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Old 09-14-2009, 09:52 PM   #21
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How deep of a sandbed do you have? How much room do you need for them? 6/7 in one of those small chambers in your sump?
Yes, I have the seed pods with 2-4 leaves on each plant in one section of my "very thin" sump. I do not have them in sand or mud because I don't want them taking root in my tank. Matter of fact I give each one a turn at least once a week to prevent this from happening. The leaves are super green so I know that they are sucking out loads of nitrates. I do believe that as a nitrate remover mangroves are to slow and that cheato is better.

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Old 09-14-2009, 11:53 PM   #22
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Tunes...I live in Orlando..so not to far from the cocoa beach guy! WE should all maybe meet us or something and go rock gathering or something haha!
Lol, i have been looking for frag traders to do with. I have not yet gone to the saly side but i am getting there.

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Yes, I have the seed pods with 2-4 leaves on each plant in one section of my "very thin" sump. I do not have them in sand or mud because I don't want them taking root in my tank. Matter of fact I give each one a turn at least once a week to prevent this from happening. The leaves are super green so I know that they are sucking out loads of nitrates. I do believe that as a nitrate remover mangroves are to slow and that cheato is better.
I plan on dueing this as well and i plan on using chaeto at the same time.
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"I plan on dueing this as well and i plan on using chaeto at the same time." I do both also. I keep turning my mangove around because I read somewhere that the roots can compromise the seams of an AQ. So best not to take any chances. My nitrate level has been 0 so I must be doing something right....Thin sump and all...Hahaha
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:16 PM   #24
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I figure the more of a biological filters you have the better tank health you will have, that is why i support plants so much in FW tanks.
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I've had my mangrove in my sump since jan. 08 and to tell you the truth I believe that my DSB is the reason that my nitrates have been at (0). When it finally kicked in it blew my mind. The sandbed was bubbling up as if it was a can of soda that I just opened. Bubbles where everywhere. It was so funny because my Hermit crab would dislodge the nitrogen bubbles and it would get trapped in it's shell and the crab would start to float around the tank like a person with a parachute. Soooo funny
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Whats a DSB?
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What zero said.

But that is hilarious about the crabs.
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Yeah and TC how big of a tank do you have?
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DSB=Deep sandbed. It allows for anaerobic(without air)bacteria to grow and consume the NO3 changing it to nitrogen which bubbles out of the sand and into the air.
PS: I forgot. I have a 65g with a 24g sump that is part of the tank and is the back portion of the unit. It was designed to Prevent overflows.
Capt ahab always teases me about my thin sump.....:0
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Ohh nice. Whats the dimension of your 65g?
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