Species group: Corals and Polyps
Other common names: Flower Mushroom Coral
Scientific name: Ricordea sp.
Ricordeas are one of the most sought after mushroom corals and usually command a higher price than their less vividly coloured relatives. They have multi-hued, raised bubbles over its surface and can be a little less hardy than the standard mushroom type corals. Low water flow allows full expansion of the cap but avoid very high lighting as it may fade the colours. Despite their impressive looks these corals are even suitable to beginner reef keepers. Leave plenty of space around the ricordea to grow as it may attack corals that it comes into contact with. Though they can reach a moderate size they are slow growers. These corals are photosynthetic and can survive without feeding, but occasional feedings with meaty foods like brine or mysid shrimp can encourage growth and a healthy coral. They have been propagated extensively and can be purchased as aquacultured specimens.
Green, yellow, orange, red, blue, purple, brown
Lighting: Moderate - High
Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
Calcium: 400 - 450 ppm
Feeding: None required
different colours, impressive display piece, convenient size, beginner, beautiful live rock
grow rate, online fraggers, propagation, fellow hobbyists, huge variety
Very intense, uses a lot of energy
Metal halides were the go-to lighting fixtures in reef-keeping. They are very bright but give off a lot of heat and require a big ballast to start up. I've had over 15 reef tanks that used MH bulbs. Some aquarists with really deep reef tanks use them but most hobbyists go with modern LED reef lighting. You have to replace them every year because the light quality (spectrum) declines over time. Reef LED fixtures provide enough intensity and the right color spectrum for stony corals. LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy and runs much cooler..
From James 647 days ago