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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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My 20h Riparium

Hello. I have been stalking the forums for a while, so I figured it was time to post a journal of my new riparium.

Standard 20h from a $1/gl sale.

Fresh tank by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Fresh tank by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Derimmed

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and I painted the background.

Painted background by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Painted background by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Bought some Riparium Supply equipment second hand on the forums!

Riparium supplies by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Pretty!

Shiny by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Started with the basic hardscape.

Hardscape by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Hardscape by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Hardscape by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Hardscape by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Hardscape by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Here is where I plan to add some Sagitteria sublata and a Lotus.

Hardscape by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

I am not sure what emmersed plants will be added. I have Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia repens x arctuata, and Sunset Hygro for rafts, and some unknown crypt plants already emmersed to use. I also was checking out my parents' garden and recognized a few plants from checking out everyone's builds. I am also not sure about what fish to add.

Suggestions on anything and everything are encouraged

~Jacob
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 02:26 AM
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You might find the driftwood distracts from the general riparium style. Time will tell!

Always cool to see new ripariums start. If I had (permission from the mrs for...) more tanks, i would would have a riparium again.
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Wow that looks great. Nice work de-rimming that tank!

Yeah that does look like a big piece of driftwood for that tank, but it might be different once you get the plants in there.

A 20H is a real nice shape for a riparium setup. You can get a sweet little collection of plants going in there.

Nice rocks.
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It's looking great so far. Beautiful cleanup job after the de-rimming. How high do you plan to have the water? I suggest stopping at least 4 inches from the top, so you don't have to worry about whether the glass will bow out from the water pressure. With a tank that tall, filling only about 40% full would look good and give you plenty of room for plants within the "box".

What light fixture is that? It looks good there.

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Good looking hardscape. If you think the wood is "distracting" maybe move it back a little. What are you plans flora and fauna wise?

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post #7 of 56 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 02:25 PM
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Everyone keeps talking about the drift wood but I love it. Imagine it as a vertical trellis for fine climbers or a viewing area for small fauna. Personally I have a bigger issue with the reddish flat rocks. The existing items are all in the same ranges of tans and grays when *pow* you have this splash of red, those rocks will draw the eye and when compared to the texture of the driftwood or the striation of color in the smaller stones, it just won't seem that interesting.

Now I could be wrong. If your future plans have the flat piece covered in mosses or other creeping plants then ignore everything I said and good luck
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following along! I want to see one of these go up step by step
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post #9 of 56 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all! Lets see, where to start...

The driftwood is hard to see in the picture, but it is from back to front, so the only way to move it would take up more horizontal space. The filter output is at the top and the wood is concave, so itll stream down. It is just what I wanted, but a little large, i agree. Hopefully itll work out they way my mind is picturing...

If you can see the tape on the edge in the pictures, that is where i was going to have the water line. It is 6" from the top, close the golden rule. But, I think I have changed my mind and will go 6-7" from the bottom, so there is less water, enhancing the waterfall. This will let me have taller plants, which is more what i want.

As for the rocks, I was assuming the planters will shade the slate, making it less obvious. Again, something that looks great in my mind, but who knows. haha

I think for plants, I am going to determine what I have available already and add to it. Time for some research to see what my mother's garden holds. I know I saw some in other riparium pictures, so I am hopeful.

Keep the comments coming, I have lots to learn!

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I'm still interested in that light fixture. What is it?

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1. awesome de-rim job
2. nice hardscape
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I'm still interested in that light fixture. What is it?
+1 and also how wide is the 20h? l want to get a new light for my 10g

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That light looks like a Hagen Glo. Is that right?
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Sorry, Hoppy. Hydrophyte is right, it is a 24" Hagen Glo double fixture. Very bright in the corner. haha

Thanks for all the comments on the derimming, glad I took the time obsessing with a razor and isopropyl alcohol.
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The underwater area is now planted


Planting by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Planting by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Partially filled by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Top view by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Top view by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Partially filled by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

Partially filled by Supracoracoideous, on Flickr

There is a lotus in the front left, two Crypt sp. to the right of that, and the rest is Sagittaria subulata. I will probably add Java moss to the wood where the water will flow.

I plan on filling to the top of the tape that you can see on the right side. It is 6" from the top of the base trim.
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