One of my favorite landscapes in S. Louisiana are those surrounding the Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans (L.)). Here in LA, these trees do not attain their true genetic potential, in height (up to 25' tall), because they are growing at the northern most reaches of their range. As a result, the trees are usually stunted and shrubby (up to 10' tall) with multi-trunks. The Black Mangrove lacks prop roots like other mangrove species, however it has very interesting pneumatophores. It is my desire to have one of these beauties as the centerpiece in my future aquascape. I have an extra 75 gallon AGA (48" x 18" x 20") that I purchased from a flooded pet shop shortly after Hurricane Katrina. I am going to use this aquarium to house the Black Mangrove. I have the option of making this a brackish or freshwater system, and I have not decided which way I want to go. I am torn between making this a replica of a brackish swamp which limits the variety of companion plants I can grow or staying on the fresh water side which gives me a wider variety of plants to choose from. I am going to build the aquarium stand out of Pecky Cypress scraps I salvaged from the neighbor's trash. The scraps are end of boards at most two feet in length and 16" wide. Since the Black Mangrove will grow out of the water and the aquarium, I was thinking of making the aquarium stand 18" tall. So that is mostly viewed from above. This would place the top of the aquarium at about three feet in height. For lighting, I am planning on using a 450 W metal halide pendant suspended above the aquarium. I have not decide what to use as a substrate. I can either mix up an artificial substrate or use some of the natural substrate found in the mangrove swamp. Well, I'm running out of steam tonight and will continue this at a later date. Feel free to give me some input, as none of this is set in stone.