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cypress and mangroves in aquariums
In a message dated 10/14/02 4:00:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
<< Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 07:39:15 -0600 (MDT)
From: Joshua L Wiegert <jlw at dune_net>
Subject: Re: Cypress and Mangroves
I'd like to try Cypress in one of my tanks. I've tried Mangroves ins
saltwater before, with mild luck. Usually, they put out a leaf or two,
and never do anything more. The leaf will drop off after a few weeks, and
they'll just stay ther e- not rotting, just not growing. WHen I've tried
them in FW, they just sink to the bottom after a week and rot. Has anyone
had success with them in FW?
I've good luck with both in freshwater actually growing both in the same
tank. Mangroves would have to be the easiest but bald cypress aren't much
harder and water tupelo trees will work well to as will pond apple. My best
success with cypress has come from digging up a small tree about 6" tall and
putting it in a clay pot. Make sure most of the plant is above the water. As
the plant gets taller it can be put into deeper water. the leaves and limbs
must always be kept out of the water. This can be accomplished by trimming
away limbs that are too low. Once you get the cypress tall enough to for the
leaves and limbs to clear the top of the aquarium it can be planted in the
aquarium substrate. I recommend about 1/2" of mushroom compost with about 4"
of builders sand on top of that. The roots of the cypress will take over the
substrate in short order and make a unique substrate. I like to use several
trees, if possible several different species of trees. The trees roots are
heavy feeders and they will keep the aquarium clean. Indoors I use 175 watt
metal halide lights for each 24" of tank. I like to keep the light about 18"
above the tops of the trees. If the tank is close to a window that gets good
sun it may be enough to support the trees.
One bad side is that it takes about two or three years to grow a cypress tree
to the right size for an aquarium so I usually do it outside in a pond. Water
tupelo and pond or bald cypress make a good display together. By trimming you
can shape the trees into any shape you want.