A member of the Corallimorpharia Order, Ricordea Mushrooms are distinct in appearance and are an excellent choice for the Reef Chaser looking for a pop of color. Their roundish bodies are covered in small, bulbous tentacles and they usually grow to be about 2 to 3" in diameter. Ricordea mushrooms are found in a variety of color combinations in blues, greens, oranges, pinks, purples, reds, yellows, tans, etc.
Ricordea Mushrooms are easy to maintain. Mushrooms, in general, are pretty hardy. Low to moderate water flow is preferred - they do not like heavy water movement. Ricordea mushrooms also prefer low to moderate light. We recommend 80-150 PAR. If your Ricordea gets too much light and/or water movement, it will just detach and float around the tank until it finds a more suitable home. Ricordea Mushrooms prefer attaching to rocks. They reproduce and spread relatively quickly, so many reef-keepers prefer to put them on their own rock separate from the main rock work.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. They also filter-feed on the nutrients in the water column. It is a good idea to provide them with additional foods like microplankton or other foods designed for filter-feeding invertebrates.
When introducing a new mushroom to your reef, please take into consideration that all mushrooms are semi-aggressive. They don't usually start trouble but, like many mushrooms, they need their space to grow, thrive, and colonize.