Orange & Purple Ricordea Yuma Mushroom
Ricordea yuma Coral Care
Ricordea yuma mushrooms are a Pacific species of corallimorph. Their body is covered with an irregular mat of short bubble-like tentacles and they come in a wide array of colors. Ricordea yuma can be sensitive and challenging so we do not recommend them for beginners. Please see below for additional care tips for Ricordea as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
LocationRicordea yuma are found throughout the Indo-Pacific reefs.
Ricordea yuma mushrooms tend to do better under more intense lighting than their Caribbean siblings. Try keeping them in middle to high light.Low Light
Low light translates to about 30-50 PAR
Medium Light is between 50-150 PAR
High Light is anything over 150 PAR
Lighting is a loaded topic, so for a more in-depth discussion of lighting, please see our Deep Dive article.
We recommend keeping the mushrooms in a relatively low flow area of the reef display. Too much flow could cause this particular species to become stressed and not extend fully or blow around the tank.
Ricordea derives much of its energy from the products of their zooxanthellae. They can be fed small morsels of food however and may benefit from regular feeding.
This genus for the most part has been propagated extensively in captivity and is an excellent candidate for aquaculture. It is reasonable to believe that a sustainable harvest can be achieved in time.
Proper acclimation is extremely important considering the stress imposed on the animals by the shipping process. Please take a moment to review our Acclimation Guide.
The images were taken with a Canon 5D mk II and 100mm macro lens under T5 Fluorescent lighting. Quite a lot goes into how we go about shooting the corals and anemones you see on Tidal Gardens. For an in-depth look at our methods, check out our comprehensive Reef Aquarium Photography FAQ.