The Jawbreaker is a discosoma corallimorph species. It has a bright orange disk with shades of green and red and some red striations throughout. More mature pieces in the 2″ size start to grow more red striations and maybe some green patches. Smaller size polyps may not have red striations quite yet. A must have for every coral collector. We like to place these in many of the custom aquariums we build to colonize an area.
Mushroom corals are corallimorpharia corals and are known as the transition of stony coral to soft coral. Most of these corals asexually reproduce and can multiply well. These little gems can do really well and some have extraordinary colors. The rhodactus species have a little texted like surface where small tentacles protrude from the disk. Some variations of the rhodactus can produce bubbles we like to call bounce mushrooms. Discosoma species have smooth disks. The ricordea species have small tentacles spread out over the disk resembling mini carpet anemones. Ricordea can have multiple colors and different patterns making them some of the more interesting of this genus. There are two different types of ricordea mushrooms. The ricordea Yuma comes for the south Pacific region and the ricordea Florida come from the Caribbean region.
Some hobbyist like to place these on a separate rock island to keep them from spreading all over the reef. Some spread faster than others and some hardly spread at all and have to be forced to multiply. We have listed out the details for every mushroom so you know and can decide on where to place them on the reef.
Troubleshooting: If placing them on the reef all one needs to do is keep them managed in one section desired. We like to use a chisel for pruning by scraping the ones growing out of the desired location off the rock. These little anemone like corallimorphs can sting other corals if they are allowed to spread over the reef.
Lighting: Low lighting 30-80 PAR.
Care Level: Easy
Original Location Range: Indonesia, Coral Triangle, South Pacific
Grown in our California coral farm where we provide zero impact corals
Water chemistry: Calcium 400-450, Magnesium 1350, KH 7-9.5, pH 8.1-8.4, Nitrates .01-10, Phosphates .01-.1 salinity 1.026
Temperature Range: 74- 81 Fahrenheit
Feeding: mushroom will consume most foods and pellets and the target feeding can be placed directly on the mushroom disk.