New Cleaner Shrimp and Spotted Mushroom Anemone

The cleaner shrimp died in transit to my house from Mr. Aquarium and is the first fish that i have lost since starting my reef keeping hobby. The Spotted Mushroom Anemone has been glued to a piece of rock with Super Glue Gel. The left is a fuzzy picture of my mushroom taken with my camera phone, the clear picture is a picture I Googled and looks just like him. Actinodiscus sp.

The Actinodiscus Mushroom Corals are also referred to as Mushroom Anemones and Disc Anemones. They were previously in a genus called Discosoma. These corals display a wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns. Some are solid colors, whereas, others are striped or spotted. The taxonomy of the various species is in a state of flux, and will probably continue to change.

They are hardy and relatively easy to maintain, and under the right conditions, will multiply and spread very rapidly. In general, they need a medium light level, and should be placed lower in the tank if the light intensity is high. The Actinodiscus Mushroom Corals prefer a low to medium water flow within the aquarium, although different species may have different requirements. They are semi-aggressive and require adequate space between themselves and other corals and sessile invertebrates.

An Actinodiscus Mushrooom Coral receives some of its nutritional requirements through the photosynthesis of the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae which it hosts. It also feeds on other nutrients and particulate matter and benefits from additional food in the form of micro-plankton or brine shrimp fed to each polyp of the colony.

Quick Stats:   Actinodiscus Mushroom Coral
Family: Actinodiscidae/Discosomatidae
Range: Indo-Pacific, South Pacific
Color Form: Brown, Tan, Green, Red, Blue
Ideal Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace elements
Reef Compatible: Yes
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Water Flow: Low to Medium
Light: Medium
Dominance: Semi-aggressive
Placement: All levels
Care Level: Easy

About thestackersreef

My name is Brandon Stacker and i am a hobbyist marine reef aquarium keeper from Lubbock, Texas. I go to school at Wayland Baptist University and am the happily married father of two.
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