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Old 10-09-2011, 09:46 PM   #151
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I was working on this setup some more today. I have had it set up provisionally on a make-shift stand, but I want to get it onto a better stand.

I am going to make another stand of this kind of construction...



However, I am going to just use some of these cheaper 2X4s that I have around here and I plan to just paint them. I might use a blue or a purple paint.

The plants and the fish are still looking good. I'll get an updated FTS when I get everythign put together with the new stand.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:37 AM   #152
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Hi, Devin.

You still got this tank up and running? If so, we (I) would love to see an update of how your plants are doing. And some data of the salinity you work with.

Also, I'm working up courage to prune my black mangroves. They have grown their way up to the lid of the tank and I suppose they should start branching and thicken up a bit if I cut the tops off?
They are very thin, barely holding their own weight up right. Too little light or what?
Any directions?

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Old 08-03-2012, 12:34 AM   #153
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Finally after all this time I have a new photo update.

This tank was semi-neglected for a long time, but I fixed it up and now it looks better.

This shot shows the foliage pretty well. There are six different mangrove species (four trees and two herbaceous plants) in there.

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Old 08-03-2012, 04:45 AM   #154
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Nice! Maybe one day you'll have some sizable trees in there! haha
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:07 AM   #155
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Gosh I haven't seen CL on here in a long time.

I hope to keep most of those plants shorter with pruning. Red mangrove hates pruning, but it also grows very slowly.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:57 AM   #156
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Another fancy Riparium tank!
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:07 AM   #157
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Great!

Eagerly waiting for more details on your water conditions and fishies.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:45 PM   #158
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Another fancy Riparium tank!
This one isn't so fancy, but I have some nice plants in there.

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Great!

Eagerly waiting for more details on your water conditions and fishies.
Hi Timo! I'll try to post more soon. I am trying to work on this setup a little more every day. Here are a couple more quick pictures.



Here is foliage on the new Rhizophora mangle.


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Old 08-03-2012, 07:19 PM   #159
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This is really cool. Here are the stilt roots on the Pandanus tectorius. This is my favorite plant in here.

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Old 08-03-2012, 09:12 PM   #160
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The only reason that mangroves grow in brackish to salt water is they grow so slowly they cannot compete with faster trees. Freshwater is fine for them. When I was in school in Florida we did allot of studies on these trees. The Indians used to collect the salt off of the leaves (that is how they get rid of excess salt from the water). I like what you have done with these trees.
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The only reason that mangroves grow in brackish to salt water is they grow so slowly they cannot compete with faster trees. Freshwater is fine for them. When I was in school in Florida we did allot of studies on these trees. The Indians used to collect the salt off of the leaves (that is how they get rid of excess salt from the water). I like what you have done with these trees.
Yep they all grow just fine in freshwater too. Before setting up this tank I had all of these in regular freshwater.

I spray these plants down with RO water every few days to rinse away the accumulating salt residue.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:20 PM   #162
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I'm trying to get this tank into better shape. The plants are looking good, but it needs more fish.

I have been watching AquBid for more native US killis because there is a seller there who catches them in Florida. They include some really cool little fish. There is currently an auction for Lucania goodei. This is an especially pretty fish that resembles white cloud mountain minnows. It's funny it's not a popular aquarium fish--people just don't appreciate native US fish.

I am trying to figure out the habitat preferences of L. goodei. I have run into some sources that cite it as using brackish habitats, but most describe instead clear freshwater streams as preferred habitats.

Look at this Creative Commons (http://eol.org/data_objects/17428292) picture of L. goodei.

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Old 10-06-2012, 06:45 AM   #163
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I have a pretty cool new plant coming with an order next week. The mangrove spider lily (Hymenocallis latifolia) grows in mangrove swamps and tolerates moderately brackish water.


(Wikimedia Commons image: http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...sse_bluete.jpg)
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:59 PM   #164
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that flower is sick. hope to see your pics of its bloom in due time.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:59 PM   #165
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Yeah I hope it will grow. A disadvantage with that species is that it grows really big, to 48" tall. The other Hymenocallis that I have, such as H. traubii, are better riparium choices because they only get to 14" or so tall.
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