This article is featured in Redfish Magazine Issue 2, August 2011. Redfish Magazine is available for download totally free of charge. Download your copy today!
Stony Mushroom corals from the family Fungiidae are interesting and unusual creatures for the reef aquarium. They make ideal beginner corals provided their basic, and somewhat odd, needs are met. This article includes:
- A discussion on the taxonomy of the Fungiidae with an emphasis on those species commonly kept by aquarists.
- Being mobile, solitary corals they have specific needs that must be met.
- The biology and ecology of the family Fungiidae and how this relates to aquarium placement.
- Their potential for fragging.
- Their compatibility with other fungiids and other corals.
- We discuss Heliofungia aciniformis and it’s particular quirks.
Corals of the family Fungiidae are an excellent addition to the reef aquarium, provided some of their unique needs are met. In particular, Mushrooms are mobile – don’t mistake them for their sessile cousins as they require a fine sandy bed in which to roam.
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