Mangrove Tree Questions

Colin

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I have only ever kept two mangroves, got them as pods at the same time, one did nothing and died but i still have the other to this day. It is in a sump tank at my dad's house.

They grow very slowly and even after two years is only about 18" high with about 6 leaves. Some people keep nipping off leaves to leave one at a time to inhibit growth. I only ever bought them to have them and not for filtration reasons.

I think, depending on tank size, that you would need a stack of them to be of any use and good lights, mine gets light from a twin 150watt MH with 2x 54watt actinics... probably too 'blue' for good plant growth, a grolux might be better?

Make sure you wash the leaves with freshwater when you can to keep them free of salt.

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I have had a browse around forums on the mangrove topic and as above, for nutrient export they dont seem very useful. They are cool plants none the less, but for removing nutrients you need something fast growing otherwise there isnt much point. Have you thought about one of the macroalgaes? (Capulera is the most common one). Grows real quick and you know that it must be pulling something out of the water. There are associated problems with it though, like blooms ect.
 

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Feelers said:
Have you thought about one of the macroalgaes? (Capulera is the most common one). Grows real quick and you know that it must be pulling something out of the water. There are associated problems with it though, like blooms ect.

Caulerpa is soo 2005. I use chaetomorpha and love it. It sucks down the nitrates like Coca-Cola. Its easy to keep and trim, the snails and pods love it, and none of the reproductive issues to worry about.

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its really more malformed ocean than dwarf ocean isn't it. They wont affect the salinity of the tank drastically, they suck straight salt water up the roots, they then sucreet the salt onto the surface of the leaves, this does mean that you need to wash them every 1-3 days.
 

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Thanks for the information, I am leaning toward using chaetomorpha. From what I have read so far, it might be more inline whit what I want to do. More like a malformed ocean, good observation.
 

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If anyone needs chaeto you can contact me. I've got quite a bit and I'm worried about it getting smart and attacking me in my sleep.

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DHyslop said:
If anyone needs chaeto you can contact me. I've got quite a bit and I'm worried about it getting smart and attacking me in my sleep.

Dan
In your sleep?!? :goofysca:

I'd be glad to take what ever you can spare. Do you still have our address? If not, just PM me.

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