Brad’s mangrove tank is a mixed reef with LPS corals and gorgonian corals growing between a dreamy macro algae forest. The video Mangrove Tank November is a catchy one minute teaser of Brad’s mangrove tank, which instantly makes us want our own colorful algae paradise.
Brad’s mangrove tank has been evolving for two years — his current setup has been running for just over one year. The aquascape is a simple custom design using egg crate and live rocks to create a small cave and platform area to contain the mangroves.
Halemeda algae are used as ground cover mixed with blades of Caulerpa prolifera. Different red algae like Gracilaria and red grape kelp give contrast to the green algae, and purple ribbon and other gorgonians add color and height. The gentle flow creates a peaceful mesmerizing display, perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day.