Originally Posted by ZOOmanSPS
I have 6 in my refuge for a 55g.. I think they are helpful in filtering the water. They absorb phosphates nitrates through there roots and secrete the bad through there leaves. You need to wipe off or spray there leaves 2-3 times a week. I also use iron and magnese( spelling check) to supplement there high demand for those elements. Once adappted to your tank water and lighting they grow IMO quick. Lighting for me is CPF I have two in my display tank that are getting MH lighting and the ones in my sump that are getting CPF lighting grow faster. When there leaves turn brown pluck them off as u do not want them to fall in the tank. I use styrofoam with holes in it to support them up and keep the main stalk and leaves out of the water. About 2 inches of the stalk and roots are in the water. It's pretty cool to watch them grow u know your doing something right then. Any questions PM me GOOD LUCK
Thats kinda interesting that yours grow better under the CFL then the MH, I was under the impression they liked the higher light
How tall are the trees you have? Do you have any pics of your set-up for these?
Originally Posted by tankdude
I had them in my sump under my main display and they grew like weeds. They got so tall they over took the light they were under. Be aware that the leaves will fall off into your sump, and the roots will grow all through the sand and potentially into the seals of your sump which could cause a leak. Overall I liked having them, the main reason I got rid of them was they took up to much room in my sump.
How long did it take for them to "take over the light"? Quick growers? I'm not overly worried about them growing into my seals, since I am using a 100g rubbermaid that is open top so they have plenty of room to grow height wise as well
When the leaves fall off did u have any issues with that or were you able to catch them all before they caused any kind of problem.... obviously in the rubbermaid they may be harder to find (especially since I dont check it daily).
Originally Posted by rosebud161616
I posted some info on them in my nano contest thread in post #92. The link to my thread is: Rosebud161616's 15 gallon custom built nano
I have used them in the past and am using several in this nano. I use them because I think they are fun and I like the look. As far as nutrient export, they don't do much until they get massive. You would pretty much have to pack your fuge
full of them to do much good. For nutrient export you're better off using chaeto. But if you want something different and fun, mangroves are cool!
I think the guy I am looking at buying the mangroves from is the same one you got yours from, were you happy w/ his service and the mangroves... would u order from him again if you needed more??
I plan on ordering like 20 or so for my system if I decide to use them for sure.... mostly for the look but figured the extra nutrient export wouldnt hurt since I waaaaaaaaaaaay underskim
I think they would be kinda cool to try and watch grow.... do u test/ have to dose for anything as far as their consumption of nutrients (mag/iron like mentioned previously)?
Thanks guys/gals for the help and input so far