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How to Care for Ricordia Mushrooms in a Reef Tank

Find out how to properly care for your new Ricordia Mushroom with this "how-to" guide on the requirements for healthy Ricordia 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 Ricordia Mushroom

by scott Shiles • February 27, 2023

Corals, Soft Corals Care

Ricordia mushrooms, also known as flower anemones or discosomas, are beautiful and colorful coral species that can be a great addition to a reef tank. These mushrooms are relatively easy to care for, making them a popular choice among beginner and experienced reef aquarists alike. In this blog, we will discuss how to care for Ricordia mushrooms in a reef tank.


Ricordia mushrooms prefer moderate lighting. They can thrive under T5 or LED lighting, but it's important to ensure that the light intensity is not too high. If the light is too intense, it can cause the mushrooms to bleach or die. A good rule of thumb is to provide about 5-8 hours of light per day.

Water Flow:

Ricordia mushrooms prefer moderate water flow. They should be placed in an area of the tank where the water flow is not too strong or too weak. A gentle to moderate flow is ideal. If the flow is too strong, it can damage the mushrooms or cause them to detach from the rock.

Water Parameters:

Ricordia mushrooms are relatively hardy and can tolerate a wide range of water parameters. However, it's important to maintain stable water conditions. Keep the temperature between 75°F and 82°F, pH between 8.0 and 8.4, salinity between 1.023 and 1.025, and alkalinity between 8-12 dKH.


Ricordia mushrooms should be placed on live rock or reef substrate. They can be attached to the rock using glue or left free to attach themselves naturally. Make sure to give them enough space to grow and spread out.


Ricordia mushrooms are photosynthetic, which means they can produce their food through photosynthesis. However, they can also benefit from supplemental feedings. You can feed them small amounts of brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, or other small meaty foods. It's important not to overfeed them, as this can lead to poor water quality.


Ricordia mushrooms are generally easy to maintain. Regular water changes, keeping the water parameters stable, and monitoring the lighting and water flow can help keep the mushrooms healthy. It's important to also keep an eye out for any signs of stress or disease, such as discoloration, shrinking, or unusual growth patterns.

In conclusion, Ricordia mushrooms are a beautiful and easy-to-care-for addition to a reef tank. Providing them with moderate lighting and water flow, stable water parameters, and proper placement and feeding can help keep them healthy and thriving. With a little bit of care and attention, these colorful mushrooms can be a stunning addition to any reef tank.

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