Rhodactis mushrooms are difficult to grow. They require an environment with very specific water conditions. They can’t thrive in captivity! In the wild, they are only found in the nutrient-rich waters of Hawaii and Australia. Even if you wanted to grow them, you’d need a tank sunk deep into the ocean floor!
The Rhodactis mushroom is an amazing plant that’s often overlooked.
Rhodactis grow slowly and require specialized care. Few aquarium owners can provide the exact conditions that they need to thrive.
This is too bad because even though they’re difficult to grow, they are very beautiful. It would be nice if more people could appreciate their beauty! Hopefully this article will introduce more aquarists to the Rhodactis mushroom.
Rhodactis mushrooms are often referred to as “mushroom anemones” or “snowball anemones”. This is because they don’t have tentacles like most other anemones.
Rhodactis need a lot of light. They come from shallow waters. In the wild, they are often found clinging to corals or to rocky surfaces.
These plants are very tough and can even survive if you poke them. This is because they don’t have a delicate outer layer like most other animals!
Rhodactis have small “skeletons” made of calcium carbonate which gives them strength.
Rhodactis need stable temperatures from top-to-bottom. They can’t tolerate slight fluctuations in water temperature.
Rhodactis can grow on any hard surface. They often find protection on the pinnacles of coral reefs, where there is plenty of space to grow and absorb nutrients.
Rhodactis mushrooms are more colorful than most anemones that you might come across in the wild! This is because they have many beautiful colors within their fleshy outer layer which is called a zooid (plural: zooids).
Rhodactis need a lot of water flow. They need to be able to “breathe” all of the nitrates and other important nutrients that they need for growth. They can’t survive in stagnant water.
Rhodactis have some similarities with corals in that they do not have a skeleton and their bodies are soft when young. Many people think of them as “plant anemones”.
Rhodactis are very slow-growing plants! You will only get about 2 inches (5cm) per year if you start with healthy specimens.
Rhodactis prefer low salinity but can handle higher levels at times. They don’t seem to mind brackish water.
Specific gravity is the most important factor when keeping Rhodactis mushrooms. You should keep them in a tank that simulates natural conditions even if you can’t find someone to do it for you.
Don’t feed rhodactis often or they will die quickly. You should only feed them if their tentacles are actively growing.
Rhodactis are photosynthetic plants. They get most of the energy that they need from light, and can sit on an empty tank for around a month! If you feed them too much, they will starve to death. Don’t be tempted to feed rhodactis every time you see them!
You should feed your Rhodactis 3 days a week with a balanced aquarium food.
How to best water your rhodactis mushrooms? It’s best to keep the water column from 1 to 2 inches (3-5cm) deep.
Rhodactis don’t need any special filtration. They don’t have any long-term waste, and they become a bigger nuisance if they’re allowed to pile up!
Rhodactis can be very difficult to keep! You should make sure that your tank has all of the right conditions for them before you start. Keep in mind that this will take some time!
How to know if you need a new rhodactis mushoom?
When it stops growing, you should replace the plant with a healthy one. When you have a new rhodactis mushoom, you should wait for it to grow 2/3 of the way! You should then remove it and cut it in half. You can let one piece grow while keeping the other to remove and cut up later.
Conclusion: Rhodactis mushrooms are a beautiful and unusual addition to any home aquarium. They grow slowly and need to be preserved in order to thrive. Be sure to consider all of their requirements before deciding if you want them for your aquarium!
We hope that you enjoyed this article about the Rhodactis mushroom.