Frankenstein Bounce Mushroom
This vibrant Frankenstein Bounce Mushroom is WYSIWYG. This Frankenstein is one of Francine’s natural babies (see gallery photo). The Bounce Mushroom is among the most sought after corals in the hobby and with good reason. There are several color variations of the Bounce Mushroom. With their amazing colors and ease of care, the Bounce Mushroom can easily become the centerpiece of any reef tank. They are extremely easy to care for, they don’t require any special attention.
Placement should be towards the bottom with PAR lighting parameters between 75-150. Too much light can bleach, damage or even kill the mushroom. Sharp substrate should be avoided. They don’t require any dietary supplements as Rhodactis Mushrooms are Photosynthetic. Bounce Mushrooms aren’t particularly finicky with water parameters either. Basic reef tank maintenance and stability will be adequate.
From the Caribbean to Fiji there are several different families to choose from, each offering a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Corallimorphs are a great choice for fish-only systems, as the vast majority of reef fish do not find mushrooms appetizing. Most mushrooms can also tolerate higher levels of nitrate, phosphate and ammonia!
Caring for mushrooms is, by and large, very simple. While most mushrooms can tolerate the presence of a varied collection of inhabitants and less than optimal parameters, certain conditions enable them to thrive rather than simply survive. Mushrooms seem to do better in tanks with higher than normal levels of nutrients and lower levels of lighting and flow. They are a “sit and forget” type of coral that live out their lives best when left undisturbed. Interestingly enough, a lack of attention to these organisms will actually promote a natural “budding” of the mushroom through an asexual reproductive process called Pedal Laceration. This is where the mushroom will slowly move along the substrate and leave behind cloned copies of itself.