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Old 01-05-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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new mushroom colony ?

Hello I just bought a mushroom colony yesterday and had a few ?s 1. How long does it take for the mushrooms to open up their still not opening like they were at the store. 2. What kind of flow and lighting. ANY help would be appreciated thanks


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Fish: Maroon Clownfish , Melanarus wrasse, Valentini Pufferfish

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Old 01-05-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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Do you have them on the base of your tank? They need very low flow or they wont be able to feed properly, i just picked up a very very well populated frag for 15 bucks did u leave ur lights off for 24 hrs after acclimation? Also how did u acclimate them? Matched salinity and temp and ph before hand i hope
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Yes their on my sand bed and my lights were off for 12 hours or so their on now. I drip acclimated the mushroom coral for 1 hour and 30 mins. I also noticed the polyps are moving back and forth every so often. So ill try moving them to a lower flow area thanks
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Ya lower the light the bigger they spread out. Stick them in the corner ot domething and they should open up.
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Sounds right, just give them time, some mushrooms take weeks to fully acclimate, if you notice that your mushroom coral detaches itself off your rock and starts searching for a better home to attach itself too then your mushrooms are stressed to water quality , flow, or lighting issues
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Moved to a lower flow with less light now I just have to wait thanks every one for the advice
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Np glad to help
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:18 PM   #8
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Here is a update on what the mushrooms look like today. They seem to like where I placed them lol

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Good stuff! I moved mine to the corner too lol theylove corners! Check mine out !
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Nice!!!! So I wonder if any one on here has any idea what species of mushrooms I have. I have no clue because the petstore I got them from just said mushroom coral on their tank label. Lol
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