green Mushrooms

Blue Mushrooms

Green Mushrooms

Assorted Mushrooms

Blue and Red Mushrooms

Red and Blue Mushrooms

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