Sarcophyton sp (Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral)

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Sarcophyton sp (Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral)

Post  thierry on Tue May 25, 2010 4:03 pm

Source: liveaquaria.com

QUICK STATS
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Lighting: Moderate to High
  • Waterflow: Medium
  • Placement: All
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
  • Color Form: Tan
  • Origin: Fiji, Indo-Pacific, Maldives
  • Family: Alcyoniidae
  • Insert Date: 26 May 2010


The Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral is referred to as Sarcophyton Coral, Mushroom, Leather, or Trough Corals. They are found in various shades of brown, tan or green, with white or gold polyps. It is difficult to identify many species because they all have the similar appearance of a mushroom or toadstool, each with a distinct stalk and capitulum (cap). As they grow older, they develop a folded appearance.
The Toadstool Mushroom Leather Corals are relatively peaceful, but adequate space should be provided between them and other corals in the reef aquarium. Some can produce toxins which are harmful to other reef inhabitants. The brown Sarcophyton Leather Corals from Idonesia and Tonga are easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and make an excellent coral for the beginning through expert reef aquarist. Toadstool Mushroom Leather Corals require medium to high lighting combined with medium to strong water movement. For continued good health, they will also require the addition of iodine, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

Culturing by the experienced hobbyist is often accomplished by cutting off a portion of the Coral's crown and attaching that piece to live rock or placing it in the sandy bottom of the reef aquarium.

The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within its body provides the majority of its nutritional needs from the light driven process of photosynthesis. It will also benefit from additional food such as micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.


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Post  thierry on Tue May 25, 2010 4:09 pm

Found an advert on www.zeewaterforum.info from chriszuid in which he was selling couple of corals. Among them was a rock with two Toadstool Mushrooms, a small one and a medium one. Asked him for pictures and prices.

Here is a picture I found of his aquarium with the Toadstool


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Bought the coral

Post  thierry on Thu May 27, 2010 10:10 am

Even though it didn't look like what he said at all, we bought the piece. It was a very small mushroom, but it only cost 5 euro, and small mushrooms will be big one day Smile
He already had his little adventure, we first put him next to the starpolyps, but someone disagreed and threw him over the cliff. Now he is stuck between two rocks above the new anemone. Pictures will come soon!
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First picture

Post  thierry on Fri May 28, 2010 12:13 pm

Here is a picture of our new Toadstool we bought Wednesday.
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Added new Urchin, Hermit Crab and Mushrooms

Post  thierry on Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:18 pm

The new toadstool is slowly growing a bit
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New Sand Sifting Sea Star

Post  thierry on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:48 pm

The new toadstool is still fine.
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July 5 2010

Post  thierry on Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:23 am

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Added Yellow Wrasse and Coral Beauty Angelfish

Post  thierry on Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:40 pm

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New corals

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Mushrooms Split

Post  thierry on Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:49 am

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Angelfish sold, tank rebuild

Post  thierry on Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:54 am

The toadstool has been closed a lot lately, probably shedding. After rebuilding it was also closed but now it looks better. It moved a little.

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Back from vacation

Post  thierry on Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:54 am

Our latest toadstool mushroom, have it here for 4 months now and not much changed in that time. We hope that he will become as big as his predecessor, which we unfortunately lost after the first Bacterial outbreak.

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New mushrooms

Post  thierry on Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:24 pm

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Bought Firefish and 2 Peppermint Shrimps

Post  thierry on Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:12 am

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Cleaning november 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:58 pm

The toadstool is still growing, but has some problems with the Anemone next to it. From time to time it seems to sting the Toadstool.

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Post  thierry on Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:59 pm

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Happy New Year 2011

Post  thierry on Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:51 pm

The toadstool has a lot of problems with the ever growing Anemone next to him. Hopefully we are going to sell the anemone this week.
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Sold Fragments

Post  thierry on Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:21 pm

Yesterday I have sold some fragments again. A member from the Zeewater Forum voor Nederland en België, called Bikerdick, wanted to buy the last Red Mushroom fragment and some Kenya Tree fragments.
When he saw the aquarium he also showed interest in other things, like the Bulb Anemone. I offered him a price and he would consult with his son. So hopefully the Toadstool is saved soon.
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A week in the life of…

Post  thierry on Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:59 am

I also removed a rock which was next to the Toadstool and moved the Toadstool a bit away from the Anemone, this was it should have more room before getting bothered again by the anemone.
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Just pictures

Post  thierry on Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:00 am

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Kenya Tree Sold

Post  thierry on Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:44 pm

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Re: Sarcophyton sp (Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral)

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:03 am

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Cleaned RSM

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:32 pm

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Post  thierry on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:41 am

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Post  thierry on Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:00 pm

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