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Something Old and Something New-5 gal Riparium & 2.5 Metaframe~updates 7-14

Since the 5 gallon is presently leaking, I am using a regular 5 gal. It was supposed to be two metaframes. I am looking into repairing the five gal. Here is what I have so far.
Just added the sand yesterday, so they are still a little cloudy.





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the lamp should be here today, and more plants and the fish next week

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Love your ornaments. Especially mermaid.

Layout looks good. Where's the bettas?
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Thank you. I had a bidding war to get that mermaid.I liked this one because most of the color is faded off.
The bettas are arriving one I believe tomorrow, and the other Monday at two different transhippers{Jennifer & Linda} So if all goes well they should be here next week. I have more plants coming as well. I just picked up some P. erectus, not sure if that will work with this light, but we will see. So far I have it in a bowl and I am not liking how much it sheds! And my lamp arrived before I left for the store. I am going to go now and take it out of the box. I hope it works like my plans.
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That's looking good Carole!

That little Metaframe is super cute. I like the mermaid too.

It looks like you planted the Ruellia in a trellis raft. That plant is best planted in a hanging planter.

You can see what that begonia does, but that is not a true wetland/swamp plant and I imagine it won't root very well in the riparium planter.

I look forward to seeing those fish. Do you still have your goldfish? I have been wondering about doing a shallow and broad riparium setup for one or two goldfish.

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Thanks Devin, Yeah I am thinking the begonia has to go. It's just so funny that is has been living in a plain old glass of water for over a year on my kitchen window. But, now that it's in wet soil, it may just rot and die. I think I will pull it out. I am going to take some new pics. I just set up my lamp. Thanks for the ruellia tip, maybe I am confused which one that is? You may be thinking it is in the trellis because it is draping over it? The ruellia has those long pointed leaves with the pinkish vein correct?
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This is the ruellia, right?


and what is this called?


see my new leaves on the hypoestes?
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That's a big difference. The new light is much better.

I'm interested to see how your riparium plants fill in. Looks like a nice variety in the tanks.
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Thank you NY!
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This is the ruellia, right?

Carole that plant is actually the willow hygro. You can grow that one either on the trellis raft or in a planter. It is sort of spindly, so it works best either way with numerous stems.
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That one is the Ruellia. That plant is best planted in a planter.

I'll get back tomorrow with tips for re-sealing that other Metaframe.
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Oh, duh! No wonder they are looking a little dry.I will plant them today. Thanks! I think I may have fixed the Metaframe! I put hot water in it, then refilled it with hot again, then chilled it with cool water. It is full and sitting on newspaper on the kitchen floor, so far no leaks!! I will still take your tips though, just in case.
I was informed yesterday that both of my fish will be delayed until the end of the month. It's ok though because it gives me more time to settle the tanks.
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Oh and I bought the cool white bulb you suggested. It's very bright! Algae stay away!!
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Fixed the five gallon and set it up!
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Woohoo! NASA we have launched!
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