The Fuzzy Grass Mushroom Coral is also commonly known as the green fuzzy mushroom or elephant ear mushroom coral. This elephant ear mushroom coral is another mushroom with that ??fuzzy?? look. It is not as dangerous to smaller fishes as other corals, making it a safe addition to your aquarium. The Fuzzy Grass Mushroom Coral features fuzzy tentacles instead of long feeder tentacles found in sea anemones and stony corals. Yet, the Fuzzy Grass Mushroom Coral has stinging cells that help it to move other corals away, and therefore, we advise you to keep it at a safe distance from other corals. The Fuzzy Grass Mushroom Coral is easy to care for and is hardy in nature, thus making a very good option for beginner aquarists. It cannot handle a high water flow, since it prevents it from getting nourishment. The Fuzzy Grass Mushroom Coral has the ability to change the water flow by warping the surface of the oral disc to direct the particulate and flocculent material towards their mucous center for absorption. It can grow up to 2-3 inches, thus keeping the Fuzzy Grass Mushroom Coral in a larger tank is recommended. It doesn?t need much light, although it can tolerate more light than some of the other mushrooms. The Fuzzy Grass Mushroom Coral should be kept in shady regions or else it turns brown and fails to thrive. It is a carnivore and feeds on suspended micro particles out of the water column and at times small particles of food. The Fuzzy Grass Mushroom Coral derives its energy from light using the zooxanthellae that dwells inside its tissue, which manufactures food for this coral. It can be easily grown and propagated in a tank. The Fuzzy Grass Mushroom Coral attaches itself to the piece of gravel substrate, therefore lot of rockwork and thick sand bed is required to be added in the tank.
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.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.