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    Mangroves question

    I was wondering if it's worth getting a Mangrove plant for my 24G FOWLR. Is it hard to keep? And where could I find one?

    Thanks!

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    good question! i also am thinking of getting some pods for my sump. from what i have read, it takes a lot of mangroves to be beneficial for nutrient reduction. best to use macro algaes. but i think it would be great to have the mangroves--good challenge. :b2:

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    I had over 200 pods in my old setup ( 400g with 250g sump ) and I loved it.
    But beware that mangroves require lots of magnesium.. and will have to be supplemented in order to keep them happy. but they do wonders when you have enough of them.
    just adding one on a 24g wont do anything if your thinking about filtration.
    if its just for asthetic reasons.. then 1-2 is just fine.. just dont expect any benefits unless you plan to get a ton of them.. like 1 for every 2gallons.

    they require some light.. more on the yellow side ( like the sun )

    hope this helps!

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Thanks Liv! I was thinking more on the "filtration side" of things... even thought they look really nice! But 200... hmm... maybe another time!! :P hihi Thanks a lot for your help.

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    i had 200 over ~400gallons of water total.. so over 24g.. with possibly 15gallons of water, 30-40 would be ideal if you wanted filtration.
    but be aware that cheato outperforms mangrove like 100x he he.
    mangroves are beautiful plants, but are not as efficient (fast) at filtering as other plants.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    I think Chaetomorpha it will be...! yay! But is Caulerpa as efficient as Chaeto? I read it can be pretty toxic...
    Do you know where I can find some? (chaeto)

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    our locals sponsors usually have it in stock or can order for a few bucks.

    I would stick with cheato as your learning and setting up. Cheato is strong and safe.. caulerpa on the other hand can be toxic if it tries to reproduce ( broken branches/trimming ) and on a smaller system like yours, all the more dangerous.
    I had 2 types in my old setup and liked it.. but found cheato to be the top performer for me.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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