ARK Green Striped Pinwheel Mushroom
How to Care for Striped Mushrooms
written by Dave Burr
Striped Mushrooms are a classic beginner coral and are easy to keep.
Placement: Mount the Striped Mushrooms using IC gel glue, or putty, in the bottom half of the aquarium where they can reproduce and expand their colonies over the rock. If you do not want them growing on your your main rock structure try creating a mushroom island by mounting several types of mushrooms to one larger rock and placing it as an island in your sand bed.
Feeding: Although symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae hosted within them supply some of their nutritional requirements through photosynthesis they do benefit from supplemental feedings of phytoplankton, zooplankton, and/or marine snow.
Lighting & Flow Requirements: Striped Mushrooms require low to moderate water flow and low to moderate lighting (PAR 80-250). T5’s, Metal Halides, or LED’s can all grow Striped Mushrooms when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
Care Level: Easy
Lighting Requirements: Low to moderate (PAR 80-250)
Water Flow: Low to moderate
Family: Actinodiscidae / Discosomatidae
Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4 Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates, < .10ppm