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09/06/2007, 02:44 PM
Ok here is my problem; I purchased some mushrooms when I first set up my tank which was about 7 years ago. I think there were maybe 7 shrooms on this rock. Now there are hundreds if not a thousand shrooms all over my tank. At first it didn’t bother me too much but now there are so many that they are smothering my other corals.
My shrooms are not an in demand item so the local fish store does not want them, most seasoned hobbyist do not want them. Do I have any other option but to take all the rock out of the tank and basically kill all the shrooms? Or is there another path that I have not thought about. I want to reuse the rock I currently have, at this point I just cannot justify buying new live rock. So the only thing I can think of doing is just removing all the rock and killing the shrooms and basically staring the tank over without having to worry about these mushrooms killing my other corals.

09/06/2007, 02:46 PM
First I would see if anyone local has a fish I could borrow that likes to munch on shrooms.

09/06/2007, 02:46 PM
I would love to see pics of that many shrooms in a tank.....dont' be mad!!

09/06/2007, 03:03 PM
The only thing about a fish that eats shrooms is that he will probally eat my zoa's, candy, and ect... If not I would be very interested in what type of fish would eat mushrooms.

I would post a pic but It will not be until next week because I no longer have internet at home and I will have to borrow our work camera, (mine is not very good) and post them when I get to work. Plus every time I try and post a pic. I have a hard time getting it the right size. they usually end up being too small and you can not see any detail but I will try.

Plus they are just brown mushrooms nothing really cool to look at. If they were red or blue I would have no problem with them.

09/06/2007, 06:44 PM
Good question. I want to know as well. I previously got rid of mine, well i thought i did. Then they started reappearing little by little. God i hate them.

09/07/2007, 06:24 AM
Thats what I am worried about if I remove them there is a good chance that I will not get them all.
I took some pics last night if anyone wants to post them for me that would be helpfull.

09/08/2007, 12:17 AM
You will probably never totally rid yourself of them at this point,short of letting your rock dry out and killing everything on it. It is worse to sit and do nothing however. I would just start slowly picking them off with long tweezers,in a couple of weeks you will have them under control,though it will probably always be part of your regular tank maintenance. Also anytime you see one floating loose make sure to grab it immediately or your problem will get worse.

09/08/2007, 12:21 AM
Give them to fellow club members around your area.

09/08/2007, 12:24 AM
Long wooden stick with a razor blade on the edge. Just scrape em nice and clean, then siphon. They WILL re-generate but it will take some time. You can't stop the shrooms, you can only slow them :D

09/10/2007, 06:42 AM
Shootist & xtm,
Thanks for the replys,
I have actually been thinking of removing all the rock and letting it dry and basically restart the tank from scratch. But maybe I will try to control them like you suggested. I have tried to pick some of them off of certain rocks but I didn’t have much success. I did however manage to kill a whole colony with a kalk paste when I was trying to kill a rock anemone. But like xtm stated they re-generated in a short period of time.

I would give them away but like I said nobody seems to want plain brown mushrooms. And I can see why they don’t want them now.

Thanks for the advice guys.

09/10/2007, 07:45 AM
People have had luck injecting them with liquid calcium or kalk paste on top of them.

09/10/2007, 07:50 AM
When you decide to give some away, post some pics and I'll PM my personal information so you can send me a Paypal receipt - I'll pay for the shipping. ZIP 07306

Shrooms don't grow fast, in my system!

09/10/2007, 08:17 AM
You can scrape them from the rock using one of the large X-Acto knife handles (either the red plastic one or the hexagonal Aluminum one) with their thick stright (chiesel like) blade. This works also for Xenia and green star polyps so it is a good tool to have around. With a double edge blade it is excellent to scrape coralline from the inside of the overflow comb theeth.

09/10/2007, 09:37 AM

09/11/2007, 11:09 AM
Thanks for the advice on the tool I will have to purchase one.

If I do give some away I will let you know and send you some pictures.

Thanks for the advice, I will take a couple days and decide how to tackle this. I am thinking of removing all the rock and letting it dry, and then basically restarting from scratch. But maybe I will scrape and kalk paste as many as I can get for now and see how it goes.

Thanks again

09/11/2007, 11:13 AM
Thanks for considering me, please don't kill all those pesty mushrooms!

09/11/2007, 11:18 AM
I tried to give the green ones away for free a while back and I did not have many takers.

What helped was I was trading people for like sized LR. The deal was if they brought me rock, I would give them an equivalent sized piece the was covered in shrooms.

This is also a fun way to meet all of the local reefers in the area.


09/11/2007, 12:40 PM
I don't have a problem with the fast multipying thing. However, my Rhodactis Sp. have shown that when it comes to waring with other sessile inverts, they are the champs. They can kill anything, but nothing kills them.
Man, I wish fish stores wouldn't reccomend them just because they are easy for beginners in our hobby! ( How ironic they don't want them back for credit.)


09/11/2007, 12:47 PM
Well before you kill them all. Get a razor blade and scrape some off and ship them to me :) I would be more then happy to pay for shipping and box or whatever.
zip 08640
Thank you,
Best of luck my friend!

09/11/2007, 12:52 PM
I second that comment ZIP 07306.

09/11/2007, 01:38 PM
same here.. I'll take a few


09/11/2007, 03:44 PM
If you wanna get rid of them and ship i'm sure enough people will take those shrooms off your hands.

09/12/2007, 06:52 AM
That is a great idea, if I can find someone to trade I will definitely keep that in mind. I don’t have a problem with scraping some off and shipping them, but I want them out of the tank for good and the only way I can see that happing is if I remove all the rock and make sure they don’t come back. The only reason I am having a hard time deciding what to do is I don’t have the cash at the moment to purchase new rock. If I did I would really hook you guys up with some huge rocks with tons of shrooms on them. I will be out of town for the next 5 days so I am not even going to attempt anything until I get back.

I couldn’t have said it better, the fish store sold me these and even they don’t want them back. I even tried to give them all my rock with shrooms and all for just live rock. But they would not go for it. Live and learn I guess.

I will keep you guys in mind when I get back into town. I have never shipped anything and I would hate to have you guys waste money on shipping if they don’t make to you alive. (Even though I don’t think you can kill my shrooms)

09/12/2007, 08:37 AM
Mushrooms are very hardy shippers, hear from you when you come back!

09/12/2007, 10:30 AM
Alright, What i meant was before you take the rocks out and kill the shrooms. Put them in some bags and ship them to us :)

talk to you when you get back

09/12/2007, 10:46 AM
I have sold lots of mushroom rock on Ebay. If you are willing to ship, you will make enough money to go buy some replacement rock. Even if you offer "local pickup" you will get takers. I have a 35 gallon tank setup just to grow shrooms. Don't kill them, but manage them. They are like any other coral. A LFS should be willing to trade with you as they are a good starter for newbies. If a local saltwater store will not trade for local captive grown corals, I would not deal with that store.

09/12/2007, 01:08 PM
You want some of mine? LOL. He didn't mention what kind he has..
Unfortunately, I cannot lay all the Blame on the LFS. I thought the first two were neat toadstool or leather softies at the time. I was fairly new to Reefkeeping as far as invert IDs went in 2005 in that I didn't understand how these things can change shape. Also, didn't have My copy of Borneman's "Aquarium Corals" that year. Oh well, the clownfish likes them, but some just gotta go. They have irrecoveably damaged my Turbinaria paletta & destroyed my Xenia ( hmm, I'll shed no tears over that little war!)


09/12/2007, 01:33 PM
Tanksalot91, e-mail your pictures to [email protected] and I will post them.

"If a local saltwater store will not trade for local captive grown corals, I would not deal with that store."
I think thats a little harsh, they probably have more shooms than they can sell as is. If we were trying to pawn a swarm of acros taking over his tank then I would expect them to take it, but these are mushrooms...plain brown ones in his words.

09/12/2007, 03:40 PM
Do you have any pics of your tank? I am curious to see what that would look like.

09/13/2007, 09:25 AM
Unfortunately, most LFS have tons of corallimorphans in stock. No trade in value..


09/17/2007, 08:59 AM
I will e-mail you some pictures to post, thank you I appreciate it.

09/17/2007, 09:26 AM
Shrooms don't grow fast, in my system!

Are you getting rid of these shrooms or not?

I'll pay shipping to ZIP07306 or post some pics and prices.
:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

09/17/2007, 09:32 AM
I had the same problem. I bought a fully overgrown tank for a great deal with everything that I got. Fortunately, I just traded them in with the rocks that they were on for their weight in clean live rock. Try selling in your area on craigslist too.

09/17/2007, 11:25 AM
I e-mailed some pics to TitusvileSurfer to post for me. I am going to get rid of the shrooms one way or another. I just haven't decided how yet.

If I could trade the mushroom rocks for clean live rock that would be perfect. Thanks for the advice I will look into craigslist.

09/17/2007, 12:42 PM
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09/17/2007, 12:54 PM
I would pay for shipping to get a piece off your hands, pm me

09/17/2007, 01:15 PM
Thanks for posting the pics TitusvileSurfer. For some reason I have a hard time posting pics, I should really learn how.

09/17/2007, 01:17 PM
WOW that is alot of mushrooms. It does look pretty cool.

09/17/2007, 01:33 PM
How much $$$$$$$ ?

09/17/2007, 02:01 PM
they do look nice, ...

09/17/2007, 07:47 PM
No problem, it was my pleasure. You might want to start another tread though, the candy canes are taking over too! :P Nice tank...I like it a lot! The various ledge cliffs bring it out.

09/18/2007, 06:38 AM
I don’t mind the candies taking over, I kinda like them. There are three things that thrive in my tank, mushrooms, candy, and anemones. You should have seen how many candies I had before the shrooms took over. They smothered a few nice colonies of candy. Which is one of the reasons I am starting to dislike them. But thanks for the complement.