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Ricordea florida Coral Care
Ricordea florida mushrooms are a signature Caribbean species and have been popular in the reef aquarium hobby for decades. Their body is covered with a uniform mat of short bubble-like tentacles that give these corallimorphs a distinctive aesthetic. Ricordea florida are generally easy to care for and make an excellent addition to a reef tank for both beginners and experts alike. Please see below for additional care tips for Ricordea as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
LocationRicordea florida are Caribbean mushroom corallimorphs and tend to be hardier than their Pacific cousins (Ricordea yuma).
Ricordea mushrooms do not require as much light as some other corals. It can be kept under normal output fluorescents without much difficulty. In some cases, it may extend more readily under subdued lighting, however it may display more attractive colors when placed under stronger lighting.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. If a Ricordea florida polyp detaches from its substrate, place it in a low flow area of the aquarium with some rubble and it will reattach on its own.
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.