It might not be all that noticeable in the tank, especially with the tannis now, but the wood had a bit of work done after sawing in half. All the cut branches that would not be buried in black diamond were dremil-moto-tool-ground/smoothed down, torched, and sanded to give a more worn/weathered look instead of fresh cut fugly-ness. Husband helped a lot with that too ^^
No photos today but I'm trying to transition leftover creeping jenny and ludwigia from my 7g to the riparium set up (emersed), they're looking pretty crappy right now but hoping new growth will do better.
Looking AWESOME! That wood looks great. Your tank has inspeirted me to start a 20L riparium once I move!
How do you grow your terrarium plants? The tank I want to do the riparium in currently has a "living wall" on the back.. and I'm not sure if I can plant into it.
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Happy to hear my tank inspired someone else to try it, its quite fun ^^
My above water plants are either anchored in the Hang on Back filter, stuffed in foam (around the sides or in slits cut into foam), or in riparium planters using expanded clay media, and a few are on treliss rafts that attach to the planters (both gotten from pt member hydrophyt). Some people use gravel or specific "riparium media" but it seems to be the same as the non expensive stuff sooooo I just went with what I already had. People also use hang on planter boxes/baskets, or even shower baskets to plant in, it just needs some holes to let water in through. I've been told to use root tabs by someone (forget who) but never added any, plants seem to do fine sucking up nutrients from the water. You could also try a sandwich of gravel-soil-gravel in a planter/basket to plant in (like any substrate: have to keep soil capped so it doesn't make a mess or leech too much ammonia into the water) but have not tried this either.
By "living wall" do you mean live rocks (like lava rock) stacked/glued together? Is there a gap behind it for filtration/equipment? Is there water flow behind it? If its thick and has some good nooks and carnies you can try stuffing plant clippings in, see if they take root (keep leaves out of the water for terrestrial plants). I've used thin (low poundage) clear fishing line to tie off plants as they get too long so they don't go under water, the 'wandering jew' does not have a strong stem like the pothos so it sags as it grows.
Downside of the 20g long: I ran out of room for planters too fast (without the wood I could cram 2 more on the back wall). I wish I could get my hands on a longer tank that had the same height as the 20 long.
edit: added photo:
new growth on the dwarf taro! (also aluminum plant bud and lizards tail in the back)
And a frontal view of HOB outflow with creeping jenny stuffed in there