How to get the most "bounce" from your bounce?

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  1. AwildcatsZ

    AwildcatsZ Active Member R2R Supporter

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    My WWC Bounce is growing quickly in its new home. I had acquired the mushroom a few months back in a trade. It was smaller than a dime and didn't have a single bubble on it when I first added it to my tank. I am beyond pleased with the amount of bubbles that it has grown, but they tend to stay small compared to the mother shroom that it came from.

    What causes bounce mushrooms to produce large bubbles? Why does mind produce small bubbles?

    Tank Parameters:
    Size: 29 gallons
    Nitrate: 5 ppm
    Phosphate: <0.03
    Alk: 10
    Ca: 420
    Mg: 1400
    Temp: 77-79
    Lighting: Hydra 26HD
    Placement: Bottom, low/med light, low/med flow

    My WWC Bounce
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    Mother Bounce
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    Wieloch89 Active Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    My best guess would be flow? And that’s really just a guess. Put something like a torch in too much flow and it tends to retract quite a bit. I’ve hit mine with a turkey baster by accident before and they shriveled up significantly. It looks really good though.
     
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    Do you feed it?
     
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    Hunter1036 Active Member

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    I’ve got a medium sized OG bounce and I feed it a mix of seachem Fuel, Phytoplankton, Reef Roids, and a small chunk of Rods Reef food. I feed it that every other day and the bubble have gotten a lot bigger and it has grown significantly
     
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    Wieloch89 Active Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I don’t feed them directly. I have a couple and a biohazard. Just what I broadcast feed my corals. Mushrooms are something that I haven’t seen great results feeding them directly. I usually reserve that for LPS mainly.
     
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    AwildcatsZ Active Member R2R Supporter

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    I feed it occasionally with Reef Roids. I would say that the mushroom itself is growing quickly! The bubbles themselves however stay small. I was just wondering if there was a reason some bounce mushrooms get large bubbles and others stay small.
     
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    Wieloch89 Active Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I would assume lineage and age would probably determine that as well as water conditions and flow.
     
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    mdbannister Ahh...the Reef Life Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I'd heard it has something to do with lighting (I've not paid that much attention to bounce shrooms overall, but I remember reading that somewhere). Maybe someone in the #reefsquad will know.
     
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    I've not payed much attention to bounce shrooms either, but I'd like to tag along... ;Writing
     
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    Crabs Mcjones Millepora Maniac Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Partner Member 2019 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Don't own any bounces, but also tagging along for the answer :)
     
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    Michael Llabona Active Member

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    I don't have a bounce but I almost prefer the look of yours over the mother. The mother just looks like an orange bubble coral. At least yours looks like a uniquely textured and brightly colored shroom.
     
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    People say intense lighting forms the bubbles. I don't agree and I think there is more to it. My tank is not intensely lit up and I have Biohazard and a few other bounce. I have had bio hazards form from tiny parts of the foot getting left behind when one has moved. As soon as the mushroom developed you could see tiny inflated vesicles.

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    AwildcatsZ Active Member R2R Supporter

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    The lineage is great. As in the image above, the mother has very large bubbles. Could the possibility of it being a natural baby, coming from the foot of the mother play a role?
     
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    AwildcatsZ Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Thank you! Believe me, I am not unhappy with it by any means.
     
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    AwildcatsZ Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Do you find that the natural babies from the foot have smaller bubbles than the OG mother? I am sure there are dozens of variables that go into it, but seeing mine compared to others has made me curious.
     
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    Wieloch89 Active Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    The mother came from some other coral at some point as well? I think age would have to be taken in to account as well. How old was the mother at that point in the photo and how old is yours? Mine develop more and large bubbles as they grow. It’s the exact same DNA, and barring some outside act of nature they should end up looking relatively the same.
     
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    AwildcatsZ Active Member R2R Supporter

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    This makes sense. I figured it would develop as it ages. Mine is less than 6 months old. Would it be fair to assume that the "babies" you see with large bubbles are cuts from mother shoorms, rather than natural splits?
     
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    That would be absolutely fair. That’s the only way a “baby” would have bubbles that large or abundant. The ones I’ve cut look much different than the ones that my shrooms have “birthed”
     
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