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Family Discosomatidae

Discosoma neglecta

(Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1860)

Mottled Mushroom

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean.

Natural Environment: Inhabits nutrient rich deeper water along coastal areas, usually under overhangs.

General Husbandry: Rarely seen in the trade.

Has a green or brown color and generally a mottled surface area.

Requires slow water movement and dim lighting, preferably shade.

May accept feedings of microplankton foods, and/or newly hatched brine shrimp.

FYI: Easily propagated from cuttings.

Experience Level: Beginner

Diet: Photosynthetic/Absorption of nutrients/ Micro plankton/detritus feeder

Temperament: Peaceful

Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium

Coral Safe:Yes

Fish Safe: Yes

Invertebrate Safe: Yes

Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+

Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy

Calcium (Ca): 380 - 430 mg/l

Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3.0 meq/l

Phosphate (PO4): <0.05 mg/l

Magnesium (Mg): approx. 1350 mg/l (relate to specific gravity)

Strontium (Sr) 8 - 10 mg/l

Temperature Range: 72 - 83°F (22 - 28°C)

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Lighting: PAR 50 - 150

Water Movement: WM 1

Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025

pH: 8.0 - 8.4

Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.

 Discosoma neglecta (Mottled Mushroom)
Photo © Vincent Hargreaves
 Discosoma neglecta (Mottled Mushroom)
Photo © Zaid Fadul
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