A mushy spotlight: Florida Ricordea

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  1. fishes2889

    fishes2889 Aquaculturist R2R Supporter

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    Florida Ricordea
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    Common Name: Mushroom Coral, Florida False Coral, Anemone Corals, Mushroom Anemones, Ricordea

    Origins: Tropical Western Atlantic Ocean: Southern Florida to Brazil, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean

    Husbandry: These are mostly photosynthetic corals, which are approximately 1 – 3 inches in diameter, are among the easiest of all corals to maintain because they do better in somewhat nutrient rich surroundings. They are not true anemones, nor are they true corals, however, they are somewhere in between or more appropriately a comparative anatomy or simply put, a morph.

    Flow: The general consensus i have observed is that they like a medium/high flow. They seem to expand bigger and receive a better growth rate in my tank with these conditions.

    Lighting: Since in the wild these animals live in shallow reef areas, they love light. I have mine under T5's at the moment, but they thrive under Halides, and somewhat under PC's.

    Feeding: Even though the majority of its nutrition mainly comes from its ability to photosensitize, this animal has short tentacles and is also a suspension feeder. And as with any animal with tentacles, they can be fed. Those in my aquariums have responded nicely to zooplankton-like foods such as Cyclop-eeze and baby brine shrimp.

    Growth rate: Usually depends on tank conditions and many other variables, such as lighting, flow, nutrient content etc. I have seen around 1 split per 1-2 months.

    Color morphs: They come in all types of colors, such as, orange, blue, green, purple, yellow/gold, pink, etc.

    Confusions: Usually identified wrong as a Ricordea Yuma or some other Corallimorpharian.

    *Note: Feel free to comment* :)

    Enjoy,
    Steven
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  2. Russellaqua

    Russellaqua Coral Junkie R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Moderator Emeritus

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    For anyone questioning whether they have Ricordea florida or R. yuma, it's quite easy to tell. Look at the mouth of the polyp. The mouth usually sits above the polyp on a cone-like structure. In R. florida the sides of this cone are smooth, but in R. yuma this cone has short tentacles just like the rest of the polyp. It's that easy!
     
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    They reproduce differently also right? One splits itself into 2 new shrooms and the other kind spouts out "babies" of itself. Is that correct?
     
  4. Azurel

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    That is correct.....Most of the time, I have never had a yuma split or a Florida drop off babies from the pedal foot.....But I have seen Yumas with multiple mouths that would indicate at some point a splitting....But again I have never seen in person.
     
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    My Florida Rics drop off babies, they usually don't do well. I got a very small one right now and keeping an eye on it. Seems like they always get shaded out by the mother. I should try and cut it off and let it grow. Mine usually just split and just recently I have been getting them with 4 mouths going and has not split yet but wont be long :)
     
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    Anybody got any RIC pics??
     
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    Not the best pic but from my Iphone my Ric rock.
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  8. macclellan

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    Check out the endless sticky'd Ric eye candy thread! :nerd:
     
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    Trying to remember: Florida's have the smooth mouth, like the smooth Florida sand. Yuma mouths have protrusions, like the vertical cliffs in Yuma Arizona. ?
     
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    Dos mushrooms kill shrimp
     
  12. snakejacques

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    Dos mushrooms kill shrimp
     
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    No but it might try to eat it if you set one there.
     
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    very nice
     
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