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post #32 of 174 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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but now we need a pic of how you bent it.
and how long has it been in that planter? there is already a lot of root growth.
Here is a shot after bending. After putting the tree in the tank I sharpened some of these angles a bit more.



You can see the new, white roots in the planter. I was very pleased to see good root development so soon after transplanting. This is a sign of a healthy plant.
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Riparium Bonsai

I wonder if this would work with a Japanese maple
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I wonder if this would work with a Japanese maple

I am certain that this would not work with a Japanese maple. The Montezuma cypress is a true wetland/swamp/riparian plant adapted to live with its root in wet substrate, whereas Japanese maple is an upland forest plant. The roots of Japanese maple would just quickly drown and die if you put them in a riparium planter. Furthermore, Japanese maple is a temperate zone plant and it really needs to have a cool winter dormancy period and it thus not suitable for growing indoors. Montezuma cypress is a subtropical plant and it might be able to live year-round inside.
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post #35 of 174 (permalink) Old 04-21-2013, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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I got the tank all put together. Now I just need to clear some room to set it up. I'll try to get more pictures pretty soon.
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Could you share/post some water parameters? CO2? Light/levels?
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post #37 of 174 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Could you share/post some water parameters? CO2? Light/levels?
Riparium plants are generally undemanding. We have pretty hard water here with pH around 8.0. Riparium plants don't need any extra CO2. I am going to set up this tank provisionally under a single HO T5 strip, then upgrade later on to a couple of PAR38 LEDs.
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Since this tree seems to be establishing fine I decided to just go ahead and wire it. I was getting tired of seeing its awkward shape.

Here it it wrapped with wire before I started to bend it. You can see that it is just straight and sticky.


Hey Hydrophyte looks great. Quick question, what kind of soil are you using on this guy? It doesn't look like your standard pellets
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Hey Hydrophyte looks great. Quick question, what kind of soil are you using on this guy? It doesn't look like your standard pellets
That is just the regular clay gravel.
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Fantastic as always. Can't wait to see it once it's added to the tank.

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Just recently I saw a bonsai weeping willow tree. Could you use one of those in a setup like that since from what I understand are water lovers. I know as a kid we had one bust our water pipes with it's roots.

It's something I know literally nothing about but have always been interested in.
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Just recently I saw a bonsai weeping willow tree. Could you use one of those in a setup like that since from what I understand are water lovers. I know as a kid we had one bust our water pipes with it's roots.

It's something I know literally nothing about but have always been interested in.
Willows are also northern temperate trees and I imagine that they require a cold winter dormancy and they probably would not do very well indoors.

There are a few other tropical/subtropical swamp trees that I am testing for growing as bonsai or that I hope to get pretty soon. Here is a quick list...
  • Swamp Bay (Persea palustris)
  • Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus)
  • Sesbania bispinosa
I also hope to try out some Ficus figs.

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I'm back to setting up the tank today! The silicone has had a full week to cure, so it should be strong.
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Here's a quick shot to show the tank construction. The glass is 1/4" plate and I sealed the seams with GE Type I silicone. After bonding the five glass panels and letting the silicone cure for a couple of days I scraped excess silicone from the inside corners, then masked for 1/8" seams all the way around. This is the easiest way to get nice and straight seams. I gave the completed tank a full week to cure before adding water today.

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I'm setting up the tank in a provisional way on a bench top in the basement shop.

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