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post #1 of 14 Old 08-17-2011, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Mangrove roots for sale?

I have a 150 gallon tank and I want to make it a brackish mangrove set up! The thing is, I want to have large curved mangrove roots in the tank and I can't find a place that sells them for the life of me. I don't want to purchase mangrove propagules and grow my own, because from what I understand it can take years. Does anyone know of any place you can get mangrove roots?

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Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-19-2011, 03:34 PM
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I think you are going to have a serious problem finding them - as you already noted! In the US, mangroves are protected by law, at least in Florida!
FACTS ABOUT MANGROVES IN FLORIDA: Southwest District of the Dept. of Environmental Protection
The best option, cost and ecologically, is to purchase some of the available mangrove seedlings and grow your own (very slowly...).

You can always purchase the resin fake mangrove roots and fill in with live. Remove the fake root ornament(s) as the live tree roots develop. Grow extras you can sell to other folks!

In Florida, you need a permit to even trim the trees, depending on a variety of factors.

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I think you are going to have a serious problem finding them - as you already noted! In the US, mangroves are protected by law, at least in Florida!
FACTS ABOUT MANGROVES IN FLORIDA: Southwest District of the Dept. of Environmental Protection
The best option, cost and ecologically, is to purchase some of the available mangrove seedlings and grow your own (very slowly...).

You can always purchase the resin fake mangrove roots and fill in with live. Remove the fake root ornament(s) as the live tree roots develop. Grow extras you can sell to other folks!

In Florida, you need a permit to even trim the trees, depending on a variety of factors.
Ahhh dangit! I knew it was illegal to cut them in Florida, but I had no idea it was illegal to even trim them! I hate fake stuff in my tanks because it never looks nice to me, and growing them to the size I want would take YEARS. I think my dream of a natural looking brackish mangrove is never going to come true... ='(

You wouldn't happen to know of any other woods that would grow similarly that I could substitute for natural looking mangrove roots, would you?

55 gallon
Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-19-2011, 04:58 PM
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drfostersandsmith.com has some decent replicas-
Reptile Terrarium Decorations and Ornaments: Hagen Marina Mangrove Root Reptile Décor
Yes, aquarium safe.

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drfostersandsmith.com has some decent replicas-
Reptile Terrarium Decorations and Ornaments: Hagen Marina Mangrove Root Reptile Décor
Yes, aquarium safe.
Although they do look nice, that's not what I'm looking for. Here's an example of what I want, on a much smaller scale of course:

http://coastcaribbeanimages.com/phot.../disp_9093.jpg

I don't think I'm ever going to find anything like it...

55 gallon
Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-19-2011, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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I just thought of something...does anyone know of a way to make my own mangrove roots? I don't like having fake stuff in the tank, but if I can't find these real roots, then I really have no choice, and I might as well make them the way I want to!

55 gallon
Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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I just thought of something...does anyone know of a way to make my own mangrove roots?
I'm sure you can, but I don't know how to do it so it would look natural!

Check this one out, you could use this one - just cut off the silly-looking base. Combine a few of them together, and it's close to what you want:
http://www.amazon.com/Mangrove-Root-Ocean-Star-International/dp/B004GWWQRS

Here is a place in the UK with some interesting pieces in different sizes:
Wharf Aquatics: Aquarium Decor, Algarde Tree & Mangrove Roots
I'm sure they'll ship, bit it might cost a lot. I ordered some automatic feeders from Germany and the shipping was actually not too bad.

Good luck!
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-24-2011, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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That's actually really close to what I want, but that's so expensive!!! I might have no choice though... Thanks for the help!!!

55 gallon
Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-24-2011, 08:08 PM
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The cheaper option is to make it yourself with driftwood/bogwood branches. Im in the process of making a tank similar to what you want and i got my idea from this thread only with a lot more branches fanning down into the tank.
My New Asian Mangrove Brackish tank!!

*edit* instead of using the yellow foam im going to use the black foam used for ponds and rockery, that way if the concrete cracks or crumbles it wont look as bad and hopefully will just look like shadows.

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post #10 of 14 Old 08-25-2011, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my gosh that is great!!! That is almost exactly what I want, except with more branches, just like you want! It seems like we have similar plans! Thanks for giving me the idea! =D

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Paracheirodon innesi - neon tetras
Pantodon buchholzi - African butterfly fish
Hoplosternum littorale - hoplo catfish
Erpetoichtys calabaricus - ropefish
??? - spiny eel
Bunocephalus cf. coracoideus - banjo catfish

Pomacea bridgesii - apple snail
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