Scientific Name: Actinodiscus SP
Common Name: Mushroom Corals
Type of Coral: Softie
Lighting: Moderate and Moderate to Low
Care Level: Easy
Mushrooms can also be found in a wide verity of colors and sizes making then a very great choice to add some color to any reef aquarium. They also commonly range in size from ½ inch to 2 inches, but there are a few types of mushrooms that do get larger. The below pictures are just a few examples.
The below link highlights typical water conditions mushrooms will require. I have had the best luck with mushrooms when kept in water with 1 to 2 ppm of nitrate when lighting and flow requirements were met and all other water parameters in line as described in the below link.
As mushroom do not have a calcified skeleton structure, they can be more tolerant of swings in the alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium when compared to other corals. However, they will not be very tolerance to swings in pH, Temp, or salinity which is no different than any other coral or fish. They are a very hardly coral making them a good choice for people new to the hobby. As with most other corals, mushrooms have natural defense mechanisms to protect themselves. They have a chemical defense system based on stinging tentacle that will extend out from its cap. This can be harmfully to certain types of other soft corals and SPS corals. This makes it important to ensure you leave about 2 inches of space between your mushroom corals and other types of corals you may have in your tank. Mushroom will do best when placed on your live rock in your tank.
As with all corals, the exterior slime coating can be a skin irritant or even highly toxic to humans so please, handle all corals with care. I would recommend wearing rubber glove whenever you handle corals
Mushrooms can be easily fragged with very high success
Mushroom corals like an aquarium superman rhodactis mushroom are a great choice for a beginner coral. They are a soft coral and among the hardiest of corals commonly found in the hobby today which can tolerate less than idea water conditions for short periods of time. Mushrooms can also be found in a wide verity of colors and sizes making then a very great choice to add some color to any reef aquarium. They are also readily available in most local fish stores and on-line reef stores.
There will be a few more articles posted on other easier/simpler corals to care for, so stay tune, more to come.
The below will outline the requirements to keep mushroom corals healthy and thriving in your tank.