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12-29-2014 06:07 PM
hitmanx Hey hydrophyte, I would LOVE to see your 3rd entry, as the grassy look is what I am looking for
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
hydrophyte 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
hydrophyte 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
hydrophyte 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
hydrophyte 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
hydrophyte 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
Originally Posted by PATSP
I remind the reader also that Aloe vera will be useful during the zombie apocalypse, mostly for those whose zombie-proofing includes flamethrowers. And even without zombies, any apocalypse is going to be hell on the skin. Can't hurt to have a couple Aloe veras around.
09-23-2010 06:52 PM
snausage 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
hydrophyte 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.
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