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Old 01-17-2007, 08:26 AM   #1
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moving red mushrooms

i was just wondering if i should move some of these red mushrooms with blue/green spots on them. there are about 15 on one rock, and while the lights are off, no problem, but once the MH's come on, they all open up and seem crowded. is this a problem, and should i move a few? i tried grabbing one last night, but it was so slimy i couldnt really pull it off. what is the best way to transplant these? thanks.
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:55 AM   #2
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I belive you're gonna have to remove the rock if possible and scrape'm off from the bottom where they're attached. I never did it, but it's described as though it's a razor blade job. Re-attaching them can go one of two ways. I've put'm in a breeder tank on a bunch or rock rubble. They'll attach themselves in a few days. Or, I read/heard that you can use bridal veil type material and tie'm down to a larger rock (if desired) so they get the light and flow and attach on the rock you want'm to.

Does the current situation look that bad? Mushrooms bunch up anyway.
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:54 AM   #3
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When mushrooms get overcrowded they will normally migrate on their own.
I had one small, flat chip of rock about 2"x3" that I bought with about 7 small mushrooms on it.
I placed it on top of a large piece of LR and about a month later I went back to move the chip, and only 3 shrooms were still attached to it.
All the others had moved just off the edge and attached to the LR instead.

That's one of the great things about them that makes mushroom colonies easy to frag.
I just surround my large colony with rubble, and place one or two pieces of rubble in the middle of, or on top of the colony.
Within a few weeks at least one or two shrooms have moved onto the rubble, and I'll remove those pieces and have a nice frag to trade or sell.

Sometimes you'll even see a mushroom that's detached and floating free in your tank who's "left home" to make a fresh start.
Don't be surprised if someday you move your rocks and find a hidden colony or two.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:20 AM   #4
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Yes as LR said they will fall off by them selves when they get crowded. I have them all over the tank falling from this rock. Is this crowded enough for you?
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Old 01-17-2007, 11:38 AM   #5
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I have similar mushrooms that came on a rock. It started with five. I sold it back to the store this fall, with another rock that each had 20. My tank still has 70 or 80 red mushrooms in it and I just started two new rocks yesterday to sell back. I probably have a floater a week and they relocate on their own. Put the piece you have where you want mushrooms to be, then in a week or two they will walk off the rock and then you just move the rock to a different place.
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I agree about selling them I have sold some of mine to the LFS and recieved over 300 dollars of store credit. It looks like you`ll be able to do the same thing Mw
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:33 PM   #7
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what do the LFS's usually give you for a piece of rubble with a couple of medium sized shrooms?
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Mine will give me about 50.00 for a piece with about 10-15 mushrooms on them. People buy them up like there is no tomorrow here in Rich Va. The red ones like you have and the blue ones like I have sell very good here. Nice and bright.
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:09 PM   #9
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$50 a piece? I should ship them to you. I paid $25 for a piece with 5 shrooms and they offered me $15 a piece with 20 shrooms on them. I traded for a candy cane with 12 heads that they were selling for $35. Seemed like a fair deal to me.
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I have a set of fluffies and the smaller ones underneath have become transparent. I saw another one which moved on its own and was half transparent, but over a few weeks has slowly gotten all its colour back.. I assume this means the light level is sufficient for them.

I have some which are almost the size of a saucer and so I'd like to move them so as the ones below can get the light too.

Is there a safe way to do this? I don't want to risk injuring and killing any.
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