This light green and purple color morph of, Ricordea florida, is not quite as intense as the other fluorescent green and purple ricordea that we sell, but they are interesting and different, so weve adde then to the catalog as another color morph. As you can see from the picture, the green tentacles on the polyps are almost an olive green, while the outer ring of polyps are a reddish purple. The mouth is usually green. They are generally about 1.5 in diameter when fully inflated, but they may get a little bit bigger once theyre acclimated into your system. Although the picture shows a double mouth polyp, these are single mouth polyps and will have only one mouth per polyp.
We only sell loose polyps and are not attached to any significant amount of substrate. They 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.
All of the ricordea we sell are extremely hardy and are great for any level of reef keeper, from the novice to the pros. They are primarily photosynthetic, but should be fed some sort of supplemental planktonic foods. In the wild they eat the organic dust and silt that settles on them, so when feeding them, dust them with food.
Ricordea reproduce primarily by division, so eventually these single mouth polyps will form a second mouth and begin the process of division. Many people help this division process along by cutting them in half between the mouths, or by just nicking them which seems to stimulate development of a second or third mouth.. 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.
Ricordea ship very well by priority mail and can easily survive a three or four-day ship time.