The Hairy Mushroom coral (Rhodactis Indsinensis) are bred in captivity and they are very easy to propagate in any home aquaria, which can contribute to preserving the wild populations. Just keeping it well fed with small pieces of fish and crustaceans will cause the Hairy Mushroom to multiply quickly. Even after splitting, the clone mushroom at times doesn't always resemble the "mother" mushroom.
The Hairy Mushroom coral is a member of the corallimorpharia that is native to the Indo Pacific. A perfect soft coral for low to mid section of the reef aquarium. It is a very easy to maintain coral, and a good choice for the beginner. This mushroom coral can be found in shades of green, purple, brown and tan. Regardless of the coral and design of the coral, the surface of all hairy mushroom corals will appear hairy, because they are all covered extensively with small, delicate hair-like tentacles. When exposed to moderate to strong lighting the hairy mushroom coral will open fully to between 5" and 7" across.
Water Flow and Lighting
The Hairy Mushrooms is pretty easy going. No matter what level of light you have. Low light, moderate light, or high intensity light, it is no problem for this guy. It will adjust to any lighting just by changing its location in the tank. As far as water movement, they prefer low water velocity, but will do okay in a moderate flow as well.Lighting can be Power compacts, T5's, LED's or even Metal Halides. All lighting can grow Mushroom Corals as long as the proper level of light is provided. If a Par meter is available the appropriate lighting level is anywhere from a Par 80 all the way to a Par 150. Which is a wide range of acceptability. For lighting spectrum use between a 14-20K color spectrum for your bulbs for best coloration.
All mushrooms are semi-aggressive and require adequate space between themselves and other corals. Placement can be any where in the aquarium as long as it receives adequate water flow and lighting levels and leaves enough room around your corals that they have room for growth without infringing on another corals growing room or lighting.
Diet and Feeding
Mushroom corals receive the majority of their nutritional requirements through the process of photosynthesis, which simply means their lighting creates symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae in the body of the coral which provides its nutrition. We do recommend providing supplemental food such as micro-plankton or foods designed for filter-feeding invertebrates.