Neptune Bounce Mushroom
This beautiful Neptune Bounce Mushroom is WYSIWYG approximately 1/2″ in diameter. The Neptune Bounce is known for its powdery blue and teal base with puffy, sand colored bubbles. The Neptune Bounce is an uncommon bouncing mushroom as the majority of bounce mushrooms are of the rhodactis variety, while the Neptune Bounce belongs to the Discosoma or ‘Discos’ for short.
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 reattaching 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.