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Über Ricordeas


What are Ricordeas?

If you translate the name “Ricordea”, it likely means "1.000 pearls"...

Ricordeas are also called "wrong Florida corals”. They are a type of “anemone", therefore not "real" coral. They come from the family of the Corallimorpharian, that occur in different colors of orange and green to neon-green and shining blue.

Ricordeas anemones grow to a diameter of 4 to 10 cm and can show up to six mouth-openings per animal.

Our experience and observation of Ricordeas in their natural surroundings, we know that the color-pigmentation of the Ricordeas is comparable to the tone of the depth of the water, in which they live. Moreover, the color is strongly dependent on the temperature and the season. We know that Ricordeas can alter the colors of their tentacles and their mouth at least three times a year. This phenomenon is, however, mainly observed in their natural environment and rarely occurs in the aquarium.

Ricordeas differ in size and brightness, depending not only on the depth of the water but also on its temperature. The duration and the intensity of the sunlight are playing a decisive role in their color.

In storms or hurricanes, the anemones fade-out of color. They can become partially transparent. This behaviour illustrates that Ricordeas behave like a chameleon adjusting to the outer circumstances.

During the summer the sun is more intense and the water of the ocean is considerably warmer and clearer as it is in winter. At this time, the color of the polyps extremely changes. Especially, colors like orange in the most different shapings and combinations can be observed. However, the situation is nearly vice-versa in the winter and colors like blue and green originate – comparable to the colors of the ocean at this time of the year, in which the water is less clear and the sun shines shorter and less intense. In the time between, the colors of the Ricordeas turn out very differently. During this period of time, one can find beside the most different singles-colors many so-called multi-color Ricordeas partially reflecting the whole range of different colors.

Like described above, the action the nature enables us to find polyps in most different colors during the entire year. Due to the natural mutation, polyps of identical colors are not always available and the colorness may vary throughout the year. Please consider that no human being can predict, how many Ricordeas will be available and in which color-shapings they may occur.

Each single Ricordea is a masterpiece and one exclusive part of individuality!

Ricordeas can be found in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea. Remarking is, however, that those coming from the Atlantic do have much more intense color-shapings than those coming from the Caribic. Ricordea florida anemones are very rare animals world-wide, which show an indescribable color-splendor. Despite the rarity and difficulty to breed Ricordeas they can be kept very easily. This simple handling of the polyps is another reason why Ricordeas became so popular. So to speak, Ricordeas are the secret-recipe in order to give a special touch of individuality to your aquarium without much expenditure and, to get the most exceptional colorings and most intensive color-nuances into your tank!

Ricordeas especially do feel well in the aquarium if the light-circumstances are correct and the current is not too tough in the tank. Ricordea-fans from all around the world reported that Ricordeas react very sensitively on too strong currents and too strong illumination. The photosynthesis with the help of Zooxanthellen plays an important role of their nutrition. They live beside that also through food from the surroundings. Ricordeas in our farm are additionally fed with phyto-plankton.

The increase takes place through the polyps themselves, provided they feel comfortable in your tank. They settle on a stone and then begin to divide.

Ricordeas are not poisonous or toxic for your aquarium and don't represent any danger for your fish in addition. However, caution is necessary concerning the handling of Ricordeas. If you press on the polyp too strongly, it could reject secretions. In case that you get those into your eye, immediate medical advice is more than appropriate!

“Ricordea-Farm.com" is your exclusive partner for Ricordeas with its own location and diver-team in Florida for both German and for European market.



Ricordeas are very robust animals and don't require much care.

The following three basic rules should heed you in order to have as much as possible fun with your Ricordeas and, to be able to enjoy their color-splendor to the maximum:

1. Ricordeas love, moderate to quiet current in the tank.

2. Use a balanced illumination-system, e.g. T5 light-systems, blue & white / 1:1)

3. Feed phyto-plankton partially also zoo-plankton as nutrition

Ricordeas will never attack other creatures in your aquarium. They love touching each other! If possible, place your Ricordeas in small groups.

From our daily experience, we recommend to increase the light-intensity little by little when turning on or off. Furthermore, the installation of moonlight is advisable. This makes your Ricordeas develop splendidly regarding size and colored-ness.

We are using in our farm sea salt from Preis Aquaristik with a salinity of 34.



How do you unpack your Ricordeas after receipt of delivery?

Individual polyps are sent by us with water and pure oxygen. Please acclimatize your Ricordeas in accordance with the water-temperature in your aquarium before you put in the animals. After you have placed the polyps into your aquarium, switch on the blue light exclusively for the first three hours. Give your Ricordeas some days so they can get used to the new surroundings and can unfold.

Our package-system assures that the animals arrive in optimal constitution. Ricordeas packed by us, can survive a transportation-duration of up to 96 hours without any problems, provided, that the delivery is not exposed to extreme weather-conditions and the carrier does not do any negligent mistakes.

Due to the lack of light and stress during the transportation, the Ricordeas contract strongly. It is typical that they emit slime during this procedure. However, this is only a sign of stress or a cure-process and nothing to be severely concerned about.








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