No ugly colors or small polyps here! Many colors of ricordea and quantity packages to choose from. Like all our corals and fish, all ricordea have been in our tanks for an extended length of time to get beyond the stress of moving from the ocean to an aquarium. All have excellent color, and are 11/4 - 13/4 inches when fully inflated. All ricordea are attached to rubble or small pieces of rock and are easy to glue down to either one large rock or a number of small rocks if you wish to. Ricordea mushrooms are an easy to keep great beginner coral.. They generally reproduce rapidly in captivity and spead over rockwork moving toward the light. They are sure to stand out in any reef aquarium.
If you wish, you can mount your Ricordea Mushrooms using IC gel glue, or aquarium epoxy putty, in the bottom half of the aquarium where they can reproduce and expand their colonies over the rock. If you do not want them growing on your your main rock structure try creating a mushroom island by mounting several types of mushrooms to one larger rock and placing it as an island in your sand bed.
Water Flow and Lighting
Florida Ricordea are easy to maintain in the reef aquarium. They prefer a low to moderate water movement, and a low to moderate lighting level. Lighting can be Power compacts, T5's, LED's or even Metal Halides. All lighting can grow Florida Ricordea Mushrooms 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 200. 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
Ricordea 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.