Neptune Bounce Mushroom Coral

Neptune Bounce Mushroom Coral

It's a... Bouncing Discosoma Mushroom?! Jimmy hit it out of the park with the phenomenal mushroom coral, with its fluorescent blue sheen across the body and light pink bubble nodules. Southern California reefer Jimmy first saw this mushroom coral at a wholesale facility in LAX. There were two small rocks from a Tonga shipment that had a few pieces of this mushroom. Interested in them, he purchased them and grew them out. He allowed his customer that purchased the first frag to came up, which was "Moon of Neptune." The name ended up being passed around as "Neptune Bounce" as people would walk around mentioning it as such.

I first saw this incredible mushroom coral at Reef-a-Palooza California. It was a large mother sized specimen of about 4"-5" across! It was by far one of the highlights of RAP, since this was the first time a bouncing Discosoma species was seen as, well, bouncing! This behemoth size of a Neptune's Bounce mushroom coral was mostly an oddball though, as most reefers who kept this piece can hardly get them any bigger than a quarter before they split and produce babies.

 

Extremely low light is recommended for this mushroom if you'd like for it to increase in size, but it can handle a variety of different lighting strengths if size isn't an importance. Neptune Bounce mushroom corals tend to be rather easy to care for once established, and will give many offspring when happy. Give this mushroom coral ample room to grow, as it likes to leave tiny pinhead sized babies as it crawls around the surface it's on. It tends to chase towards shaded spots and will most likely start to crawl/ leave babies underneath the frag plug it's on. As odd as it sounds, this mushroom coral will thrive on eggcrate, and it's a lot of surface area for it to grow and allows it to grow udner the rack if needed. 

 

Stock pieces of Neptune's Bounce Mushroom Corals will most likely be already healed up. Smaller pieces of this Mushroom are very small and almost transluscent, it's recommended that they are kept in a mushroom box to help prevent them from floating away as they acclimate into their new home.

  • Originator

    Jimmy007

  • Care Level

    Best tried after you've had success with a few other easier corals first and have an understanding of basic reef chemistry such as keeping salinity, alkalinity, calicium, and magnesium levels consistent. The coral itself is very easy to care for if you test for your parameters often and have created a consistent maintanence routine for your reef! 

  • Growth Rate

    Slow. Increased growth with feeding such as Benepets.

  • Lighting Placement

    Prefers to be kept in lower light. 

    Currently kept under Kessil 360x, all blue spectrum.

  • Flow Strength

    Prefers low flow. Too strong of a flow may cause it to deattach.

    Currently kept with Maxspect Gyre 350s Pumps.