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Old 05-02-2011, 06:30 PM   #46
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Yeah that would be good to look there. I might also be abel to trade with some of the livebearer people that I know from the ALA.
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Old 05-04-2011, 01:55 AM   #47
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I am writing a series of blog articles with more detail about this setup for the AquaBotanic.com blog. Follow this link to read the frist entry...

Mangrove Riparium Journal - Article #1 of 4

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Old 05-04-2011, 02:05 PM   #48
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Don't forget to check out that article that I link above. It took me all day to write it.
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:17 AM   #49
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I hope to work on this project some more tomorrow or maybe even tonight in the middle of the night.

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Old 05-08-2011, 04:17 AM   #50
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I hope to work on this project some more tomorrow or maybe even tonight in the middle of the night.

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Old 05-08-2011, 04:52 PM   #51
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Those are mangrove leather fern, an excellent riparium plant.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:34 PM   #52
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I want to get some updated pictures of this tank, but now the water is all stained by the manzanita stumps and I feel compelled to drain it all and replace with fresh. Ugh. I need a longer hose so that I can siphon right to the basement floor drain.
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:00 AM   #53
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I want to get some updated pictures of this tank, but now the water is all stained by the manzanita stumps and I feel compelled to drain it all and replace with fresh. Ugh. I need a longer hose so that I can siphon right to the basement floor drain.
thats why i got a 50' python. cant wait for picks!!!
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:56 PM   #54
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I might have pictures tonight. I need to find a garden hose all that stuff is packed away.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:44 PM   #55
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Here is another really great mangrove that I plan to use in the tank, white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa). I currently have it going in my 11-4G riparium setup but it is growing fast and getting too big for that tank. It has these great paddle-shaped rubbery leaves.

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Old 05-15-2011, 04:56 PM   #56
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Here's another view of that same white mangrove. I wish I had more of them. I started out with quite a few of the little propagules about a year-and-a-half ago, but I gave them away/sold them all.



This is a really cool plant. When I grow it in the brackish tank it will be important to remember to rinse the salt from the leaves every couple of days. Even growing in the freshwater setup it has salt accumulation on the leaves from the little bit of salt in our tapwater and the ferts that I add. You can see the salt as the little bit of glistening on the leaves.
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:13 AM   #57
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I keep running into new unusual strange plants that are possible candidates for this setup.

I was just reminded about an especially weird tropical aroid that grows in swampy riverbank forests in South America, Montrichardia arborescens. It grows into a weird small tree and forms dense stands in the water. Just look at these image search results...

Google: Montricharida arborescens

Sometimes it is hard to find commerical sources for odd tropicals in the US, even though nurseries in Australia and Indonesia and places like that have them, but there is apparently this place in Florida that has this plant...

http://www.tropilab.com/mokomoko.html

I gotta get this plant and try it out in this tank. Supposedly it can grow in brackish water too. It will eventually get way too big, but I should be able to manage it for a while and maybe prune it back.

Here is a Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mo...ia_arborescens) image of W. arborescens showing the foliage and spathe...

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Old 06-24-2011, 12:38 AM   #58
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Finally last night I made some more time to set this tank up for some picture-taking. It took while for those manzanita stumps to sink and to stop staining the water so much.



I have some really great plants in here. The mangrove trees are all nice and big, but the Bacopa monnieri and the leather ferns need to grow in some more. I look forward to tracking down some fish. It is getting closer to ready.
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:53 AM   #59
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Great job as usual..
how far is the light from the plants?
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:05 AM   #60
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Thanks Abdelkrim! The light is just right above them. I need to update the lighting. It is just a single HO T5 lamp + reflector but I think that these plants will need two strips.
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