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Mangrove Forest: Brackish Riparium

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

  1. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi hydrophyte, love your journal (y) am going to try this style of set up . Only a mini one:) but from small acorns big oak trees may grow :D cheers roy
     

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's another new update. I'm trying to get some better pictures for a magazine article about this tank.

    The fish look washed out against that aragonite, but there are a few real pretty fish in there. I might try to make a little light box fish tank to get specimen photos.

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  3. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's one of the quick shots that I got last week. I really like the plants in here a lot, especially the Pandanus.

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    What are the water parameters?
     
  5. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi! This tank is on the lower end of brackish salinity with a SG of about 1.005. The water is usually around 75F.

    I'm attempting to get some specimen shots of the fish in this tank. I netted a couple of individuals and put them into a 5-gallon tank that I had painted white on the bottom and rear panel. I need to experiment some more. Here is a quick knock out of the male Cyprinodon variegatus pupfish.

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    Sometimes this guy colors up with beautiful turquoise blue, but most of the time he is just washed out like this. I need to try harder to get him while he is looking pretty.
     
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    GR1KTR Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Interesting fish! I saw that they prefer hyper-saline conditions in the wild. Is there any issue keeping him at SG 1.005?
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    This subspecies can live in regular freshwater or brackish, so this SG is just fine for them.

    Here is a quick specimen shot for the marsh killifish.

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    nick.scott Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Great tank choice. Not only a riparium but also brackish. Interesting. You don't see a lot of brackish tanks around here. I love the tank, I just wish you would add some grey stones along the bottom.

    I did a quick sketch. You don't have to do it, I just wanted to see what it would look like with stones.
     

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks so much! These mangrove plants are great choices for a brackish mangrove setup.

    Trust me, there is not any more room for any more stuff in this tank. You might not be able to see it, but the bases of those driftwood branches are covered with a hairy brown algae. Any stones in this setup would quickly just make an ugly brown mess.

    I have been working on getting specimen photos for the plants in this tank. Here is a quick shot of the larger Pandanus tectorius. I like this plant a lot. You can see that it has grown impressive prop roots reaching all around the riparium planter.

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    That is an impressive tank and plant set-up! You have pulled off a winner!!
     
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