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TrenchToast
09/06/2015, 11:09 PM
So I recently bought a used IM Nuvo Nano24. Along with this tank came 3 mushrooms. One is much larger than the others so I'm pretty sure the other 2 are offspring of the larger one.

If you guys could help ID these guys I'd really appreciate it and also any helpful tips on the care for them would be great as well.

The largest of the two small ones has attached itself to a small piece of LR. The smallest, I have placed in a little crevice in a large piece of LR. Both are in the central part of the tank about an inch from one another.

The parent i have placed in a large piece of LR as well but doesn't seem to want to attach itself to it. It seemed to like the spot at first but after 3 weeks i noticed today that it has detached itself from the LR again and is flopping with some of the current. The location it's at isn't getting enough current to make it come out of the LR but it apparently does not like where it is because it hasn't attached itself.

The lighting is a Current Orbit Marine LED (white/blue). It is currently too small for this size tank (18"). The previous owners had a 10 gallon that they used it on and when they upgraded to this tank they transferred the light. I will be moving up the the next size when I can (24").

I plan on using the large semi-smooth center LR to build a Zoanthid field so please keep this in mind. I am looking for a new location for the small shrooms as well.

Close up
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5675/21007341469_9058fbb0d6_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/y1m7Jz)

Full tank view (for placement ideas) two small ones are next to the large dry branch coral in the center
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/633/21202024171_a10bfe352d_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/yixV7T)https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5829/21007337299_e6df81f775_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/y1m6uF)

BigJohnny
09/07/2015, 05:08 PM
They are most definitely psilocybin mushrooms. Pop 2 and call me in the morning.

Jk, I can only see the big one in the photos and it looks like a standard marine mushroom aka actinodiscus. Sweet blue green coloration on that one.

They are very hardy and tolerant of any mistakes you may make. Great beginner coral.

Dkuhlmann
09/07/2015, 05:34 PM
Uhm, those two small ones are not mushrooms, they are Duncan coral.

TrenchToast
09/07/2015, 08:16 PM
They are most definitely psilocybin mushrooms. Pop 2 and call me in the morning.

Jk, I can only see the big one in the photos and it looks like a standard marine mushroom aka actinodiscus. Sweet blue green coloration on that one.

They are very hardy and tolerant of any mistakes you may make. Great beginner coral.

Thanks for the helpful info. do you know what type of lighting they prefer? direct? partial? shade?
BTW. I see you're from Richmond. Have you been to Tiki Corals yet? You should definitely go if you haven't. They have an awesome collection of corals to choose from. The owners just brought back 5 coolers of goodies from the DC convention. Louisa (co-owner) told me that they should have everything on display and available to purchase in a few weeks after everything has gone through quarantine.

Uhm, those two small ones are not mushrooms, they are Duncan coral.

I know the Duncans... :thumbsup: The two small mushrooms are purple and beside the large dry coral branch just right of the center live rock. One is about the size of a dime and the other is about the width of an pencil eraser.

Anyway, I'm assuming they are just offspring from the larger one. I've since moved them both over closer to where the larger one is because he has apparently reattached himself to that area as of this morning.

here ya go.. guess I should have just done this in the first place. heh
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/706/21167917746_21d6a69993_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/yfx7t5)

BigJohnny
09/08/2015, 06:05 PM
Thanks for the helpful info. do you know what type of lighting they prefer? direct? partial? shade?

I would recommend low to moderate water flow and low to moderate lighting. With your light they should do fine anywhere on the bottom half of the tank, just make sure they aren't being blasted directly by flow from a powerhead.

I recommend putting them where they can reproduce their colonies over the rock. If you do not want them growing everywhere over time, you can put them on an "island".

Mushrooms attach to their rock/substrate/etc with a "foot". Trying to glue the mushroom somewhere is not a good idea, so instead, make it attach to a small rock or piece of rock rubble, and then mount that rock (with glue or putty) in the desired location.

One way to do this is to get a cup or tray and put some rock rubble in there. Place the mushrooms on top of the rubble, and cover the cup or tray with fine netting (unless the edges are high enough to prevent the mushrooms from blowing out of the container). Place that tray on the bottom of the aquarium. Eventually they will attach to pieces and you can then take those out and glue them where you want, then remove the tray.

BTW. I see you're from Richmond. Have you been to Tiki Corals yet? You should definitely go if you haven't. They have an awesome collection of corals to choose from. The owners just brought back 5 coolers of goodies from the DC convention. Louisa (co-owner) told me that they should have everything on display and available to purchase in a few weeks after everything has gone through quarantine.

Tiki corals is by far my favorite shop in the area. I haven't been to Chester aquaria but heard it is good as well.

Jim and Louisa are great. I'm stoked to hear that they brought back so much from macna because I was there myself and the vendors had EVERYTHING at great prices. I can't wait to see what they got!