Mushroom Corals: Watermelon Mushroom Coral, Actinodiscus Sp.
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Watermelon Mushroom Coral, Actinodiscus Sp.

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The Watermelon Mushroom Coral Actinodiscus Sp. Mushroom Corals display a wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns. Some are solid colors, others striped or spotted. They are hardy and a good beginner coral (easy to maintain). In the aquarium, under the right conditions, mushrooms multiply and spread.

In general, they need a medium light level, and should be placed lower in the tank if the light intensity is high. Most mushroom corals prefer a low to medium water flow within the aquarium. Each coral ships as several individual mushrooms attached to one rock.

Care Level Easy

Water Flow and Lighting Watermelon Mushroom corals are all 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 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 200. Which is a wide range of acceptability. For lighting spectrum use between a 14-20K color spectrum for your bulbs for best coloration.

Placement 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.

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