The Hairy Mushroom Coral like all corals requires good water quality, but unlike many other coral species only requires medium light intensity and medium water movement. In shallow aquariums Hairy Mushroom Corals do well when placed in the middle areas of the aquarium or placed in higher areas of the aquarium in deeper tanks, with plenty of room for them to grow laterly. If higher intensity lighting is used, it is best to place the Hairy Mushroom Coral in a lower area of the tank to prevent bleaching. One should not allow this species to come into contact with of corals or sessile invertebrates as it will overgrow and damage or possibly kill them. Ideally this species does best when it receives alternating or indirect medium water currents, as some of its nutrition comes from filter feeding on plankton and other micro-foods.
Most of the nutrition the Hairy Mushroom Coral receives is provided by photosynthesis of the hosted symbiotic algae zooxanthellae contained within the coral. However, they also filter small plankton or other filter foods from the water and may be fed plankton, brine or other similar smaller meaty items.