Fluorescent Green and Purple Ricordea is a stunning color variety of Ricordea florida from the Florida Keys. The main body is a dark, fluorescent green with a bright green mouth in the middle, and the outer ring of tentacles is a deep purple. The colors of the Fluorescent Green and Purple Ricordea are very rich and intense, and the polyps really glow in the right light. These are larger polyps, averaging about 1.5 in diameter for the single mouthed polyps.
Fluorescent Green and Purple Ricordea polyps are great starter “corals” and add a nice splash of color to any reef tank. They come from fairly shallow water and are photosynthetic, so they will thrive in a well-lit aquarium. The will derive most of their nutrition from the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, but some sort of supplemental micro food will be beneficial to them. The get along with other color morphs of Ricordea florida, so you can mix and match as you please.
Most ricordea will eventually attach to any clean substrate in your tank, or you can epoxy or superglue them to what ever you want. They can take intense light, but will thrive in medium light conditions as well. Sometimes you just have to experiment with the placement to get the best color results.
Ricordea reproduce primarily by division, so eventually the polyp will form two mouths and begin to divide. Many people help this division process along by cutting them in half between the mouths. This may seem radical, but it works and they almost always survive the process. If you are pondering doing this, I would suggest you do some more homework before you try it.
The two species of anemone shrimp from the Caribbean, Periclimenes yucatan and Periclimenes pedersoni, will readily take up residence on these ricordea polyps and provide an interesting show in your tank
Ricordea ship very well by priority mail and can easily survive a three or four-day ship time.