Mangrove Plant Suppliers

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Itsme, 2 Jan 2008.

  1. Itsme

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    Anyone know where I could get some Mangrove Plants from for my sump. I believe they are an efficient method of removing nitrates, phosphates and other toxin from the water. Has anyone tried growing Mangroves in their sump and is it all it is cracked up to be?
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Not really, although they do aid in removing certain nasties from the water it is an extremely slow process with mangroves. Chaetomorpha is much more efficient at this.
     
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    Agreed, and I also believe you need a permit to have Mangroves.
     
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    You got any ideas on who stocks it in KZN?

    Looks like a good choice - where do I get my hands on some, can you buy it commercially? I see it grows quite easily and enjoys good lighting. I have caulerpa growing can I mix the two?
     
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    Rather get rid of the caulerpa, and go with just Cheato, viper should be able to help you with some to start
     
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    Seachem Purigen

    I have also been reading about Purigen as a filter agent for the removal of protiens, nitrites, nitrates and ammonia. Does this stuff get sold in SA or is the equivelant product that does the same?
     
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    kewl - I will give them a ring in the morning. They dont seem to have any info on their website :-(
     
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    I may be wrong, but as I understand it, it is illegal to remove Mangrove plants but the propagules/seeds can be collected, as long as it is not from a reserve!
    However as a nutrient removal tool, Mangroves are far less efficient than Caulerpa, Chaetomorpha and other algae. Caulerpa although an efficient remover of nutrients is becoming seen as a problematic species due to its toxins and the possibilities of it becoming invasive if released. It is on the list to be banned in the future.
    Chaetomorpha, or other species of algae would be better choices than either mangroves or caulerpa. Mangroves would be good choices if planning a paludarium with mudskippers and fiddler crabs, etc.
     
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    Thanks for clearing that up Steve:thumbup:
     
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    So how do I get some?

    Thanks for the advice on the Mangroves. I need to find some of these algae's. Where do I buy them from or do you guys know someone in Pietermaritzburg that might be willing to share a few plants with me to get me started?
     
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    I can give you some chaetomorpha.
     
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    yeah vipers Chaeto is all over the country,now also in Mozambique
     
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    Directions

    Hey Viper, can you send me some directions on how to find you. Whenever is convienient, I'm on leave so got time on my hands. Thanks a stack for the offer. appreciate it!! :slayer:
     
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    He has a bed in the StageCoach pub I believe:lol::lol:
     
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    Thanks Steve great to have you posting here on MASA.
     
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    Excellent - that means I can buy him a beer or 10 for the trouble. :thumbup: Nothing wrong with "The Coach"!
     
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    Can Chaetomorpha be introduced at anytime ?
     
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    Yip.
     
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    Thank you going get today, I suppose I will need a sump light. Any spec on what light ?
     
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