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Old 01-10-2010, 07:27 PM   #1
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Best lighting for ricordea mushrooms

I have a power compact sitting directly on top of my covered tank.

The question I have is what is sufficient distance to have between ricordea mushrooms and the top?

A little history to explain my purpose....

Several months back I bought a single Blue ricordea mushroom on a small rock. The diameter was a little larger than a quater. At the time, I didn't realize the rock could be easily moved by my crabs, shrimps and snails. The next morning, I had to relocate because my first spot wasn't so good. I had to go away for a few days, and came back to see the mushroom was gone. I even combed the sand in certain areas, but no luck. Then about 3 weeks later, I was crab hunting and pulled a big piece of LR up and saw a tiny blue form. I knew exactly what it was. Since then, I have been reviving this mushroom back to life. When it was found, the diameter was no more than 1/4". Now it is over 1/2" in diameter.

I have this mushroom wedged up top of my highest LR and am starting to wonder if I have this placed in the best location or not.

So if someone has advice as to where this mushroom will grow best, please let me know. Thanks.
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Mushroons are a low light coral. It should do good anywhere in your tank under PC lighting.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:47 AM   #3
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It is possible that it split as well.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:41 AM   #4
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Another reason it might have moved is " to much current". I have noted that mushooms do not like high flow areas.
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+1 for all of the above. Great advice. I have many color mushrooms in my tank, Not much light at al required i had one beneath a rock for weeks and its still doing great.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:08 PM   #6
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Thanks, that is good to know. I also have some orange ricordeas and am wondering if I could expect them to multiply. And if there are any good inhibitors and/or practices to enhance this? They are very cool looking and also the first coral I placed in my tank

Here is a photo I just took, while they have been enjoying the light and a fresh water change......

And just to add, I do have them higher up in the tank. There is some movement, but I don't understand the ways to determine how tank flow is measured.

Hope you enjoy the photo.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:10 PM   #7
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And I realized the blue mushroom that I started this thread on has made an appearance with the above posted photo. Look near the top left area of the picture.... just barely stands out.
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I was just going to say....there's that blue 'roo. To much flow is when you see them flopping in the current or creeping along on a rock leaving babies behind. Hahaha lol...
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:39 AM   #9
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the best lighting for rics are t5 or metal halides but they dont need to be blasted with light
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