The red mangrove adds a unique touch to any saltwater, freshwater or brackish aquarium/refugium. Provided with intense illumination and some growing space, this plant is quite undemanding.
The red mangrove is a slow grower so only takes in nutrients at a modest pace, however, as it grows out it is valued for its ornamental attractive appearance.
Rhizophora mangle is distributed widely across the tropical and subtropical regions. It prefers fairly well protected, brackish environments such as estuaries and salt marshes. Assemblages of mangrove trees, called mangals, are extremely important both for holding sediments in coastal environments and for sheltering innumerable fish and invertebrate species. Rhizophora mangle can grow either on or in nearly any sort of substrate. As its root system develops, it enriches the refugium habitat. This plant tolerates poor water quality and weak water movement. However, it is adapted to living in full tropical sunlight and so requires powerful artificial lighting when kept indoors. Some natural sunlight (as through a window daily) will greatly benefit this beautiful and unusual plant.
Red Mangrove Specifications and Suggested Care:
|Purchase Size:||approximately 6 - 8 inches|
|Max Size:||30 Feet|
|Minimum Lighting Requirements:||60 watt bulb 5,000K or higher spectrum,
8 hour photoperiod per day
|Water Parameters:||78-83° F, dKH 8-12,
pH 7.0-8.4, sg 1.000-1.024
|Supplements:||There are normally enough nutrients/minerals in the aquarium water to support
this species. However, the regular replenishment of trace elements may boost growth.
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