5 Red Mangrove Seed Pods
These are between 7-12 inches
Freshwater or Saltwater
Indoors or Out (depending on climate)
Mangroves can help lower nitrates and phosphates in the aquarium. If you are including mangroves in your aquarium as part of your filtering system, it is best to set up a separate mangrove filter. This can be a 10-20 gallon tank that is placed next to your aquarium and connected to its water circulation system. For small (10-30 gallon) aquariums, you will need to have approximately one plant for every gallon. If you have a larger aquarium (50-200 gallons), the attached mangrove filtering tank will need about 1 plant for every 2 gallons of water. The number of plants needed, of course, depends upon their size.
Mangroves do not need intense light. Light from a sunny window may be sufficient (do NOT place your aquarium in direct sunlight). A supplemental light source such as a fluorescent fixture with two or more grow bulbs with a light spectrum in the range of 6000°-8000°K (Kelvin rating of degrees), or the light from the side of a metal halide fixture can also be used. Allow at least 4 inches between the leaves and the light source to prevent heat injury.