Mushroom Corals, Discosoma sp., are often incredibly colorful coral that resembles what we think of as a terrestrial mushroom. Different from many corals, Mushroom Corals require less light. Some Mushrooms are capable of absorbing nutrients directly from the water column and can be voracious and aggressive eaters even devouring small fish at times. It is advised to leave plenty of space between in and other corals as well. In general, Mushroom Corals requires low to moderate waterflow and low to moderate lighting and to be held in a reef aquarium.
These corals can propagate quite quickly in the home aquarium so be prepared with plenty of space for it to grow. These corals look especially amazing under actinic lighting so keep this in mind while preparing your tank. Sometimes Mushroom Corals will close up after being introduced to the tank but have patience as they will reopen when they have acclimatized. Mushroom Corals are generally easy to care for making them great additions to any type of home aquarium and great for beginner and expert aquarists alike.
I purchased the "17244 Mushroom Coral: Green" and was amazed at the amount of mushrooms I received! At least two different types all over a medium rock plus a very small rock with a couple more on it (and a little guy on the loose that found himself a good spot in my tank).
There was also a surprise on the medium rock that I'm unable to identify - It's a smooth flat encrusting variety, spread over an area of rock, some patches of rock show though it in a few holes and it also has peaks that put out hairy tufts at times, I'm assuming the hairs capture nutrients. Can you tell me what this is? I like it but can't ID it!