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Old 05-30-2003, 09:24 AM   #1
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Mushrooms not like they used to be!!!

My mushrooms used to open up very large when my lights would come on, and shrink back to a smaller size when lights were off. I'v had them for about 3 weeks now. About a few days ago they have seemed to shrivel up with a mushy appearance. Only a couple of them open up now and no where near the size they used to. Water parameters are all good. Is there a life expectancy for these mushrooms or are they multiplying, maybe? I am enclosing a before and after pic.

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Have you added other corals to your tank? Could be chemical warfare.

"Water parameters are good" is subjective. Can you list the values of the various parameters you tested?

I had these two varieties for several years and then they slowly melted away. The pink ones are long gone, a few blue ones are still around. It could have been too much competition for food, chemical attack by other more aggressive corals/mushrooms/etc. I never pinned it down. Other mushrooms thrive but they are "bumpier", not smooth like these. The blue ones actually began to take over my tank for a while. The pink ones always preferred low light, low flow. Perhaps you have them too high in your tank. Try moving them under a rock shelf.

They are not multiplying, they are not healthy. I believe these multiply by pedal laceration whereby you will see young ones appear near the base of larger ones. I never saw them actually split like larger hairy mushrooms.

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