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  1. @banasophia recommended I should create a journal on here. So… here we go! 😊 Hello! My name is Tyler (aka inland_reef). The ‘Tale of Three Tanks’ began with the purchase of a used 28 gallon Nanocube on April 9, 2018 (Just rounded out the 1 year mark!). Like everyone else on this forum, I got addicted to saltwater aquariums 😂 This journal will talk about the evolution of my tanks, their setup specs and my ideas for future plans. While you're here, enjoy some eye candy of my current setups below. Ill try to make this a picture heavy journal, but you can see more pictures of my tanks on my Instagram page @inland_reef . I post daily updates there.
  2. Hello, I have been interested in growing a mangrove in an aquarium, specially after seeing this, this and this. So, a couple months ago I got myself a decent size mangrove to attempt to, eventually, incorporate into an aquarium. In the meantime, I have been interested in determining if it is possible to induce the growth of prop roots on mangroves. I found this paper describing how branching of prop roots happen after the tip gets damaged or injured. It also mentions how "lateral roots can be induced in the arches by cutting into them." I was wondering if anyone has attempted anything to try to induce prop root growth or has found any further research on it. I would think common air-layering methods might work on something like this. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  3. Hello. This thread is not directly related to reefing but this forum is a place of inspiration for this project. I am putting together this thread to catalog my experience with growing out Red Mangrove propagules. I purchased eight Red Mangrove propagules from a fellow in Mississauga, Ontario on 2018-02-10 for $30. It was a pretty good deal considering stores want easily $15 to $20 each. My long term goal is to eventually use some of these in an aquarium. I was thinking a planted tank design either freshwater or saltwater. I really like the idea of a macro tank with an angler in it. 2018-02-16: At this point, I was just keeping the roots covered. I have a small circulation pump which I am using to heat the water and provide some surface agitation for gas exchange. I have them in a 2 gallon bucket from Home Depot and am using water from my reef tank. I am misting the propagules twice a day with RODI water from the sprayer in this photo. 2018-02-20: I had seen some people try and use pool noodles to stabilize the propagules whilst floating them in a bucket or tank. This only works if you can get your centre of gravity properly setup. I started with the elastic bands shown below but eventually moved to zip ties to keep the pool noodle friction fit to the propagules. 2018-03-03: I had been reading about how Red Mangroves are really only salt tolerant and that they grow slower in saltwater because they have to process the sodium in the water and how this process takes energy away from growing. I decided to take the propagule with the smallest root ball and plant it in humus based potting soil saturated with aged freshwater. I figured that there is likely no need to acclimate going from saltwater to freshwater so I did nothing to acclimate the plant to this mixture. I included some slow release fertilizer in the soil and used a clear orchid pot in hopes to be able to inspect root growth. My plan is to always keep the soil saturated with water. I have a number of succulents which I feed using a liquid fertilizer called Dyna-Gro Foliage-Pro (9-3-6). For the succulents, I mix it to a quarter strength and water with it every third or fourth watering. I plan to try this fertilizer with the propagule in soil as well. It has N-P-K in a 3-1-2 ratio which is ideal for vegetative growth as well as trace elements and micronutrients. One pint makes around 768 gallons at a quarter strength so this bottle is likely a lifetime supply. 2018-03-03: In the first photo there is a propagule which already has it's first leaves. This photo is new root growth in the saltwater. At this point I am using tank water at 1.024 SG. 2018-03-07: I decided to add aeration to both the freshwater and saltwater growing chambers. Here is a photo of the soil pot with aeration; I don't really have a good example photograph of how I did it with the saltwater growing system right now but I will upload one later. My thinking on this is related to my experience with aeroponics. This isn't really the same thing as that is more splashing the roots with aerated water without submerging them. More to come.
  4. billerbong

    Jawfish Nuvo 30L Build

    I am a FL native and moved to Boston for school so naturally it made sense to start a FL tank I am a big fan of jawfish so decided to get this tank going for them -- initially I was going to do a pair of blue spots but decided against it as I can't keep them alive for more than a year. Here I go with pearlies!! I had a make shift lid for a few weeks while I waited for my artfully acrylics lid which just came and is great, I highly recommend them! I managed to get the feeding door to work for my mangrove. Here is the tank with my new lid Next up is cleaning off the shelves above it and re-arrange the wires. I have a novo 10 below and would love to connect them but can't decide if I want to risk using an HOB overflow -- thoughts? More pictures to come.
  5. Thunder Goose

    Mangrove Manor - a Femto tank

    That's right folks! A FEMTO tank. Smaller than a pico! Just for the bragging rights. I was cleaning out the lab and found an old TLC developing chamber. TLs is Thin Layer Chromatography. It's a technique used to separate (usually for identification) molecules in a solution. This chamber holds just about 1 gallon of water if it's full to the brim. I didn't have plans for it (just thought it was neat) until TB Saltwater sent me a free Mangrove. Well, I don't have a good, lighted, spot for one. So I sat it in a cup of brackish water to start rooting. It did so I set up some substrate in the TLC and placed the Mangrove in it. Well, one Mangrove does not a manor make so, since I was placing an order I ordered a few more. We'll see what happens. It's totally unheated. I might put some sturdy coral or a hermit crab (probably Dexter, who living in the sump after killing half my snails). It's an interesting experiment anyway.
  6. Waylon

    Using Mangroves in Pico

    I want to add a mangrove or two to my 5 gallon pico. I saw Julian Sprung do it in this video. I don't anticipate a problem with trimming the leaves. I am wondering about keeping the trunk of the plant down. Is it possible to trim the root of the tree or would I just have to replace the mangrove once it become a certain size? Any suggestions would be great. )
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