The 10 Multi-Pack assorted pack of Ricordea contains combination of orange, blue and rainbow mushroom polyp. They look awesome in any reef tank and make a great addition to it. These corallimorphs are covered with short tentacles which are colored in shades of green, orange, and other shades of vibrant colors in these Ricordea polyps. They are semi aggressive in nature as compared to other marine aquarium invertebrates. It is recommended to keep these Mushroom Polyps away from other corals just to avoid the aggression in the aquarium. They need low water flow and moderate illumination. The Mushroom Polyp can be placed anywhere in your marine aquarium. Often, you will find them closed when you introduce it into the tank. Once these Mushroom Polyps get acclimated to the environment, it will open up. If there is bright light arrangement in the aquarium, these Mushroom Polyps has to be kept at the bottom of the reef tank. They also show symbiotic relationship with Zooxanthellae, which lives inside the tissue and provides nutrition to the coral. In return the corals provide shelter to these Zooxanthellae. Apart from the photosynthesis, they can also be fed with additional supplements of phytoplankton and shrimps for continued health growth. These Mushroom Polyps show the beautiful color effects in presence of actinic lighting and thus is a valuable addition to any reef tank.
Hand selected from our extensive Ricordea selection. You will receive the an assortment of ricordeas. We will select from our inventory of orange, green, rainbow, blue & neons. A maximum of 4 greens will be added and remaining 6 will be non green assorted colors. This is a great way to start your own ricordea garden. Bought separately this package would cost $219.99. Our Saltwaterfish.com Sale price: $119.99. Ricordia Mushroom Polyps are beautiful corallimorphs which are covered with short tentacles. They are very easy to keep and will grow, split, and spread throughout the aquarium. They are available as single or multiple polyps attached to a very tiny piece of rock.Corals are part of a biological group known as Cnidaria. Most Cnidaria have a mouth, or mouths, that opens into one big body cavity. Due to the lack of a true digestive system, this cavity acts in its place and after the food is broken down the nutrients are then sent through the rest of the body as food. There is also no excretory system; therefore the waste is sent back through the mouth or secreted into the surrounding water.Tentacles of varying size will usually surround the mouth of Cnidaria. Most Cnidaria have tentacles with stinging cells that can shoot tiny poison darts into their prey or can even be used as a defense mechanism. Some corals lack tentacles and instead cover themselves with a thin layer of mucus and use that to collect bacteria and plankton as food. Some corals even use both of these methods. Cnidaria can either be an individual animal or members of a complex colony. These "Colony Corals" share the food and nutrients taken in by each individual.Corals have tiny living organisms that actually live in their tissue. These are called zooxanthellae and they are the reason why such strong lighting is needed in the saltwater aquarium. These algae-like creatures provide the coral with oxygen and other nutrients that are produced during photosynthesis. During this process, the zooxanthellae take up carbon dioxide and provide nutrients to the coral.Corals can use two different types of defense mechanisms. One of which is a sweeper tentacle wherein the coral reaches its tentacles out to try to damage another coral with nematocysts. The other is when the coral releases a minute amount of toxin into the water to poison another coral within certain proximity. Most "Hard Corals" should not be placed within reach of another coral.Ricordea is a type of mushroom coral of moderate size. It can be identified by the fact that it has contrasting raised dots across its surface.It appears that in general Ricordeas prefer higher lighting. In its natural setting it grows in areas of light, blanketing the rock.It is not necessary to target feed the ricordea, it takes nutrition from the light and from marine snow and other nutrients found in the water.The Ricordea will tolerate many water conditions but do better in water that is low in nitrates and phosphates.