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These are plants, so green will not do much (just like corals), but red will (unlike corals). The ideal spectrum for them is the purple grow lights. I don't know anything about programming reef LEDs (never used anything but black box lights), but a reef LED is overkill for plants.

I grow mine under some generic cool white flood light bulbs that provide around 1000 PAR right at the bulb. Bulbs are 12" over the top of the mangroves.

I grew them just next to a window for a couple years, then added the lights. I noticed that their growth improved a bit with the addition of the lights, but it absolutely exploded after I started heavily supplementing iron.

Note that by "growth absolutely exploded" I mean like 2 leaves a month instead of 1 leaf every 2 months, these are not exactly what I would consider weeds.

I'm experimenting with 10-10-10 fertilizer to see if I can increase growth. The mangrove_manual.pdf that someone else linked in an earlier post is definitely excellent, and I'm going to start dosing manganese to see if that helps.

I am growing mine in freshwater, in a container without much else besides some frogbit growing around their roots.
 
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Hi everyone! So I spoke to Kessil today and I hope this helps out others who attempt a similar setup. They mentioned the existing programming was already a good start (I used what BRS suggests) but said by adding 10% Green that would help out the leaves a little bit. Closer to the White spectrum in color is helpful and 80 is good - again, since Kessils have underlying settings for their wavelengths...they'll still grow the plants just maybe not as good as something else would.

For mounting height - 12 inches off the leaves is great until the plants are flourising too much and then add 5% intensity for every 2 inches you'd need to raise. Since I'll be adding clams they just warned to keep the clams within the 24x24" box under the lights center. Once the plans start to shade out the light - add another light source is recommended from another angle so you don't get dead zones.
 

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Once the plans start to shade out the light - add another light source is recommended from another angle so you don't get dead zones
This is a fact -- the few public aquariums I've seen that have real mangroves (for example Atlanta in GA and Steinhart in San Francisco) both had great growth on the top of their mangroves but no leaves more than 2-3 feet from the lights because the top leaves would shade out the ones below. In an aquarium setting, I don't think I've seen these grown under anything but MH, although that makes sense given the spectrum they need.
 

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This is a fact -- the few public aquariums I've seen that have real mangroves (for example Atlanta in GA and Steinhart in San Francisco) both had great growth on the top of their mangroves but no leaves more than 2-3 feet from the lights because the top leaves would shade out the ones below. In an aquarium setting, I don't think I've seen these grown under anything but MH, although that makes sense given the spectrum they need.
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa has a huge Mangrove display that takes up the entire top floor. It is a glass dome that uses natural sunlight. If you are ever near Tampa it is definitely worth going too. That being said many hobbyist have had success growing them under a variety of lights. Full spectrum 6500k seems to be the popular choice.
 

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First I’ll start with the classics. Most of not all of these you will have seen before. They have been around, are beautiful, and have served as the poster children for mangrove displays. One thing that’s always been curious to me, is how most of them have NO fish in them! Even the ones that are very mature. I’d think a school of fish, or some clowns or something would go in with them. It’s the circle of life, the fish help the plant grow. Love to hear thoughts on that. But see below:

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@Julian Sprung mangrove tank:
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This unique display:
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This display at MACNA
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The Volcano Tank:
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@brad908 first go around with a mangrove display:
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This amazing nano:
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Equally awesome nano:
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Inspiring. I’ve been browsing the net for inspiration on red mangrove lagoon reef tanks for my new CADE 228g build.

Thank you for sharing.
 
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