How do you find the right placement for Ricordea’s to really make them open up. Seems like everyone has a different need!
As most hobbyists know, Ricordea Corals are not overly aggressive and make very good tank mates to most established coral colonies and in any reef aquarium. Ricordea do NOT require a lot to keep them alive and well in your tank(s); as a bonus it’s not too complicated either; which also makes them great for beginners. The Ricordea Coral comes in several colorful combinations which including; green, orange, yellow, blue, and purple with blue, orange or purple rings surrounding a contrasting middle color. Ricordea are photosynthetic and carnivorous. They require supplemental feeding of small leafy foods like planktons, and brine shrimp, in addition to its diet of macro algae tissue. It is very important to remember that Ricordea, Yuma Ricordea, and Mushroom corals are all in the Anemone family. Since they are part of the Anemone family, they have a “sticky foot” and they will uproot and “walk” around as they see fit until they either find a place they are happy with or they perish due to not finding a suitable place to call their home. Ricordea Corals are fairly tolerant to a wide range of lighting and flow conditions; However, They do NOT like highly intense flow and lighting; so placement in the aquarium needs to accommodate all the corals’ specific requirements and needs. Every coral has its own Requirements; so be sure to gather as much information regarding the coral to ensure all requirements have been met. Ricordea Corals can handle higher nitrates than SPS or LPS corals. When try to decide on placement of the Ricordea, Yuma Ricordea, or Mushroom a lot of people would say place them on the sand bed and let the coral do the rest are best for placement in the aquarium; However, I disagree with the people that state to place them on the sand bed. They like substrate or little pieces of rock to hold onto. Placing them low to mid-way in the tank seems to have the best results; as too much light or flow can be a problematic for these types’ animals. Placing them on the sand bed could be problematic as well as you would run into other issues such as; when siphoning the tank it is possible for the coral to be flung across the tank by accident and sometimes even without immediately noticing the disappearance of the coral; which sometimes, depending on how established the aquarium is never to be seen again. Be sure to stay wary and make sure to provide sufficient space for any established colony or colonies that may be near your choice in placement in the aquarium and the newly introduced Ricordea, Yuma Ricordea, and/or Mushroom Corals for them to thrive. No matter the species, it is always a good idea to give all the corals in your tank plenty of space to grow and thrive.