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Old 08-12-2010, 01:07 AM   #381
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I've heard mangrove trees growing in your sump or in a hang-on on the back of your tank will remove enough organic materials to make a skimmer useless. I haven't tried it yet, but if I start a tropical tank I will be using mangrove trees as a nutrient sink.

You can buy them pretty cheap, if you live near the water in florida you could probably go get your own.
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I haven't tried it yet, but if I start a tropical tank I will be using mangrove trees as a nutrient sink.
If you like the look of mangroves or just like keeping them they do help take some of the nutrients out of your system but macro algae will do the job much faster and easier. Because mangroves grow so slowly compared to cheato or calurpa (can't remember how to spell that) they just can't keep up in the nutrient export.
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+1 to that, I have seen efficient mangrove systems, but you need a small forest of them, and they need to be pruned pretty constantly and you can't let leaves fall off back into the water or they just leach out everything they soaked up.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:27 PM   #384
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so if you decide to do a skimmer in the sump, will it just be the hang on style?
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:25 PM   #385
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+1 to that, I have seen efficient mangrove systems, but you need a small forest of them, and they need to be pruned pretty constantly and you can't let leaves fall off back into the water or they just leach out everything they soaked up.
I totally agree with jimbo. I had 12 mangroves in my sump and they are very slow to export any nitrates. You also have to prune constantly and also watch the roots or they will find the smallest imperfection in your tank and start a leak. I had the groves for a little over a year. I added "Ogo",red macro algae, and that did a much better job. You guys can add cheato and that is even better.
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so if you decide to do a skimmer in the sump, will it just be the hang on style?
It will either be an in sump... (I would add a 30g sump to the setup) or a stand alone, like StripesTheEel has with the 700g... but smaller
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We will see what stuff I need... I have some space on the sides and behind...
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Just a quick question... what is the best "canary" in a coal mine, for a salt water reef tank?
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