Red Mangrove Live Plant Propagules 8″ PLUS SINGLES Saltwater Aquarium Filtration
Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), characterized by their spider-like “prop roots” that stand out of the water, are very popular among aquarists for several reasons. Simple, Varied Planting Options Red Mangroves arrive as approx 6-12″ + which quickly take root in sand or mud. They’re also perfectly happy growing in gravel, live rock or water with no substrate at all. Just make sure that leaves are above the water, and the root system stays moist. Tolerance to Several Degrees of Salinity Red Mangroves can thrive in fresh, brackish, or full seawater (although they cannot be moved freely between water of varying salinity). This adaptability is possible because the plant conserves fresh water by excreting salt through its leaves. Affinity for Bright Light and Warmth Red Mangroves thrive under correct lighting, or even placement next to a large, bright window. They also require temperature above 60°F (which is typical of most indoor home aquariums). Red Mangroves may even be planted in outdoor ponds, provided they are not exposed to nearfreezing temperatures. Interesting Facts:Family:Rhizophoraceae.Origin:Intertidal Waters of Tropical Oceans.Tank Setup:Brackish to full Seawater. Sand or mud substrate. Leaves must be above water.Tank Conditions:72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; KH 8-12Care Level:Easy.Reproduction:Seeds or a Propagule.Tips:Keep aquarium water at 72-78°F, with a pH of 8.1-8.4, and dKH of 8-12.Remove fallen leaves before they can decay and raise nutrient levels.Red Mangroves can grow substantial root systems, and become very tall. Choose a large aquarium or pot to prevent stress from frequent replanting.Trim the plant’s growth tip to prevent excessive height, and avoid aquariums with tops or canopies.Mist Mangroves with purified water or wipe excess salt from the leaves with water daily.Regularly add trace elements and an iron supplement.
- Remove the plants from the shipping material. The temperature of this tropical plant should not drop below 40 degrees.
- Spray foliage once a day with mist bottle of fresh purified water.
- Our Mangroves are cultivated in SG 1.021-1.024 so acclimation to your saltwater tank should not be a problem
- Lighting any 40w grow light 14″-18″ away with a common daylight UV spectrum 8hrs/day.
- Only prune once plant becomes forked with multiple branches even then do go crazy as the leaves are your nutrient export.
- Remove any leaves that fall into your tank.
- Feed your plants raw overflow water from tank along with trace elements and iron supplement.
- If they begin dropping leaves, then they are not getting rinsed often enough as Mangroves dispose of salt through their leaves.