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Old 03-09-2005, 02:45 PM   #1
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mushrooms

LFS has a great selection of mushrooms. I would like to buy some, but don't know anything about them. I don't have very much live rock. Is that a problem? What is needed to keep them? What kind of animals can harm them? I's sure this is a VERY broad question but I appreciate all the help!!
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-50gal tank
-20gal tall sump / refugium.
-About 15-20 lbs of live rock
-60 lbs (3") of sand.
-2x65w power compact lights
-2x18w power compact in the refug.
-bak pak 2R
-3 LARGE feather dusters all differebt colors
-orange spotted goby
-fire fish
-12 or so hermits
-50-60 nassairus snails
-about 12 turno snails
-emrald crab
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:12 PM   #2
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From what I've been told, they are among the easier corals to keep. I had one hitch a ride in on a piece of LFS rock and it survived SCANDALOUSLY high nitrite reading and has since tripled in size.

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You should check your neighborhood for user groups or clubs- I found one here and the members are all too happy to frag some corals for us newbies. Many of them get rid of mushrooms - one told me it was a "weed coral", and he turns up his nose at them.

My LFS guys wants to sell me a piece of rock with three mushrooms on it for $45.00. 8O I said no thanks.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:23 PM   #3
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They're great, and really hardy. They don't need that much light either. I had some in my 10 gal nano with only about 2 watts per gallon and they flourished. I'm not sure but I don't think they NEED live rock, but it never hurts.
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:26 PM   #4
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Dang midiman, I keep seeing your liverock pics. and it's making me really want to order some more! Very nice. I think my next order will be about 20 pounds gulf and 10 keys. Can't wait.
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:51 PM   #5
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I want to order more, too, but it's getting TOO EASY to spend money on this. The only thng eating shrimp in my house these days are my polyps and PJ cardinal.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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