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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon betta riparium build-picture heavy

I was recently one of the recipients of hydrophyte's riparium RAOK. I have been anxious to put one of these together.

The tank- I had a ten gallon lying around and thought the riparium was a perfect chance to test the de-rimming.

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I used a hobby saw and flat head screwdriver. I sawed the corners and then just pushed up on the silicone as I worked my way around.

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And two pod casts later:

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So now on to the plants. Devin offered to add on some extra plants, planting media, and planters, for a good price. In the end the packages got mixed up and I got someone else's package.

The plants:

Spathiphyllum, Zephyranthes, Ruellia, Asclepias, and Lysimachia




I may have gotten excited and forgotten to take pictures of the planters, and planting media.

I also wanted to include some houseplants I had but I didn't have room in the planters. I went to the dollar store and got some bathroom toothbrush holders. They didn't fit quite right, so I had to heat and then saw off the plastic ends.

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I ran out of special planting stuff so I used Floramax (I think).

First day:



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After a week:
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I am dosing low light EI and Excel for the plants in the tank (anubias, java ferns, and hygro).

The fish: Lonely male betta. I would love to get some corydora for him to harass
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Suggestions are appreciated.

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That looks good so far. That's a nice little de-rimmed tank.

The black background will help to hide the riparium planters.

Just give them some time and those riparium plants should start to perk up. You might find that elephant ear plant to not grow very well long-term.
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I recommend some bloodleaf iresene and/or tradescantia to add some red or purple.
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Thanks! I love the suggestions. I took out the elephant ear, though now it leaves an empty corner. The bloodleaf iresene looks amazing is it a riparium plant? I have a tradescantia there the wandering jew in the right corner, there are so many plants in that family though. Wasn't here a specific T. You were thinking of?

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Thanks! I love the suggestions. I took out the elephant ear, though now it leaves an empty corner. The bloodleaf iresene looks amazing is it a riparium plant? I have a tradescantia there the wandering jew in the right corner, there are so many plants in that family though. Wasn't here a specific T. You were thinking of?

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I'm in love! That looks great AirstoND!
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Pardon my ignorance but i thought the rim was necessary to keep the tank together. I assumed rimless tanks cost more due to costlier and a stronger silicone so rims were not needed.
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Pardon my ignorance but i thought the rim was necessary to keep the tank together. I assumed rimless tanks cost more due to costlier and a stronger silicone so rims were not needed.
10 gallon and less tanks are fine without the rim. Ive seen people even derim 20 gallons. I have in the past have had 2 derimed 10 gallons without a problem.
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Thank you for information.
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