Florida Ricordea care....Trials and tribulations, successes.

Discussion in 'Soft Coral Discussion' started by Azurel, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Azurel

    Azurel Morpharian Maffia Hitman R2R Supporter

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    I agree with Currentking on that......I know any yumas I have or had now after melting my fair share I have acclimated them real slow to the light and conditions.....
     

  2. Questin

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    I love rics and I have a good number of them. Pinks, Yellows, Blues, and so on, but they are all doing great. The most important thing I have noticed to keep them happy, it to get them stationary. Once they are in place, and solid, they grow and multiply very well.

    I use to let them float around, thinking that they would get a hold of something and that would be good enough, I beleive in letting nature taking a natural path, but rics need to be glued into place and you should take the time to make sure that happens. If I find a floater, I get him in a small cup like container, get a good amount of small liverock in there, and let it grab on. Once that happens, I get the rock glued down and the ric does the rest.
     
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    i've got an orange ric with purple fringe and green mouth. it won't take hold of anything. i had it in a small pyrex bowl sitting on rubble rock for over a month and a half. some how the flow swirled just right and blew it out of the bowl. it floated down to the side of the tank, next to some live rock. within a week and a half of being there, it grew another mouth.

    what the deuce?
     
  4. Azurel

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    Did it take hold finally? Could be from stress as well....If it didn't hold yet might want to try the wedding veil method...
     
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    Fl rics were definitely an obsession for a little while but zoas are my newest obsession....i have a nice little ric garden that has really blossomed over time...i have been dosing vitamin C and noticed a significant increase in growth during this time...also my rics eat a lot of mysis. I buy mini mysis and thaw a half a cube and put into the tank...whatever the fish dont get the rics and zoas love. Here are a couple of pics...not great but its a POS camera nothing fancy :(

    Yeah i am partial to the orange and blue ones :tongue:

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    I really would like to get more rics asap they have killer colors out there.
     
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    I'm new to keeping rics. How do you feed them, just let food settle on them or direct feed?
     
  8. seaweed88

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    I am looking to set up a 24 gallon Aqua Pod for Rics and Zoas. It has 2 24 watt pcs now. Will this be enough light? I am planning on doing LEDs in this canopy in the spring. Will this be to much light? Any thoughts?
    Thanks
     
  9. Azurel

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    That should be fine till you upgrade, Yumas would be good with that since it wouldn't be a whole lot of par. Once you get LEDs Floridas would be happy as well. That would be on the low side for Florida ricordea IMHO but LEDs should be fine depending on how many the system contains.....My Florida rics get blasted for the most part and have done great, they are also in medium flow as well.
     
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    I was incorrect. The canopy has 2 32 watt pcs. I am going to set it up strictly for corals. I am going to try to go fish-less. I might need to find someone to work on algae but I am not sure who that would be. Thanks for the help.
     
  11. Azurel

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    That is a bit better.....Both should be OK under those Ricordea florida might not get the intense color but will expand more....Either way if you go with Ricordea florida once you up grade to LEDs they will be happy I think.....
     
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    I recently purchased 4 rics of different colors and the lime green, the orange, and the dark green love the 250W 14k Phoenix and the current but the blue/purple ric never expanded, so I moved it to the side with a little less current and a little less direct lighting. Figured: Darker = more light absorption so we'll try that for now!
     
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    any more updates?
     
  14. mje113

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new here, looks like a great community!

    Curious about what people's experiences are regarding Ricordea Florida bleaching? I'm in the process of losing my 2nd and 3rd mushrooms to a very slow (at least a month) bleaching where the Ricordea slowly loses color and it's "nubs" get very small. To the touch the Ricordea are fairly firm. My suspicions are my LED lighting (2:1 Royal blue to Neutral White), either intensity or missing spectrum. I've tried week-long periods of low lighting with no apparent effect.

    I'd love to hear other's insights on this!

    Cheers,
    Mike
     
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    Just a quick update. I had a rock that has about 10 rics on it that had been placed somewhere temporarily in my tank. About 3 weeks. I had some new dry rock curing in a bucket and when it was time to to some slight scaping I moved them. One of the rics had slightly attached to another rock and it tore a tiny piece off when I moved it. maybe an inch size piece, and in 2 days it was puffy and happy and now growing. I know most folks say you have to cut them in the center where the mouth is, but this definitely wasnt the case here.
     
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    Lets hear some more input on ricordea care!
     
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    i have mine under dim light
     
  19. FL_Reefer

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    First I want to say this is one of my favorite corals! They are so colorful and when they grow out they look amazing. So with that being said, I've had great success with recordia. I've had them in my 220 at the bottom of the tank with (2) 250 watt MH. With ok flow, not to strong but not low flow and got ok results. I have them in a 40g breeder holding tank while I'm waiting to build my new set up. They are about half way up with way more of a stronger flow than before. I have always fed them a blast of my mix of food plus some reef frenzy about 2 times a week. Since they have been in the 40b with more flow to them they have never been more full and seam to be happier. Witch is crazy cause this goes against everything i read about them and where they ''like'' to be. I continue to feed them the same as I did before and I feel they really benefit from feedings. This will be a coral I continue to collect and will not stop till I have every color! Lol
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