Red Actinodiscus Mushrooms are usually described as Mushroom Anemones, Disc Anemones, False Polyp and also Gem Polyp's. The species, was recently added to the Discosoma family, loved by aquarist's throughout the world. Like other Discosoma mushrooms there are many variations of red color from lighter pinks to deep reds. Red is not a common color in aquaria, well at least true red, since most reds border on orange or brown. These mushrooms are a welcome member, taking out nutrients that we don't want in our system, as well as adorning an area of rock with their beautiful red coloring. Besides their impressive coloring, the Red Mushrooms reach only 2"-3" in diameter. Small and compact, they are a great addition to any reef tank, or to larger sized aquariums as well. The Red Actinodiscus Mushroom also propagates easily in captivity.
Water Flow and Lighting
The Red Mushroom coral 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.