December 28, 2012
I'm about to set up a brackish tank and I want use mangrove in both the refugium and the tank. The tank is 200l and I think I'll house only a single green spot puffer (I don't know if I could house any other fish).
I want the mangroves to grow a big root system that for decoration in the tank but I really don't know how to do it. I've been reading online but only get instruction how to keep it minimize in refugium. Any guide how to prune them would be really great!
p/s sorry if I post this on a wrong category
April 27, 2013
The mangrove set-up can be accomplished in a couple of different ways. Most mangrove tanks have both a land area and a swimming area with mangrove trees growing along the edge of the water. Depending on if you are doing a species only tank, or a community tank will have a great effect on what size tank is required. My opinion on this set-up would be that if you are doing a spieces tank, a 20 gal tank or larger should be used. This of course depends on whether or not you are doing a fish only spieces tank or a crab or mud skipper tank. A 30 gal or larger tank should be used for a community tank, whether its a fish only tank or a tank with fish and crabs/ mudskippers. Long tanks would be a better choice for these set-ups than tall tanks would, especially in the smaller tank, to allow more swimming room for your fish.
Canister filters or internal filters work best on this set-up with air stones for extra aeration. The salinity(SG) should be maintained between 1.010-1.015 with a high pH level.
Specifics for This Set-Up:
Temperature: 78-84 F
pH Level: 7.8-8.5
Decorations: Mangrove Trees, floating plants, driftwood/ bogwood and rocks along bottom.
To encourage elaborate, aerial root systems, begin seedlings tied gently to a post (PVC pipe, rigid airline tubing, etc.) with flexible gardener's tape - available at a landscape or garden center. Be sure to use flexible tape, as rigid ties will cut into the plant as it grows. Immerse the tethered seedling to a depth where only the lower 1/3 of the propagule is submerged in water. Roots will sprout before leaves. As roots begin to grow and develop, you only need to gradually move the "body" of the plant upwards on the stake. In this teasing manner, strong roots will grow thickened and extensively to support the weight of the tree above the water as if the tide was going out.
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