The Ricordea Orange is a very hardy species of soft coral, and have a multitude of orange colored bumps covering a circular disk ??polyp??. During spawning the single polyp splits into two polyps, and it happens several times in the aquarium. The orange mushroom coral requires a brightly lit aquarium for its proper growth at a faster rate. It mainly receives the nutrition from the process photosynthesis done by the microalgae, the Zooxanthelae present in their tissue. This alga provides the food and nutrition to the Ricordea mushroom coral by taking the shelter from the same. Apart from this, additional feeding with trace elements, marine snow, phytoplankton, brine shrimp, and food for filter feeders can also be beneficial for a continue good health. Mainly it is named aptly for their rich colored shades of orange that covers its colonies. The Mushroom Polyp - Ricordea Orange glows even brighter and looks stunning under fluorescent actinic lighting. Once the Ricordea Orange gets acclimated to the environment, it will open up within eight weeks? time. It is recommended to keep the Mushroom Polyp Ricordea Orange away from other corals just to avoid the aggression in the aquarium. So be careful to leave a good amount of space between the orange Ricordea and other specimens or corals currently in the tank. Even though the orange Ricordea lacks attacking tentacles, they can harm nearby corals if feeling threatened. Often during shipping, the Mushroom Polyp - Ricordea Orange secrets a mucus like substance over its body and retracts itself which eventually opens up on getting an appriate environment. It generally prefers low water motion for best expansion, and a range of 78-82 degree Fahrenheit is required for its growth.
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 Yuma, 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 appears to do better in water that is low in nitrates and phosphates.The current regulations forbid the collection of Ricordea that are attached to liverock from the Caribbean. Unattached Ricordea however are fair game. Ricordea are not true corals and are related to Anenomes.