Chaos Aquaculture Dr. Who Disco
The Chaos Aquaculture Dr. Who Disco is one of the most interesting discosoma we have come across. This discosoma variety has an aqua base color with lighter teal stripes radiating from the mouth. Accents of metallic yellow-green color coat the surface of this mushroom with contrasting white stripes radiating from the mouth while tiny papillae protrude from the surface. This mushroom is WYSIWYG and approximately 1″ in size.
Discosoma are corallimorphs, not true corals. They share traits in common with both corals and anemones yet are distinct enough to warrant their own classification. Discosoma are some of the easiest additions to our reef tanks. They are tolerant of a wide range of tank parameters, making them an excellent addition to almost any saltwater aquarium. They sometimes find a home in fish-only type aquariums with fish that are not considered reef safe, such as groupers, angels, and lionfish. This is because the corallimorphs can survive in high-nutrient conditions typical in fish-only systems with large messy fish. Most corals struggle in high-nitrate tanks. Some of the most beautiful fish in the hobby cannot be kept in reef aquariums because they eat coral. Most fish, however, do not find mushrooms appetizing. Even reef fish that are notorious corallivores, such as butterflyfish and angels, do not go out of their way to eat mushrooms. If you have a fish-only tank and miss corals, consider trying a few mushrooms.
Discosoma that are over illuminated can form oxide radicals in their flesh that resemble white tumors. These mushrooms can change color depending on the light provided, so there is some room to experiment with different lighting profiles as long as the polyp is not showing signs of distress.
If you are interested in propagating coral, Discosoma are among the best corals to make an initial attempt with. They heal well from cutting and grow quickly thereafter. The trickiest aspect to mushroom propagation is re-attaching them once they are cut. Neither rubber bands nor glue will do the trick unfortunately. Mushrooms are escape artists that can easily foil attempts to directly hold them down on a substrate. What we like to do is make sure each cutting is attached to a piece of substrate and glue that down to a larger piece in the aquarium.