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10-13-2013 07:32 PM
Gooberfish
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Originally Posted by Centromochlus View Post
How can I get rid of white flies on my riparium tank?
Submerge your plants underwater in the tank overnight.
10-13-2013 07:06 PM
Centromochlus How can I get rid of white flies on my riparium tank?
10-13-2013 07:05 PM
Centromochlus How can I get rid of white flies on the plants of my riparium tank?
10-13-2013 07:46 AM
MGap Bubba is really cool, Gooberfish. He knows me now and will come to wherever I am (by the tank) for food, ignoring anyone else. Its pretty awesome.

Since i put him in this tank, he has grown over 4 inches, currently measuring about 9 inches long and about 3 inches wide at his thickest. I really don't want him to grow anymore, he's already huge and I already feel bad because the tank, at 12 inches deep, is almost as long as he is.

At any rate, I've got my eye on a 56 gal column at petsmart, which I didn't even know existed, but its a good size, and 18 inches deep. Just gotta wait for my elevator to get fixed and it's mine.
10-13-2013 07:38 AM
Gooberfish Glad to see things are still going strong MGap. King Bubba is a cool fish.

For the rafts in a high humidity setup, go with some java ferns. Java Fern wendelov, or Lace Java Fern (same thing), looks pretty good. Also anubias barteri. They take a little while to grow, but will definitely show improvement in your next 9 month update
10-13-2013 07:25 AM
MGap
Long (like, really long) over due updates

Hello. its been a really long time since I updated this, and the only reason Im doing it is because I wanted to share some of what I have learned since I started this tank.

So, its been a little over a year exactly since I started this tank, and I honestly have what could be considered the simplest set up in the entire world.

Here are some Full tank shots:




as you can see, things are going well.

So here is why I wanted to post. If you look in the left side, you'll notice a vine growing up towards the top of the tank and another growing towards the middle. That's a single plant of your garden variety golden pothos. It wasn't doing so well in the pot that it had been living in so I figured, why not try to see if it could flourish in here.

Did it ever! it has grown so big it is growing out of the top of the tank.



As you can see, I've lost all my trellis raft plants, I dont know if it was the fish that ate them or what happened, but all the pileas and everything just sort of got sad and died.

Overall, here is what is in the tank from left to right in the first image:
Left side:
1. The original Anthurium that I put in the tank a year ago - It's never flowered of grown much, but it also hasn't died.
2. Ribbon plant - the kind that you get at petsmart in the tube
3. Golden pothos - from my plant

Right side:
4: Golden pothos - cutting from the left side of the plant. It did so well, I wanted to try to fill the other side.
5. Amazon sword - another petsmart tube. some leaves burn at the edges, but its over 6 months old and doing okay.
6. Spathiphyllum - the original that Hydrophite sent be over a year ago. Stll no flowers and still pretty small, but always new leaves.
7. Ribbon plant - another of the kind that you get at petsmart in the tube

There are about 60 gallons of water in the tank. 1 fluval U4 filter and 1 little airstone (I do weekly water changes because King Bubba is a filthy pig), and a basic automatic heater. No humidifier (this is Miami) and I basically add nothing to the water but prime. Water quality is tested and before every change and stays pretty lever.

I hope you guys can take away from this what I did: golden pothos loooooves the tank and moderate humidity (which by Miami standards is about 80% constantly). Anyways, After logging in and looking at my old photos, I want my trellis rafts back. Any suggestions?

ps.
King Bubba says hi.
01-10-2013 04:31 AM
crazydaz Nice goon' MGap! It looks great! I would suggest some Alternanthera for,your rafts. They add a nice red-purple color....that's probably my favorite plant! I guess Hydrophyte is going to be adding additional varieties of riparium plants in a few weeks, too. You should have ample selection to choose from soon!
01-04-2013 01:47 AM
hydrophyte Any more updates for this tank?
12-22-2012 10:18 PM
hydrophyte Hey that's looking great! I like the variety of plants that you put on the trellis raft.
12-19-2012 08:22 PM
MGap
Update Time

Its been a while since I updated but I have some new photos!

First, A FTS:

Things are growing very well, and after the last move-around, I've not touched it.


These Are the left side of the tank:




The Golden Pothos is really loving this emersed set up. I've used 2 tiny suction cup hooks to hold some longer pieces of the pothos out of the water, but roots have formed from almost every joint and grow into the tank.
The anthurium on this side is also doing very well, and the leaves are big and green and there are 2 new ones since planting it. Both the Anthurium and the Pothos are actually doing better inside the tank than their donor plants are doing outside.

The Right Side of the Tank:





This side is actually my favorite. The giant cluster of lungworth and pilea on the very end is actually a trellis raft attached to the spath. The spath is growing beautifully with lots of new leaves, but remains relatively small.

The little bamboo looking plant whose name escapes me is probably the fastest grower in the bunch. Its become much taller in the last few weeks.

For those of you looking, I did end up lose that Ruella despite the soaking. Everything else made it out okay, but the Ruella ultimately lost all its leaves and then turned super dark.
I also recently ordered flourish tabs and will be fertilizing everything once that arrives.

I may be reaching out to Hydrophyte sometime next year for a couple more hangers, since I have 2 unused rafts Id like to attach to something. but, Overall im pretty happy with this little project tank.
11-25-2012 08:52 PM
_FC Did you find Bacopa? I have a ton of it i plan to sell...
11-22-2012 05:01 AM
hydrophyte That looks like a nice planted layout!

One remedy that you might try if you suspect insect pests is to just flood everything so that all of the plants, including the ones on the trellis rafts, are underwater overnight. If you repeat that two or three times over the course of a couple of weeks you can usually kill off problem bugs.

Just keep an eye on that Ruellia plant. Maybe it was just stressed from shipping. Did you add any kind of fertilizer tab to the planter cup? That plant will grow and bloom best with extra root ferts.
11-19-2012 08:57 PM
MGap
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This looks to me like mite damage. Do you have magnifying glass around that you can use for a closer inspection? I try to keep all fo the plants that I produce clean and bug-free, but using regular houseplants in a riparium can often introduce trouble.
I looked through them and don't really see any mites. Having said that this is the only plant that is showing any signs of stress, so I dont really think it came with the mites, I think if anything they came from the water lettuce that the fish eventually ate up.

how do I treat it for mites anyways? I would rather be safe than sorry, plus I really like this little tree and don't want to lose it.


I actually cut off the burnt leaves from the fern and it seems to be doing well. I also repositioned the planters and rafts so that there was a more balanced feel to the tank. I had my bf send me a photo to post, but ill take some more later.

11-19-2012 08:01 PM
hydrophyte This looks to me like mite damage. Do you have magnifying glass around that you can use for a closer inspection? I try to keep all fo the plants that I produce clean and bug-free, but using regular houseplants in a riparium can often introduce trouble.

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This just looks like some shipping/handling trauma to me. Leather fern doesn't usually have problems with insect pests. I would just let that plant grow a couple weeks more, then cut off this damaged leaf.
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11-16-2012 10:27 PM
MGap Okay, so as I mentioned there are a few little issues that I am having in the tank and I'm trying to figure out what they are.

First of all, excuse me because I completely forgot to bring the list of names with me so Im not too sure what this one is called. But as you can see, the leaves on this little darling plant have sort of shriveled at the ends and are becoming slightly transparent and scrunched up.


Yesterday I went through and cleaned everything as best as I could, trimmed off the dead leaves and added some stuff but this is before the cleaning. Im not really sure whats causing it, it seems to be the only plant having this issue. Ive looked through to see if I can find any mites or anything but the most I saw was an ant (and those are all over my house anyways). Any help here would be much appreciated.

The second thing is with the Leather Fern. I know the tips get a little brown, but these are just extremely burnt. At first, I thought that maybe it was just damage suffered in shipping, but there is what it looked like last week:


I cut off the dead leaves during my clean-up yesterday. There are two new leaves in their place so she seems to be okay, Ill have to keep an eye on how she does.

So, here is the planted part of the tank the way it sits today:

Sorry for the crappy photo, I took it in a hurry today just to get a shot. I added two ghetto home made hanging planters that are hidden behind the existing trellis rafts. Each new planter contains two ribbon plant shoots. They really filled in the space.
Ill take some close up of the plant growth tonight.

Oh, and in case youre wondering, the oscar ate all the water lettuce.
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