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Thread: Mushroom health
02-05-2012, 02:42 AM #1
Ok, this is probably me fretting and obsessing over nothing, but I recently got some blue mushroom corals and I wanted to know if it was usual for them to open up in the morning and look really healthy but then as the day wears on for them to close up and not look as good, even before the light goes off?
I ask cause they've done it every day I've had them. Like they look unbelievably full and healthy about five hours after the light goes on. Currently my lights are on a 14/10 cycle.كل نفس ذائقة الموت ثم الينا ترجعون
02-05-2012, 12:56 PM #2
Shrooms don't need a lot of light. 14 hrs on is on the long side ime. I keep a staged photoperiod of 2 actinics on for 1 hr then all 6 lights on for another 6 hrs then just 2 actins on for another 2.5. That makes a total phot period of just 9.5 hrs in my case. My shrooms are full for about 5 hrs of that. My guess is you will get some algae issues with your lights on so long, I know I did when I had mine on for 12hrs.
02-05-2012, 04:13 PM #3
My lights are only on for 8 hours total, including the 2 hour each phase for dusk and dawn.
Tons of threads out there on google for photoperiods for reef tanks...reefcentral is a good site for reefing threads.
Having said that, my shrooms look ok even in the dark. This is them now, and the lights have been off all night and not due to come on for another 3 hours.
You should post pics to see so we can see how much they really do close up, before and after.
lol we always want pics!
02-05-2012, 04:30 PM #4
+1, or now 2, to the lighting suggestions
Have you been testing your dKH, Cal, and Mag ?
Sometimes if those paramaters are out of balance it can add some stress to the corals. Even softies like mushroomsIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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02-05-2012, 04:48 PM #5
Calcium is 440 ppm, dKH was 10 to 11 last I checked. Don't have mag test kit yet. And yeah, the mushrooms only open that much occasionally. My camera's batteries are dead right now, but I'll take pictures in a couple hours, which is usually when they peak.
Couple things occur to me. 1, the flow in the tank is about 1400 gph right now, which I know is high for mushrooms, but I think there's a good spot where the flow isn't so bad, though not much of my light gets in (only have two T-5's right now, haven't put the LEDs in yet)
2. Could they still be acclimating to the new tank? I only got them 4 days ago.كل نفس ذائقة الموت ثم الينا ترجعون
02-05-2012, 04:59 PM #6
4 days isn't a lot, but shrooms ARE hardy, so I wouldn't have thought it would take them more than a couple days...and I don't think flow is that big a factor for them...but you could give them a full week or 10 days before Doing Something.
I perhaps have an inflated opinion as to mushroom hardiness, as they are taking over my tank and I'm having to remove the LR they are on and replace with new clean dead rock in order to get rid of the darn things. The are starting to challenge my frogspawn and ricordias for space.