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Old 06/30/2016, 01:05 PM   #51
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This is my first post. I am lucky to have found the motherload of info here at Reef Central. A HUGE, giga if you will, Thanks to GIGA for starting this thread. I came here looking for help and advice with a brackish red mangrove setup.

The tank has been established for just over a month. Only contains substrate, mangroves, bubblers, CO2 feed etc...no fish or bivalves. Salinity is a steady 1.005 and the Koval light/some afternoon natural light is doing the job, I think.

My main question is about getting stilt and pneumatophore roots to develop. Seems to happen naturally, when there is tidal current and dense sand. Is is possible in a tank? I could be completely wrong, that's why I came here @[email protected]

Second question, should I plant the roots into the substrate? Seems dumb to even ask but will the roots work their way down naturally? Am I harming the trees?


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Old 07/03/2016, 12:25 PM   #52
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They must be planted in substrate. Stilt roots develop after 3 years of healthy growth.


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Old 08/20/2016, 11:03 PM   #53
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What is the best light for them


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Is it worth putting in 2 or 3 of those for a 60 gallon ? I have an compartment in my sump that I can turn into a refugium.

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Old 04/20/2017, 05:41 AM   #55
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Is it worth putting in 2 or 3 of those for a 60 gallon ? I have an compartment in my sump that I can turn into a refugium.
Mangroves are not good exporters of nitrates or phosphates. They grow way too slow to be worth the effort if you are looking for that kind of help. Just find a good macro algae like Chaeto.

We find mangrove propagules on the beach and I regularly bring a few home and grow them out. But strictly because I can and they are free. They do next to nothing for the tank. I wouldn't pay a dollar per propagule to have them.


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Old 05/03/2017, 03:45 AM   #56
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Hi thanks for this thread was looking for information like this! So i have some mangroves pods coming in and I was wondering what's the recommended substrate to use (you mentioned sand, soil, or silt in the OP) Some forums have recommended aragonite sand, mineral mud, or even mixes of the two. what type of substrate do you successful mangrove growers use?


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Old 05/03/2017, 05:59 AM   #57
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I have 2 mangroves in the overflow of my frag tank for 6 months now and they are doing just fine with bare roots! I have one in my shallow reef tank and it has put roots into the sand. I had one tied up on the back glass about 6" off the sand and it grew roots down into the sand and looked like the typical proproot mangrove we see at the shore.

The red mangrove is very adaptive and will grow in just about anything. I assume (I know, a bad thing) that the better the soil, the better it will grow. But to be honest, unless you have a high mounted grow light, you may not want your mangrove to grow too fast. I let mine grow until the reach the light fixture and then start over. But then I get free mangrove propagules off the beach.


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