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Mangrove Forest: Brackish Riparium

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by hydrophyte, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I am starting this thread with this quick entry because I keep forgetting to get it going. This will remind me :113:

    Here is a quick picture with the tank (a 40 breeder) and the driftwood stumps that I want to use starting to soak.

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    ...more later...
     

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  2. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    brackish sounds salty :))
    Looking forward for this one to take shape
     
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    Any plans for fauna?
     
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    decided on the fishes?
     
  5. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I am going to add the aragonite sand today.

    I have a few pretty good livestock ideas, but I haven't settled with anything yet.
     
  6. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I got a new series of shots and I am backing up a bit. I'll have more soon.

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I am making slow and steady progress. I love the look of this white aragonite sand.

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    ...still workin' on that.

    I am inclined to use the orange chromide cichlids.
     
  9. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here it is with the manzanita stumps that I plan to use.

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    The two biggest stumps are still absorbing water, so I had to use a couple of rocks to hold them down in the meantime. I will rearrange them some more to find a good scape.
     
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    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    Good article.

    So the mangrove seeds, how long to they take to germinate? Also, what temperature can they be kept at?
     
  12. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I hope to work on this project some more tomorrow or maybe even tonight in the middle of the night.

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  13. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is another really great mangrove that I plan to use in the tank, white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa). I currently have it going in my 11-4G riparium setup but it is growing fast and getting too big for that tank. It has these great paddle-shaped rubbery leaves.

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  14. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's another view of that same white mangrove. I wish I had more of them. I started out with quite a few of the little propagules about a year-and-a-half ago, but I gave them away/sold them all.

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    This is a really cool plant. When I grow it in the brackish tank it will be important to remember to rinse the salt from the leaves every couple of days. Even growing in the freshwater setup it has salt accumulation on the leaves from the little bit of salt in our tapwater and the ferts that I add. You can see the salt as the little bit of glistening on the leaves.
     
  15. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I keep running into new unusual strange plants that are possible candidates for this setup.

    I was just reminded about an especially weird tropical aroid that grows in swampy riverbank forests in South America, Montrichardia arborescens. It grows into a weird small tree and forms dense stands in the water. Just look at these image search results...

    Google: Montricharida arborescens

    Sometimes it is hard to find commerical sources for odd tropicals in the US, even though nurseries in Australia and Indonesia and places like that have them, but there is apparently this place in Florida that has this plant...

    MONTRICHARDIA ARBORESCENS - MOCOU MOCOU.

    I gotta get this plant and try it out in this tank. Supposedly it can grow in brackish water too. It will eventually get way too big, but I should be able to manage it for a while and maybe prune it back.

    Here is a Wikimedia Commons (Montrichardia arborescens - Wikimedia Commons) image of W. arborescens showing the foliage and spathe...

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  16. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I have an update. I got a bunch of plants into this tank and it is looking pretty good.

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    These are suposedly all mangrove swamp-associated plants and they should be able to grow in bracksih water.

    I am working on fish. I have a ocuple of ideas but have not bought any yet.
     
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    scats would be nice but they might grow a little large, archer fish would probably jump out. some colorful mollies?
     
  18. hydrophyte

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    I might end up adding some wild-type sailfin mollies if I can find some good ones. I am definitely going to use a small group of Etroplus orange chromides.

    Hey here's another shot with a different view. The plants look pretty thick from this angle...

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    I don't really have any intellectual input, so can we have some more pictures please? :)
     
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