|09-16-2011 12:56 AM|
|hydrophyte||Thanks Loni for reminding me about this one too. Yes I do have a few other ideas and I could make a few more entries.|
|09-16-2011 12:36 AM|
|londonloco||Subscribed? Will there be more?|
|04-09-2011 05:52 PM|
|hydrophyte||Yeah I got to be busy but I can try to continue with this thread some more.|
|04-09-2011 06:12 AM|
|im2smart4u||Do you think that you will finish this little educational post? I am interested in setting up a riparium and found this thread while searching for a list of good riparium plants. I found what you typed up so far very informative. Not many people posted here, but this thread does have over 1000 views, so people are reading it.|
|10-13-2010 04:33 AM|
Sorry still no new entry--these things take a while to write--but in the meantime here is a quick video for that 50-gallon featuring Acorus gramineus and other plants (and lots of fish and other stuff).
|09-30-2010 09:57 PM|
I hope to get another entry into this thread soon. In the meantime I post another FTS showing the kind of layout that you can get with the Acorus gramineus + other plants combination.
|09-25-2010 03:44 AM|
2. A layout with Spathiphyllum peace lilies, Pilea and other tropical forest plants
Spathiphyllum peace lilies: Peace lilies are a group of plants from tropical Central America and South America plants that are widely used as houseplants. The genus Spathiphyllum includes 40+ species, but most peace lilies used as houseplants are hybrids (crosses between two or more different species) are selected for large and long-lasting blooms. The peace lily flower is comprised of a large white spathe and other floral parts. Most peace lilies have attractive, if rather plain, dark green foliage of sturdy, oval leaves. Most or all of the wild species plants live in areas with moist to wet soil, so they are preadapted to riparium conditions. Some wild Spathiphyllum live right in swamps or along the edges of streams.
The picture here shows a slice of a riparium planting (just two plants) in a 20-gallon tank. The larger green background plant is a Spathiphyllum peace lily.
Peace lilies are especially useful in ripariums for developing most of the above water background area. Their dark green foliage is a neutral base against which plants of other colors are accented very well. They are overall quite hardy in riparium conditions and easy to adapt and establish in riparium planters. One could even argue that a riparium is a superior kind of way to enjoy peace lilies. When grown as houseplants in regular potting media peace lilies must be kept slightly moist at all times or they will quickly decline, but if kept too wet they can often develop root rot. I have observed no such trouble with peace lilies in ripariums, and my plants have been willing re-bloomers too. The abundant light, water and nutrients in a planted riparium encourages good growth and flowering.
The picture below shows the best method that I have found for planting peace lilies in riparium planters. Despite their origins as plants growing in areas with wet soil, most peace lilies seem to do best with good water diffusion (and presumably good aeration) around their roots. Thus, it is preferred to fill most of the planter cup with hydroton clay pebbles, which have sizable voids between their large round grains. The roots of this plant were first washed clean, then trimmed to about 1 1/2" inches long. Holding the plant in place with one hand, I filled around the roots with hydroton to about 3/4" from the top of the cup, then filled the rest of the way with a finer clay gravel. This clay gravel cap is important as it hides the rather unnatural looking hydroton from view and prevents it from floating out of the planter, secures the plant in place and provides some nutrients to the plant via its cation exchange capacity. Notice that I filled with the clay gravel all the way to the top of the planter in order to better obscure the plastic planter rim and maximize the space inside of the planter cup.
Peace lilies are generally easy find in any kind of store that sells houseplants or flowers and they are usually affordably priced. A pot with peace lilies can contain numerous divisions, so after washing away the existing potting media and pulling the individual plantlets apart you might have enough from a single purchase to plant up your whole riparium background. When shopping for peace lilies I would suggest careful comparison and selection of plants for their foliage characteristics. Some varieties can grow quite large (to >36" tall) while others stay much smaller. Semi-dwarf varieties that can work especially well for medium to small ripariums include 'Allison' and 'Petite'. A white-variegated cultivar, 'Domino', will contrast nicely if planted among other plain green peace lilies, as will the yellow-green 'Golden Glow', shown below.
I will cover additional points related to this layout type in one or two additional posts.
|09-25-2010 02:11 AM|
|hydrophyte||I should have #2 ready here in an hour or so.|
|09-24-2010 03:46 AM|
OK I hope to pretty put together the post about using Spathiphyllum and other tropical-looking plants. I'll list additional suggestions there.
For the above idea the best ones that I have tried are those Cyperus that I list and various stems, especially that Bacopa.. There are various others that you can add as accents, but those ones work the best for the foundation of the whole layout.
|09-23-2010 11:19 PM|
Re: Proven Riparium Plant Combinations
I love that u did this for people like me just starting too think of anew tank idea. If you could add more plants to help is pic more out this would be great
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|09-23-2010 10:50 PM|
Yeah he has cheeky remarks all over the place.
But I guess that the plant information is more or less factual.
|09-23-2010 10:36 PM|
|Da Plant Man||
|09-23-2010 06:52 PM|
Wow, I never knew Hygro's could flower.
Thanks a lot for recommending plantsarethestrangestpeople. That's a great site for info and entertainment.
|09-21-2010 05:41 PM|
A lot of these aquarium stem plants are pretty easy to bloom in a riparium. Here is the flower of Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis'.
This one flowers non-stop in my 50-gallon setup.
|09-19-2010 02:51 AM|
(continued) 1. A layout with Cyperus umbrella sedges and carpeting stem plants)
(continued) Carpeting emersed aquatic stem plants: To summarize what I have observed for potential carpeting emersed stems in a riparium I would just say that there are many possibilities. It seems that there are constantly new stem plant species and varieties becoming available in the hobby and most of them can be grown emersed. Of the ones that I have tried the Bacopa shown above has performed the best. It develops a strong root system in the planter cup and with some pruning and fertilization it quickly covers the riparium trellis rafts and planters with a dense carpet of foliage. I still don't know which species it is(?). It looks a lot like like Bacopa monnieri, but the leaves are a lighter green color and about twice as large. B. monnieri also works well as a carpeting stem, but this other NOID Bacopa grows about twice as fast.
There are a few additional specific plant selections that I should mention. I had very good luck with the Limnophila aromatica that I grew in a 50-gallon riparium layout. This plant was rather slow-growing as emersed foliage, but had such a nice effect.
It also bloomed for me.
In addition to Bacopa and Limnophila, other kinds of aquarium plants that you might try growing as carpeting emersed riparium stem include the following:
Some of these groups include sizable numbers of species and varieties. There are doubtless a number of other groups with selections that will work with this kind of riparium culture.
It 's not actually an emersed aquatic--it can't grow underwater--but Wedelia trilobata is another plant that I have grown rooted in a riparium hanging planter, and trained to grow across a trellis raft. In nature it inhabits wet areas such as swamps and riverbanks where it grows as a sprawling vine covering the moist ground. It will bloom in a riparium with these bright yellow sunflowers.
Wedelia trilobata is a large, coarse plant that should be planted in a roomy riparium. I had some going in a 120-gallon riparium some time ago.
A few additional cultural notes on growing emersed riparium stems come to mind. It is my impression that they are best grown in open-top ripariums with pretty good air circulation, rather than high-humidity setups. Once adapted to emersed growth most stem plants should grow well in moderate air humidities. I suspect that if grown in a high-humidity setup many stems would just become too leggy and flimsy to create a good effect. As mentioned earlier, carpeting riparium stems also need to have pretty bright light. If shaded too much from above they will just reach out into the tank midground and have a thin, spindly appearance. For this reason again they are excellent matches for Cyperus umbrella sedges because the open foliage of those plants allows plenty of light to penetrate.
Remember also the importance of pruning the growing tips of the plant stems. I try to prune stems when they grow to beyond about 1" from the edge of the trellis raft. This encourages stem branching and the development of a dense green carpet very similar to the kind of streamside vegetation often seen in the wild. The next picture shows some Bacopa stems shortly after planting. The leaves of this plant shoudl eventually form a dense carpet that will completely hide the trellis raft and hanging planter from view.
To wrap up this thread I include a shot here that shows some more of the variety of stem plants that can potentially grow in a riparium. I had these little arrangent growing in a 15-gallon riparium setup.
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