The Mushroom Coral are a great choice for novice aquarist. Amongst the hardiest corals, they are the soft corals that are found throughout the world. It is also known as Corallimorphs that comes in many forms and colors. While mushroom corals tolerate a wider range of water parameters, they usually thrive in stable water conditions with 1.025-1.027 salinity, 77-79 degrees F, and nitrates less than 5 ppm. The Mushroom Coral do not have a calcified skeleton structure that is why they can be more tolerant of swings in alkalinity, calcium and magnesium. Lower level of light will lead them to lose their color along with retraction of shape, whereas too high illumination leads to a ?bleaching effect? around the edges. As these corals contain Zooxanthellae inside their body, they show symbiotic relationship. The organism inside prepares food using the light and provides nutrition to this coral. That is why it is very important to set correct and appropriate levels of lighting in your tank lighting or adjust the placement of the animals in the tank. Even though they undergo photosynthesis, additional feeding can provide them continued health growth. Often, Iodine supplements accelerate its development. The Mushroom Coral attributes natural defense mechanisms to protect them. They posses stinging tentacles that will extend out from its cap. The Mushroom Coral might be harmful for other soft corals, thereby we suggest you to keep these corals away from other existing corals at a distance of 2 inches. The Mushroom Coral thrives well when placed over live rock. With beautiful colors and ease of maintenance, the Mushroom Coral is a very good choice.
1 Single Mushroom, not attached to any rock or substrate.Completely loose.Our choice of assorted colors and sizes.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.