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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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    Well I will work on this some more tomorrow. I am still trying to find some good fish. Tomorrow I want to get it tidied up for some better pictures.
     

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    I have seen what looked looked like large Archer fish in the wild they were all close to a very heavy over hanging muddy bank looking for food.

    If they got too close they got caught caught in the strong current and went over the small weir, where the big Barra were waiting and if the Barra were not careful they in turn become a snack for the huge Crocks just down the river a little.

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  3. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like sharp gnashing teeth at every trophic level...yikes!!
     
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    i like it, like really mangrove forest
     
  5. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks arvant!

    I finally got back to work on this thing. I moved to whole planting into this 65G and I think I like this better...

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's another view of that foliage. I have some of my best plans in here...

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a couple shots of the black mangrove pneumatophores kicking around here. I moved this tree from the 65 into my 50G for better picture-taking. Here you can better see those fibrous roots that started growing from them.

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    They make a neat effect from the top too.

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    i must admit, i do love brackish setups, and have had a few over the years...
    it is a shame more people dont embrace this unique setup.
    i find the fish available for brackish tanks have a lot more personality than most freshwater fish... just me personal experience anyway,
    cant wait to see more posts.
     
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    Just last night I finished building the stand for this tank. I hope to get it all set up tonight...it will be a late evening.
     
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    Finally after all this time I have a new photo update.

    This tank was semi-neglected for a long time, but I fixed it up and now it looks better.

    This shot shows the foliage pretty well. There are six different mangrove species (four trees and two herbaceous plants) in there.

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here are a couple more quick pictures.

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    Here is foliage on the new Rhizophora mangle.

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    Love it. Really nice


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    This is really cool. Here are the stilt roots on the Pandanus tectorius. This is my favorite plant in here.

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm trying to get this tank into better shape. The plants are looking good, but it needs more fish.

    I have been watching AquBid for more native US killis because there is a seller there who catches them in Florida. They include some really cool little fish. There is currently an auction for Lucania goodei. This is an especially pretty fish that resembles white cloud mountain minnows. It's funny it's not a popular aquarium fish--people just don't appreciate native US fish.

    I am trying to figure out the habitat preferences of L. goodei. I have run into some sources that cite it as using brackish habitats, but most describe instead clear freshwater streams as preferred habitats.

    Look at this Creative Commons (http://eol.org/data_objects/17428292) picture of L. goodei.

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    I'm back to work on this think. I hope to tear it all down and set it up again tomorrow to start getting it into better shape.

    I am putting the tank on a better stand of this design...

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    I took this setup apart, cleaned everything and then put it all back together. Here's the tank empty again.

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    Here's a quick shot with substrate, water and plants. The airstone was temporary. I was using all-new water and I wanted to pH-balance and mix in the salt faster.

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    The view from above...

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    I got a quick snapshot to show the fish selection in here. You can see the Poecilia latipinna, Fundulus confluentus and Cyprinodon variegatus. The Jordanella floridae are shy and they hide whenever I go near the tank.

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    I really like these C. variegatus.

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    Here's a quick update for this tank. The plants are looking good.

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