This week’s featured coral of the comes to us from Joe Knows Reefs. This beautiful rhodactis polyp is currently available but there is only one available at this time. At $34.99 this is a great deal.
The Rhodactis Mushroom is also sometimes referred to as a Hairy or Small Elephant Ear Mushroom. It usually is a violet to blue color, often with margins and highlights of green. Rhodactis often has a red mouth, and papillae (small processes or projections radiating away from the mouth ) that form cauliflower-like patterns, and can grow up to 3 inches in diameter.
Rhodactis mushrooms are very easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and they prefer slower water movement. Lower to medium light levels are fine for most Rhodactis species. This coral is considered to be semi-aggressive and requires adequate space between itself and other corals.
Longitudinal fission is the primary means of reproduction, also refered to as assexual reproduction.
The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within its body provide the majority of its nutritional requirements through photosynthesis but it will also consume solid foods as seen in Yuma coral (similar in morphology to Rhodactis mushrooms) video consuming Fauna Marin LPS pellets.