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Raimond 01-30-2008 10:43 PM

Does anyone use Mangroves to help reduce nitrates?

I added 10 to my sump on Saturday and tonight my nitrates are at 10, the lowest they have ever been.

herefishy 01-31-2008 01:42 AM

No but I've heard of people making the claim. Let me do some research in some of my old magazines and we'll see, together, what the consensus is. I know that I use elodea to do much the same as well as soften the water a little.

bettababy 01-31-2008 02:00 AM

We added mangroves to our tidepool at the store, and it made a big difference. Ours get light a good part of the day, direct for at least 3 - 4 hrs. They grow slow, but not quite as slow as we were expecting. In the 5 yrs they've been there now, they are about 4+ ft tall each, and still growing. They were started as about 6 - 8 inch saplings.

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