Saltwater Aquarium Corals for Marine Reef Aquariums: Frilly Bounced Mushroom Coral
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Frilly Bounced Mushroom Coral
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Frilly Bounced Mushroom Coral (Rhodactis sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Green, Purple
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Origin Tonga
Family Discosomatidae
Lighting Low to Moderate
Supplements Iodine, Trace Elements
Waterflow Medium
Placement Bottom to Middle
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Overview

The Frilly Bounced Mushroom is a member of the Rhodactis genus, formerly called Discosoma. It generally grows larger and has shorter tentacles than other mushroom corals.

The Frilly Bounced Mushroom is easy to maintain in the reef aquarium, and a good choice for the beginner hobbyist. It is somewhat aggressive, however, and can harm sessile invertebrates and overgrow other inhabitants of the reef. It requires a low to medium light level combined with a medium water movement within the aquarium.

It may reproduce in the home aquarium provided that water conditions are adequate, sometimes causing over-population. A small portion of the base or mouth will separate from the parent polyp and grow into a full-sized mushroom within a few months.

The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within its body provide some of its nutritional requirements, but it also eats plankton and some larger organisms.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4"; Medium: 2-1/4" to 3-1/4"; Large: 3-1/2" to 5"

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