Mushroom corals are one the easiest corals to keep in reef aquaria. They are soft corals that are closely related to the anemone. Mushrooms do not have an a skeletal structure and can take quite a few tank fluctuations, hence being one of the most preferred corals especially amongst beginner aquarists.
They are easier yet not easy. They can tolerate a variety of fluctuations yet PH, Salinity and temp should always be as stable as possible. They usually prefer lower lighting and some are known to detatch themselves and reattach themselves in a more desirable spot. They have a peaceful temperament yet they may dominate other corals for space so there should be some space between mushrooms and other corals.
There are a few different types of mushrooms seen in the hobby, some with smooth surfaces, other bumps, spotted. They come in many different colours and sizes, with Bounce Mushrooms being one of the most popular mushroom in the hobby at this time.
Bounce mushrooms have been appearing both in reef aquaria and in the wild for a while. All start out as a Rhodactis that just got ‘lucky’.
Bounce mushrooms in the wild have only been observed in shallower areas and a lot of people believe that this is a sort of mutation due to high intensity blue light. Whatever it is they sure are pretty!
Please also note that some mushrooms like zoanthids should be handled with care as some may spray out toxin. Always wear protective eyewear, gloves and cover and open wound or abrasions when handling these animals.
Lighting: Medium to Low
Flow: Medium to Low