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Mushroom Coral - Bubble Mushroom
Rhodactis Sanctithomae
Mushroom Coral - Bubble Mushroom
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Size: 1 Polyp 1-2 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Mildly aggressive if place near other corals
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Light, Marine snow
Origin: Caribbean
Acclimation Time: Acclimate to temperature
Coral Safe: Yes
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The Bubble Mushroom is very interesting and unique specie, which is covered in large bulb like structure and resembles bubbletip anemone. It is very delicate in nature due to the presence of thin tissues, which can tear easily. Therefore it should also be placed under high indirect light and in lower water temperature for its healthy survival. The Bubble Mushroom also boasts beautiful colors in presence of strong light and undergoes photosynthesis. It is basically carnivorous and also gets benefit from the additional feeding of foods from the water column and others like brine shrimp, small piece of fish and crustacean flesh. The Bubble Mushroom is named aptly due to the shape of its tentacles, and gives a distinctive look to the reef aquarium. The tentacle forms rounded vesicles and may elongate; it also has toxins in them. The Bubble Mushroom is very decorative and moderately easy to care for. Unlike the Actinodiscus genus, the Bubble Mushroom is not tolerant of poor water conditions. It cannot handle a high water flow, since it prevents it to get proper nourishments. The Bubble Mushroom propagates easily in captivity by splitting itself, and the cloned mushroom does not necessarily always resemble the ??mother?? mushroom. It derives nutrition from their symbiotic algae, zooxanthellae, that dwells within their tissues. It should not be kept in a tank less than 5 gallons, and it thrives well in a temperature of 72-83 degree Fahrenheit. The Bubble Mushroom is semi aggressive in nature if it is near another coral, since it possesses stinging tentacles which might harm the nearby corals, except its own species. The Bubble Mushroom is available for sale at a reasonable price throughout the year .
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Mushrooms are hardy and adaptable specimens, often being the first corals a new hobbyist will purchase for their tank.These invertebrates are made up of three distinct areas; pedal disk (used for attachment), stem and oral disk.These corallimorphs prefer less intense areas of lighting and flow. It has been noted that if the mushrooms are in placed in bright lighting- browning may occur.Propagation is quite easy provided the mushroom is placed in favorable conditions. Propagation occurs through (a) fission-splitting into more than one piece or by (b) budding which is a new mushroom "daughter" growing from the original mushroom.These invertebrates are mostly photosynthetic, they will however readily close the oral disk around any prey which strays onto the mushroom and be digested.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.
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