The Ricordea Florida Mushroom Coral are known to inhabit the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. In the wild this genus of coral can be found growing on rocky surfaces, rubble, or growing upright on dead corals. The Ricordea Florida Mushroom Coral was discovered by the famous 19th century aquatic explorer duel of Duchassaing and Michelotti in 1860, which are also credited in discovering the Florida Corallimorpharian, False Coral, Coral Anemone, and Stubby Anemone.
Ricordea mushrooms are usually bright or even fluorescent in intensities. Due to a brilliant variety of colors, the Ricordea genus are some of the most sought after mushrooms around today.
The Ricordea Florida, unlike most other Mushroom Coral requires moderate attention and can tolerate more light. If the coral does not get the sufficient lighting and/or water they will just float around the tank until they find a suitable spot that meets their preferences or have an unpleasant encounter with a pump. Like other species of mushrooms, the Ricordea Florida Coral can handle higher nitrates than SPS or LPS corals.
Most experts will concur that this coral is the king of the Corallimorphs, and as far as they are concerned there are none that can compare to their illustrious color combinations, growth speed and easiness of care.
This mushroom coral are photosynthetic and carnivorous. They require supplemental feeding of small leafy foods like planktons and brine shrimp, in addition to its diet of macro algae tissue.
In order to keep a healthy and happy Ricordea Florida Mushroom Coral would will have to; change the water 10 % bi-monthly or 20 % a month, provide a reef atmosphere with proper magnesium levels, proper iodine levels are also essential. Due to their toxicity, adding active carbon would also be a good idea, especially for larger colonies of mushrooms.
Most Ricordea Florida Mushroom Corals grow and reproduce slowly; therefore knowing how to properly frag them can certainly speed up the process. Since the Ricordea Florida Coral Mushroom do not require a lot, keeping them alive and well in your tanks is not too complicated.
It is not aggressive and would make good tank mates to most established coral colonies. Still be weary and make sure that you provide sufficient space for both the established colony and the newly introduced Ricordea Florida Coral to thrive. No matter the species, it is always a good idea to give all the corals in your tank plenty of space to thrive and grow.