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Old 11-16-2003, 04:25 AM   #1
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Why are my green mushrooms turning brown?

I recently got some flourescent green mushrooms. The ones with the raised spots and the white strips. They seem to be doing fine but today I noticed that some of them have turned a more brownish color than the bright green. Some of the smaller ones are still bright green and they all still glow like crazy under just actinic!, but why are some not as green as they used to be?

Anyone know anything about this kind of a deal?
Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 11-16-2003, 06:49 AM   #2
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Where are they located in the tank? What size tank? What lighting is on tank...etc.

Typically speaking a coral that loses it's flouresceant color and fades to brown is not receiving enought light. The symbiotic algae in the coral (zooxanthellae) is a brown color, it reproduces in order to try and increase photosynthesis enough to sustain the coral. With the reproduction of the zooxanthellae the coral tends to take on the color of the zooxanthellae.

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mushrooms, shrooms

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