The Blue Striped Mushrooms are also referred to as Mushroom Anemones and Disc Anemones. They were previously in a genus called Discosoma. This variety originates from the reefs of Indonesia, and is blue in color with a striped pattern. Their shape will vary depending on both the water flow, and the amount of light in the aquarium. These mushrooms are very hardy, and make a wonderful addition to any reef aquarium.
The Blue Striped Mushrooms are hardy and relatively easy to maintain, and under the right conditions, will multiply and spread very rapidly. In general, they need a medium light level and a low to medium water flow within the aquarium. They are semi-aggressive and require adequate space between themselves and other corals and sessile invertebrates.
Mushrooms receive a majority of their nutrition from the symbiotic zooxanthellae cells hosted within their bodies. They also feed upon dissolved organics, particulate matter as well as plankton that is present in the water column. They do not require supplemental feeding, but can be fed small pieces of chopped shrimp, fish or other meaty foods.
They ship as several small chips of rock each containing one mushroom, glued to one larger rock. These mushrooms will require a few days after acclimation to fully open.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 5"; Large: 5" to 7-1/2"