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Shark..but a friendly one
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Bored, and feel like trying something new to breath a little life back into this section.....

Title pretty much says it all. We'll take a Coral, once a month/week/day depending on what kind of response we see, and run with it.

Looking mostly for 'personal experiences' here..... no salesmen hype.....'vague' parameters......looking at a Coral on your smart phone while staring at it in the store wishing you had more information on it.

Folks that have been around awhile can help those just starting out....confused and nervous about getting started.

Let's give this a whirl shall we.....

COMMON MUSHROOMS
Corallimorphs (Actinodiscus Nummiformis)
(" Scientists have trouble telling them apart....DON'T SOOT ME!")

Now THAT being said, that's the last of the technical mumbo jumbo......but a lot of folks like to know the 'names' of stuff.

One of my very first Corals if not THE FIRST 7 years ago. Subjected to every newbee horror you can imagine, and prefer to think I even invented some.

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One of my first Corals.

I have a 210 gallon 'reef' tank, and have had these Corals under old t12 and t8 bulbs I'd consider 'LOW LIGHT', to my newer (16) bulb t5's which I love by the way, and would consider this now 'MED-HIGH LIGHTING'.

Low, to almost none existent flow, to hang on to your britches flow as I have them exposed to now. GHA covered before, to an almost Ultra clean system.

I have a reef full of Mushrooms, and Leathers........Have had the Giant Cup mushrooms, Frilly Green, Hairy Green and Browns, Elephant Ears...... I love our Mushrooms, BUT these Red ones under different lighting, natural sun light, intense blues..... They have a shimmer all their own, and seemingly change throughout the day/evening. Can't say enough about them. I have noticed they do tend to get larger, perhaps up to 4+" across, but do change in size during the day. They have an 'obvious' mouth in the center of their discs which help to identify them.

I'll be adding to this off and on, and see where this thread goes from here. If'n anyone has had/have these, would love to see you jump on in here. All the best,
Hack
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Shark..but a friendly one
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In nature are found in the Indo-Pacific Oceans and recently been seen in the Red Sea as well. They have been found on outer reef slopes, but prefer Lagoons and tidal pools. They feed off of particulates in the water, so when extra food lands on them, they will take advantage of it. No need to target feed, though if you're the type that just MUST, baby brine shrimp would work. I tried 'target feeding' all my Corals, Zoo and Phyto plankton.....but after a few bottle got bored, and never seen a difference either direction.

They are not the fastest growing of my Mushrooms, but as you can see from the pictures, They find a place, and guard it against all comers. They are right next to an Elephant Ear Mushroom....probably for 2-3 years, and though the Elephant Ear keeps growing, it doesn't take any real-estate from the Purple, which I tend to call 'Red' Mushrooms....THAT'S THEIR SPACE!

They've been up there on those rocks for 3-4 years or so(?), and previously on the sand bed.....back when I had a sand bed. Grew next to a patch of Cinnamon Grande Palys....AND THEY ARE LAND GRABBERS..... but once again you can see in the pictures....Uh uh.....THAT'S THEIR TURF!

I have another type of common Mushroom, that after perhaps 2'ish years deciding whether or not they like it here, have flourished through my whole tank....... but these fellas kinda just stay to themselves in a little place they like, so would't classify them as 'invasive' as I WOULD my other common Mushrooms.
Hack
 

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Purple Mushroom

I find this site very helpful and more 'on the money' without a pushy sales pitch when used for a reference source. Actually I don't think they even sell Corals?

I've checked a lot of my usual ON-LINE sources, and they all seem to be 'out of stock', but are in the $40-$80.00 range when they do have a supply.

I have noticed on the vast majority of the sites they say 'these particular Mushrooms like higher light than others or they fade to a brown.' NOT AT ALL NOTICED with my experience.....They actually have a florescence about them under my t5's they didn't have under lower light conditions, you can begin to see in this picture,
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They almost universally state they are 'invasive'...... once again NOT AT ALL my experience. Actually one of the least adventurous species I own......even lease so than my Green Hairy Mushrooms which seem ALMOST as well behaved.

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Bored, and feel like trying something new to breath a little life back into this section.....

Title pretty much says it all. We'll take a Coral, once a month/week/day depending on what kind of response we see, and run with it.

Looking mostly for 'personal experiences' here..... no salesmen hype.....'vague' parameters......looking at a Coral on your smart phone while staring at it in the store wishing you had more information on it.

Folks that have been around awhile can help those just starting out....confused and nervous about getting started.

Let's give this a whirl shall we.....

COMMON MUSHROOMS
Corallimorphs (Actinodiscus Nummiformis)
(" Scientists have trouble telling them apart....DON'T SOOT ME!")

Now THAT being said, that's the last of the technical mumbo jumbo......but a lot of folks like to know the 'names' of stuff.

One of my very first Corals if not THE FIRST 7 years ago. Subjected to every newbee horror you can imagine, and prefer to think I even invented some.

<img src="http://www.thereeftank.com/gallery/files/6/9/5/4/4/20200424_130013_34649.jpg" alt="Hack's Reef"/>

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<img src="http://www.thereeftank.com/gallery/files/6/9/5/4/4/cam00197.jpg" alt="Hack's Reef"/>
One of my first Corals.

I have a 210 gallon 'reef' tank, and have had these Corals under old t12 and t8 bulbs I'd consider 'LOW LIGHT', to my newer (16) bulb t5's which I love by the way, and would consider this now 'MED-HIGH LIGHTING'.

Low, to almost none existent flow, to hang on to your britches flow as I have them exposed to now. GHA covered before, to an almost Ultra clean system.

I have a reef full of Mushrooms, and Leathers........Have had the Giant Cup mushrooms, Frilly Green, Hairy Green and Browns, Elephant Ears...... I love our Mushrooms, BUT these Red ones under different lighting, natural sun light, intense blues..... They have a shimmer all their own, and seemingly change throughout the day/evening. Can't say enough about them. I have noticed they do tend to get larger, perhaps up to 4+" across, but do change in size during the day. They have an 'obvious' mouth in the center of their discs which help to identify them.

I'll be adding to this off and on, and see where this thread goes from here. If'n anyone has had/have these, would love to see you jump on in here. All the best,
Hack
:beer:
wow, just wow..whatta beautiful corals you have.
 

Shark..but a friendly one
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Thanks!:wavey:

I was hoping to be able to 'edit' this new thread a little today to correct an over site on my behalf...... but appears my 'ibity bibity boo' powers don't work on this site.

Was thinking for this to work as a 'reference' going forward, we'd need to have some kind of an 'index' so it doesn't turn into just a LOOOOOONG thread we'd have to dig through to find a Coral we were interested in.:confused:

I guess, IF this proves to be 'a thing', we could with each new Coral, use 'CORALS IN THE SPOTLIGHT....so and so' in the thread title. THAT would work!:agree:

We'll see.....but first, let's see if we can make this sound like I had invisioned.
Hack
 

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I've decided to add a bunch of pictures of ALL of my Mushroom Corals. I've decided since they are growing in the same environment, lighting, flow, chemistry.....AND they are all Mushrooms, what the hey......This way when you're at your lfs, nose against the glass you can remember what you saw at 'That crazy guy's tank on TRT.:D


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As well as the purple Mushrooms I was talking about in this picture, there's others living in harmony with them.....The big flowing gnarly one to their right is an ELEPHANT EAR MUSHROOM. The greenish ones intertwined throughout the picture is......,you guessed it, COMMON GREEN MUSHROOMS.

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The Elephant Ear Mushroom early on. They continue to grow, but rather than divide, they continue to cascade developing more and more mouths.


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These are FRILLY GREEN MUSHROOMS....There are another Mushroom Coral called a HAIRY GREEN MUSHROOM.....coming soon.
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And when the lights dim at the end of the day, the 'blues' will make these things absolutely glow!

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The HAIRY GREEN MUSHROOMS
I have had a variant of these ones, the BROWN HAIRY MUSHROOMS......identical except for the color obviously.....sadly they succumbed to a world class battle with GHA we battled through. * THAT being said, the Green ones, as well as all our other Mushrooms came through on the other side....only the Brown ones perished. Hmmmmmm?

Drum roll please ..........

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Allow me to introduce you to the GIANT CUP MUSHROOM!
("Well ain't THAT just right on cue.....REALLY? Sorry folks, but does add to the moment.")

These things are often confused and intertwined with the Elephant Ear Mushrooms.....Two vastly different creatures! The Elephant Ear is peaceful, and between lighting and stray food and nutrients floating in the tank will flourish beautifully.

The Giant Cup Mushroom on the other hand, and I had two of them early on, are carnivorous! You can see the process of it closing around it's prey/food, called 'a pursing maneuver'. It's tentacles are excited by prey touching them, and triggers it beginning to close and engulf the prey as it digests it. I would hand feed them 3-4 times a week, clams and small pieces of fish.

Sadly I didn't keep up with their needs and they succumbed to bad tank maintenance. An early sad lesson.

They are a very interesting creature, and if your up to the extra work, they are a real show piece. I added them here, but definitely DO NOT classify them as 'common' Mushrooms, for an idea of just how diversified Mushroom Corals can be.

Hack
("I sure hope the images adjust shortly?:confused:....SORRY!")
 

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* NOTE....... As of 2/6/2021 I am experiencing issues with 'my images', OBVIOUSLY. And as soon as possible this will be corrected. So this is not a dead thread, and please feel free to comment, and add info/pictures.
Hack
 

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* AND THIRD n DONE!
Hack
 
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