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How to Care for Rhodactis Mushrooms in a Reef Tank

Find out how to properly care for your new Rhodactis Mushroom with this "how-to" guide on the requirements for healthy Rhodactis Mushroom from the #1 place to buy corals online!

Read along to find out the Lighting, Water Flow, Feeding, Placement & more when it comes to the care of your new Rhodactis Mushroom

by scott Shiles • March 01, 2023

Corals, Soft Corals Care

Rhodactis mushrooms are popular in the aquarium hobby due to their vibrant colors and ease of care. These soft corals come in a variety of colors, including blue, green, orange, and red, and can add a pop of color to any reef tank. Here are some tips on how to care for Rhodactis mushrooms in your reef tank.


Rhodactis mushrooms do not require intense lighting, and they can thrive in low to moderate lighting conditions. It is essential to ensure that the lighting is consistent, as sudden changes in light intensity can stress the mushroom and cause it to shrink or detach from its substrate.

Water flow:

Rhodactis mushrooms prefer moderate water flow. A low to moderate water flow can help the mushroom feed on dissolved nutrients in the water, while high water flow can damage the mushroom's fragile tissue.

Water quality:

Maintaining proper water quality is crucial for the health of Rhodactis mushrooms. They are relatively hardy and can tolerate a range of water parameters, but it is essential to keep the water clean and stable. Water changes, regular testing, and the use of a quality protein skimmer can help maintain stable water parameters.


Rhodactis mushrooms are photosynthetic, which means they can obtain some of their nutrients from light through the process of photosynthesis. However, they also require additional feeding to thrive. These mushrooms can feed on dissolved organic matter, phytoplankton, and zooplankton. It is recommended to feed them 1-2 times a week, depending on the size of the mushroom and the feeding response.


Rhodactis mushrooms can be placed directly on the substrate or attached to a rock or frag plug. It is essential to ensure that they are not placed too close to other corals, as they can sting their neighbors with their sweeper tentacles. It is also important to avoid placing them in direct flow, as this can damage their tissue.

In conclusion, Rhodactis mushrooms are relatively easy to care for and can add a splash of color to any reef tank. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your Rhodactis mushrooms thrive in your reef tank for years to come.

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