Bounce Mushrooms (Rhodactis sp.)
Updated: Aug 1, 2019
Bounce Mushrooms are one of our favorite corals. These Mushroom corals are in the genus rhodactis. The reason that these mushrooms are called bounce mushrooms is because they develop large bubbles on the top of their heads. There are two main theories as to why this happens. The first is that there is a factor in the water chemistry that causes bounce mushrooms to develop these bubbles. This factor is a trace element or an over-abundance of magnesium. The second theory is that they are over exposed to UV light. In this case, when the coral is exposed for long periods of UV light, the coral forms bubble-like mutations.
In the aquarium industry, bounce mushrooms are highly sought after and can be very expensive depending on the linage of the coral as well as its coloration. The one that you see in the left corner of the screen in our tank is the World Wide Corals OG Bounce Mushroom. This coral is one of the most sought after. This coral is 100% aqua-cultured and can be traced back to a single coral that can be found at World Wide Corals in Orlando Florida. This coral also exhibits some striking bright colors of orange, yellow and green. The one that you can see in our feed is unique as some of the bubbles on the coral are multicolored. Let us know in the comments which coral blow is your favorite.
(from left to right we have the DC Snozz Berry bounce, GL Mountain Dew Bounce and WWC OG Bounce)