Ricordea florida (Ricordea Mushroom)

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Ricordea florida (Ricordea Mushroom)

Post  thierry on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:34 am

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  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  • Lighting: Low to Moderate
  • Waterflow: Low
  • Placement: Middle
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
  • Origin: Indischer Ozean, Indo Pazifik, Indonesien, Mikronesien, Philippinen, Queensland, Ryukyu Islands, Samoa, Singapur
  • Family: Ricordeidae
  • Insert Date: 18 September 2010


The Ricordea is a member of the order Corallimorpharia (Stephenson, 1937), and has short, club, or berry-shaped tentacles. It shares some similarities to stony corals, and is also termed a Disc Anemone. It is found in a variety of color forms. This type of mushroom is highly prized by the avid collector and makes a vibrant addition to the reef aquarium. Collected in small numbers, this coral is in very high demand by the discriminating reef aquarist.
It requires a low to medium light level, but metal halide lighting may be too bright, so when using halides, place the coral at the bottom of the aquarium, under an overhang. It prefers a low water movement within the aquarium. It is considered semi-aggressive and requires adequate space between itself and other corals. It reproduces by longitudinal fission.

The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within it provide the majority of its nutritional requirements from the light driven process of photosynthesis. It also eats plankton and smaller invertebrates such as crustaceans.


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Post  thierry on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:34 am

Through a forum I found someone selling his whole aquarium. We wanted to take a look and see if he had anything that we liked. His aquarium looked really nice, it was a big tank that wasn’t very high but mainly very deep. The rocks where all low, not really build up and almost every rock was covered in Xenia.
For the moment we left with 3 rocks filled with corals, maybe we are going back to get some more (fish maybe even, he had some nice ones). The easiest choice which I liked a lot was a rock with Ricordea mushrooms. My wife still likes Xenia and since ours is not much anymore we also took a rock with Xenia and some purple mushrooms. And last we also wanted a new Cabbage leather coral, so he torn one loose with a Kenya tree also on it.

Unfortunately there where no pictures of his aquarium.
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Post  thierry on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:39 pm

18 september we bought a rock with these mushrooms on it. It was one of the first things I noticed when we wanted to buy something and I like the way it looks in our aquarium. The rock has 4/5 big ones and 3 small mushrooms.
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Changed name/species

Post  thierry on Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:14 pm

Turns out that this is probably a ricordea florida instead of yuma. Difference between the two is the size. The Florida has a smaller polyp size (2-7cm) than the Yuma (6-16cm across).
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New mushrooms

Post  thierry on Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:14 pm

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Bought Firefish and 2 Peppermint Shrimps

Post  thierry on Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:29 am

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Cleaning november 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:57 pm

These awesome mushrooms are still doing great. Nothing is bothering them and they are opening further and further.

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Loads of anniversary’s

Post  thierry on Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:58 pm

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Happy New Year 2011

Post  thierry on Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:41 pm

Blocked by many Kenya Tree Fragments now :p

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Just pictures

Post  thierry on Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:04 am

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Kenya Tree Sold

Post  thierry on Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:41 pm

And removed some Planaria.
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Re: Ricordea florida (Ricordea Mushroom)

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

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Cleaned RSM

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:37 pm

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Cleaning 22-6-2011

Post  thierry on Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:37 am

I found one of the mushrooms in the sand, so I moved it in a shotglass in the Fragtank for him to start a life of its own.

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Quick Vacation Update

Post  thierry on Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:03 pm

I cleaned a couple of corals from Planaria by giving them a tab water bath. Dipping the corals 10 seconds in tab water with the same temperature as the aquarium should remove Planaria.
One of the corals that got a bath where the Ricordea mushrooms.

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Post  thierry on Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:41 pm

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