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These guides are designed to help you get the best from your coral. The information we provide works for us, not only here at coral HQ, but also at home in our home aquariums.


NOTE: Mushrooms are slimy when out of the aquarium and will sometimes squirt water from its mouth. We advise wearing gloves and protective eye wear when handling


Difficulty to keep level: Easy
Lighting: Moderate
Flow: Low
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Placement: Bottom to Middle
Kh: 8-12
Ca: 400 -420
Mg: 1260-1320
PH: 8.0-8.3



Acclimatise your Mushrooms slowly (about 1 hour). First float the pot in your water with the lid on for about 15-20 minutes. Then tip away into a container approx 1/2 the water, slowly top the water up about 5ml at a time, until the pot is full, repeat this 2 or 3 times.

Before putting in your system, we always recommend you dip corals in a coral dip of your choice  ( We use two little fish Revive dip for all our corals).

Before placing in your tank, find suitable spots in your system and place the plugs there. Some people putty or glue them in place, but we like to observe the corals for a few weeks before fixing them into position.


As Mushrooms are a photosynthetic coral so get nutrition from their symbiotic zooxanthellae. They will also take most nutrients from the water column. However to maximise growth Star Polyps will benefit being fed Vitalis Soft Coral food once a week.

Using a small amount of powder, mix it with some tank water in a container. Leave for about 10-15 minutes. Using a pipette add the food to a high flow area of the aquarium.  

Large Mushrooms such as Elephant Ear can be fed small meat such as Brine shrimp once a week



Mushrooms tend to drop off a rock or frag plug and will move around your tank until it finds a suitable position. This may also happen when the mushrooms have multiplied and are fighting for space.


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