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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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Mangrove Tank

Hey guys first post here, just wanted to share my Mangrove Tank for my mudskippers and fiddler crabs. Take a look, please critique.

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Hey that's really neat. Have those mangroves been growing in there yet.
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needs more mangrove!

That is the best looking multi tank stand I have seen.
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very cool to see a brackish tank with mangroves. its well done and i like the use of tile for the background.
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The Mangroves have been growing great. The one on the left started with just 2 leafs and it has a ton now. The other 2 just started taking off and both added a pair a leaves. Ya I think I'm going to add more Mangroves to the beach area. How many more total should I add to the tank? Ya I love that stand my brother in law made it for me it's about a week old lol. I thought that color of tile would bring out the Mangroves more why I went with it. So how many more mangroves should I add to the tank?
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Another plant you might try is Bacopa monnieri. Needle-leaf Jav fern might also grow in there.
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try to prune the mangrove and make a little bonsai out of it.


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I have heard that those red mangroves don't react well to pruning. I wouldn't take more than one or two nodes off the top if you do prune it.
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Looking really nice...I love mudskippers!!!
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If you can make something to hold the plant up so that the roots just touch the water it should start putting out areal roots like you see in a real mangrove. I have seen this done and it creates great cover and hiding spots for your critters. This tank is looking good you might want to give it a try.
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If you can make something to hold the plant up so that the roots just touch the water it should start putting out areal roots like you see in a real mangrove. I have seen this done and it creates great cover and hiding spots for your critters. This tank is looking good you might want to give it a try.
Ya I'm going to pick up about 5-6 more Mangroves this weekend and I really want to do that just need to figure out how to get it to stay in the air. I think that effect would look great.
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i dont think u need that many more mangroves in the tank. ti get them to stand up higher you could try to use hydrophyte line of stuff off his website. he could explain more for you on how to do it

also a quick question. how did u make the rocks at the base of the tiles?
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I saw a website where the guy used dowels acroosed the top of the tank then he fixed them with ziptes so that the roots just touched the water just until they rooted themselves. The end result was quite impressive.
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