Elephant Ear Fish Eating Mushroom! Claimed two of my clowns :-(

Discussion in 'Soft Corals' started by Brandon1023, Mar 15, 2008.

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  1. wildreef

    wildreef Stylophora

    Mar 29, 2008
    Louisville, KY ( derby town )

    "Mushrooms" are a cousin of what we call "anemones", and that elaphant ear is just a closer cousin is all.
    Oh as it becomes larger it will take fish and "slowly" close up around it.
    ( this happens mostly at night when the little fishy decides to sleep near/on it )

    Ive seen elaphant ears as big as dinner plates and they are not picky eaters when it comes swallowing a clown or your favorite tang etc.

    Actualy had considered it one time' they do "fill in" tanks quite nicely.
    But had a friend that had a real nice softie tank , had a couple of nice tangs, a purple and a yellow.

    One day the purple came up missing "MIA" and he was totally lost as to where it went lol....
    ( no carpet diving , we checked all over ).
    Upon closer inspection of the tank, we noticed the elaphant ear was quite "bulgy" looking , lmao !.

    Quite the expensive dinner ' a 25.00 elaphant ear consumed a perfect 130.00 purple tang.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
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  3. Bogie

    Bogie Snowflake Eel

    Feb 7, 2008
    Here's what our elephant ear looked like a few months ago:
    (Kind of just laid it on that rock at first, but moved it later)


    and here's now:


    It definitely looks to have gotten a little bigger, and changes color from shades of pink to green still. I have never seen it blow up like a balloon though...and no fish missing yet.
  4. Brandon1023

    Brandon1023 Fire Goby

    Mar 14, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    Yea yours looks a lot different than mine, Bogie. Maybe like all corals there are different varieties of the same family or whatever. If you haven't seen it in the same hunting mode as I described, I wouldn't worry too much.
  5. Chaloupa

    Chaloupa Plankton

    Apr 1, 2006
    Campbell River, B.C. Canada
    I have 2 very large Elephant Ear Mushrooms that my clowns host in....and have never lost anything....weird!