"Would you believe
I put almost all of the mushrooms I have in my tank
in there on purpose? I really did. I had this vision,
you see, of cleverly covering my pre-corallined bare
bottom tank with a field of gorgeous multi-colored
mushrooms and such. After all, it was primarily going
to be a "Softies" tank at that point. What would look
better than a field of mushrooms stretching across
the bottom as far as the eye could see?
Ever hear the phrase 'be careful what you wish for'? Perhaps that
should've been the sub-title of this category because, guess what?
I've now got mushrooms as far as the eye can see; on the bottom
of the tank, in the middle of the tank, at the top of the tank,
creeping up from the rockwork with seemingly only one mission in
mind: Get the real corals!
This declaration of war, of course, has NOT gone unchallenged by
yours truly however, as part of my weekly maintenance now includes
'kalk sniping' several of the little &*&@$^ (*&%s that
are closest to harming my other stuff. I wouldn't mind them so
much if they'd just stay in their place (pause for laughter) because
they ARE beautiful creatures but in hindsight, I'd say their introduction
was probably the biggest livestock error I've made with this tank
(I don't count Aiptasia because I didn't introduce them on purpose).
I'm not even going to bother
with the conditions necessary to maintain
these animals other than to say: 1. Make
saltwater, 2. Get 'Shroom, 3. Wait. In
a few months, you too will be the Elmer
Fudd of the Reef, on a futile and never-ending
quest to "Bwast those wascally mushrooms" before
they smother your more highly prized