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Old 01-07-2005, 11:53 AM   #11
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Steve-s, are you saying I should trim the tops? If so that is a releif because I was wondering how they would fit in the fuge lol...I mean it is 16" tall but from the pictures I have seen they get kinda tall. I was also reading that I shouldn't let the leaves get too warm and the light sits on top of the lid.
Where the light gets positioned will be important. If too close to the foliage it could result in wilting from the heat, not so much the light but a clip fan should help with that. When you first get the mangrove they will usually just be a seed pod. No leaves or roots as yet. They should be floated so just the root base is in water and the main body out of water. This will allow the roots to grow properly and the seed pod will not become water logged and rot. Once it begins to grow it will have the tendancey to be faster on the foliage than the roots. Let the leaves grow until you have about 3-4 and the pinch any new ones after that. This will force the mangrove to look for more ways of nutrient support via the roots and increase the structure so it grow downward instead of upwards. Simpley pinch off new growths with your fingers. If a leaf becomes tattered or worn, pinch it and let a new one take it's place. The root structure is the most important part of using it for nutrient export. The more roots, the better it works.

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Old 01-07-2005, 04:04 PM   #12
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Wow, I never thought of growing plants with my tank.. tho I have seen this done. So there's actually a benefit to doing this. Rock on. Can you drop on of these into a hangon sump? Where the water comes in, there's a collection of about 2g of water. Could I drop a seed in there and let it grow on the back of the tank? Or is this something you should really grow in the main tank?
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Old 01-07-2005, 07:22 PM   #13
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Can you drop on of these into a hangon sump? Where the water comes in, there's a collection of about 2g of water. Could I drop a seed in there and let it grow on the back of the tank? Or is this something you should really grow in the main tank?
As long as the seed pod can be suspended and there's enough room for the roots to spread out/anchor it will work just fine. They will eventually grow to support their own weight like that of the mangroves in the wild. If a smaller tank, just add one.

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I was going to ask that too, I have 150g, how many should I add. I read somewhere 1 per 15g for nutrient export...is this true or do i need less than that?
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Old 01-07-2005, 07:37 PM   #15
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Much less than that. If it where your only means of nutrient control mabye. For now I would suggest 2-4 only. It's easily something you could add later on and they can be a bit pricey. It also depends on the amount of growing room you have. They can easily out compete each other for available food sources. Just remember, the more you have, the more need to monitor your chemstry closer.

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