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Red Mangrove - Live Rhizophora Mangle - Algae Barn

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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.

Red Mangrove Species Information

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.

Maricultured Red Mangrove Propagules

Aquacultured red mangrove plants are highly preferable to wild-harvested specimens. For example, if cultivated in captivity, they are much better adapted to aquarium life. They are also less likely to carry pests. Even more, aquacultured specimens are better equipped to handle shipping stress. And, by buying captive-bred livestock, you support the aquaculture of marine organisms and help to make our hobby more sustainable! AlgaeBarn keeps red mangrove propagules in a plant-specific system to reduce risk of transfer of fish parasites and other unwanted hitchhikers.


  1. Free of Parasites
    All of AlgaeBarn`s macroalgaes are kept in their own closed system. They are cleaned, treated, quarantined, and inspected before they are sent to you. This ensures that no unwanted pests & parasites make it into your tank.
  2. Add Height and Texture
    Almost a tiny palm tree, these mangroves will grow roots and develop a network.
  3. Removes Excess Nutrients
    Red Mangroves grows slowly and cleans your tank by consuming excess Nitrates & Phosphates for easy nutrient export. Balance your nutrient levels and watch your in-tank ecosystem thrive!

Red Mangrove Specifications and Suggested Care:

Purchase Size:approximately 6 - 8 inches
Max Size:30 Feet
Species: Rhizophora mangle
Difficulty: Moderate
Reef Safe: Yes
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.

100% Alive-On-Arrival (AOA) Guarantee for Red Mangrove Propagules

  • AlgaeBarn guarantees that all red mangrove plants they sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should they arrive in any other state, they will either replace them free of charge (including shipping). They issue store credit if the total livestock loss is less than $40. For more information, please also visit their 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.

  • Manufacturer Info

    We think the best way to inspire people to protect our oceans is to help them observe, understand and learn from the magnificent creatures that inhabit them. That’s why at Algaebarn we produce premium aquacultured marine organisms that are sustainable and eco-friendly. By providing quality live foods backed by scientific research, we aspire to improve the general health and longevity of ornamental fish. One day we hope to see all marine aquariums filled entirely with aquacultured organisms, thus reducing our hobby’s impact on natural marine environments. The best way to make that vision a reality is to start with the building blocks of all marine ecosystems; Zooplankton and Phytoplankton. We grow all of our premium Copepods and Phytoplankton at the base of the Rocky Mountains in our state of the art 2,000sqft aquaculture facility. As hobbyists ourselves we understand the importance of knowing what goes into your aquarium. That’s why we run all of our water through a twelve stage RODI system before mixing in InstantOcean synthetic sea salt. There are no fish or copper parts anywhere in our facility so you never have to worry about introducing anything unwanted into your aquarium. We only sell premium live Copepods & nutritious Phytoplankton with no harmful chemicals or preservatives.

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