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Today 07:07 AM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by bbroush View Post
Ah man that sucks.

So mine was doing really well, too well actually. Haha. I wasn't ever trimming it and it was at least three feet tall. But I got rid of it because of the roots! They grew so fast and I was really worried because people had told me horror stories about how they could just the seams of the tank. I miss that thing. It was my favorite plant other than my ruellia which is still going strong. Or my pothos which before moving had three branches 25 feet long each.

I think riparium plants are awesome. I look forward to seeing where you go with this journal


That's awesome yours did so well! I always saw some of the big ones and loved them! I'm definitely going to grow them again! I would love to have a Mr. Aqua MA-610 as to do a riparium in! That 24x24x12 is such a rad size!! Of course the Deep Blue 80g frag tank is pretty amazing too! [emoji23] I am obviously dreaming here. lol.


I have been thinking about putting some sort of Apistogramma species in this tank. They're just a fish I know quite little about. I've definitely got my research to do first. I grew up breeding Firemouths so I've always had a love for cichlids.

I'm planning to add some more Sterbai corys first though. The LFS should have some more in next week. I think I'll add 4-6 more to the current 4. I want to have a nice little school going on.

I might need to throw together a bare bottom quarantine tank. I've got plenty of tanks around though, so no issue there. Plus, this tank has a couple big sponge filters stuffed back behind the driftwood. I probably have 3 or 4 more brand new sponge filters in a box in the closet with most of my spare aquarium goods. Hmmm.... I hadn't thought about that until just now. I've not kept enough fish since I moved to AZ in summer of 2014 to warrant needing one.

Here's a fts from almost lights out tonight.




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01-11-2017 07:44 PM
bbroush
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Unfortunately, the mangrove did not enjoy the lack of humidity in Arizona. It survived about six months after the move before kicking the bucket. Even with regular misting it just wasn't happy from the beginning. It was incredibly disappointing as that was my favorite plant!

I think this is one of the last decent pics of it. At this point the plant was almost 2years old!




Though I've removed most of the riparium plants from this tank, I will definitely doing another one in the future. I learned a lot about this hobby from my riparium & I enjoyed keeping it immensely. I will probably do one on a much larger scale and with different tank dimensions.

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Ah man that sucks.

So mine was doing really well, too well actually. Haha. I wasn't ever trimming it and it was at least three feet tall. But I got rid of it because of the roots! They grew so fast and I was really worried because people had told me horror stories about how they could just the seams of the tank. I miss that thing. It was my favorite plant other than my ruellia which is still going strong. Or my pothos which before moving had three branches 25 feet long each.

I think riparium plants are awesome. I look forward to seeing where you go with this journal
01-11-2017 06:36 PM
johnson18
Johnson18's 20L

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Originally Posted by bbroush View Post
So I've been following this for a couple years, I might have missed it but what did you end up doing with your mangrove?


Unfortunately, the mangrove did not enjoy the lack of humidity in Arizona. It survived about six months after the move before kicking the bucket. Even with regular misting it just wasn't happy from the beginning. It was incredibly disappointing as that was my favorite plant!

I think this is one of the last decent pics of it. At this point the plant was almost 2years old!




Though I've removed most of the riparium plants from this tank, I will definitely doing another one in the future. I learned a lot about this hobby from my riparium & I enjoyed keeping it immensely. I will probably do one on a much larger scale and with different tank dimensions.

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01-11-2017 05:39 PM
bbroush So I've been following this for a couple years, I might have missed it but what did you end up doing with your mangrove?
01-11-2017 05:03 PM
johnson18 The corys have stirred up any bit of mulm remaining on the substrate! I keep using my tweezers to shake it off the plant leaves. The filter has been doing well at sucking it up. Hopefully this will only take a day or so to finish removing any excess mulm. Here are a few shots that I took just after the lights came on today.













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01-11-2017 05:32 AM
johnson18 Everything in this tank has been growing surprisingly well! I even trimmed a couple stems today.

I added a few stems of Hygrophila araguaia, a couple crypts, and a little Hydrocotyle sp. 'Japan'. I'm definitely pleased with the way this tank has been progressing.

Today I got two amano shrimp for this tank. Along with the shrimp I picked up four Sterbai Corys! I know they will need a larger school but the LFS only had these four. I'll pick up a few more next week.

Thought I had some newer pictures, but they were the same ones I posted above. D'oh! Oh well, I've gotta get some of the 55 in the next couple days, I'll make sure I get this tank too!
12-27-2016 09:41 PM
johnson18 Got the light fixture lowered. Now it is about 12" above the surface of the water. It hangs over one end of the tank where the hob filter once was, oh well.
I think I've got it running at about 25%, we'll see how that goes. I'm going to start with a 5hr photoperiod and reduce from there as needed.






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12-27-2016 08:28 PM
johnson18
Johnson18's 20L Riparium w/Planted HOB

I've added a bunch of stuff to this tank. I met up with a fellow Tucson hobbyist and picked up a bunch of free plants, also purchased a few from here and ANA. This tank has WAY too many stems for my current liking but I'm gonna see if I can keep it maintained.



The lights are still crazy high, I've been trying to think about how high above the tank I should put it. If you haven't looked through this journal, the light is a custom BuildMyLED 36" XB that is basically their Riparium 6500K with 660nm red added. Custom LED Report There is the original report. I've got two of those same fixtures, the other on an emersed tank. I'll probably hang the light 12" above the water surface.



This week I will be switching the filtration around on my tanks, and adding the Eheim 2215 to this tank. This filter has been running on my 55 for the last couple years.



Nothing super interesting picture wise. Just some new growth and the new plants.



12-16-2016 07:14 AM
johnson18 I also have to drop the light from its current height (50") to a more reasonable distance above the water for this setup! The issue with this is that I'm running a 36" fixture over a 30" tank & I'm not sure I've got the mounts for the light to sit on the tank. Until then I've got the LEDs running at 100% for 8hrs a day.


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12-16-2016 05:58 AM
johnson18
Johnson18's 20L Riparium w/Planted HOB

I recently removed the majority of the riparium planters from this tank, the only planter left is the one of dwarf Cyperus sp. If you have read the newest post on my 55 gallon, I've been mistreating my tanks for a while. This tank has actually faired better than the 55, as it's topless and I live in Arizona, which means that if left alone for more than a couple weeks there is not much water left. So, this tank receives new water every few weeks or my roomies get mad. haha.



I finally took off the dead HOB that I've been adding water to for way too long. The cyperus is the only plant that I'm not sure I can easily grow elsewhere. The plan is to put an actual glass top on the tank so the water doesn't evaporate so quickly.



I moved around some of the remaining crypts(mostly small 'Lucens', nurii, and parva), anubais, as well as adding Hydrocotyle tripartita, Alternanthera reineckii 'cardinalis', three Echinodorus parviflorus, and a variety of different stems from my emersed tanks. I'll have to look back and figure out exactly which emersed stems I used. There's at least one Bacopa sp., Ludwigia Sp. Rubin for sure, and I think there are a couple Rotala sp. I covered the driftwood with a nice big patch of subwassertang. I will try to get some halfway decent pictures.





My biggest issue now is that I need an actual filter. There are a couple dual sponge filters in the tank but I don't think that's anywhere near enough if I ever wanna put any livestock in this tank. I don't think I will ever overload the capacity of tank as far as fish/shrimp/etc. I'm probably gonna go with one of the Eheim filters. Any suggestions on which size canister filter to get? I'm looking at either the 2213 or 2215, I'm definitely open to other options though. I haven't really spent much time looking at the other brands in a few years.
12-09-2015 04:58 PM
johnson18 WOW!! I just read through this entire thread while drinking my morning coffee! I keep glancing over at the emersed tanks in my room to see if certain plants that were once in this tank are clearly visible. I love the current layout of this tank but it's a little bare, definitely needs more variation both above and below the water. I'd like to add some small pockets of stems back into the aquascape. The riparium plants need more depth. I have been thinking about splitting the planter of cyperus into two as I've got a couple spares and the plant is extremely overgrown. The pothos growing out of the HOB is at least 20+ feet long. I just keep getting more ideas on what I would like to do once I'm finally done with this semester!! Had an exam yesterday, first final is Friday, second final is Monday and then I've got a paper due Tuesday, after that I'm done!!
12-04-2015 07:58 PM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by Teebo View Post
Nice work!

Thanks! I haven't messed with this tank much lately. The joy of the last month of the semester. It's mostly just sitting there growing. My HOB died a while back and hasn't been replaced, so most of the plants in it died. I've got some ideas on how to redo a few areas of the above water layout to give it a better look. Just gotta get through it next week and a half!


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11-01-2015 05:36 PM
Teebo Nice work!
03-13-2015 03:52 AM
johnson18
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I suggest you try some emergent pennywort. It would make an interesting texture with your other plants.
I've had some on a few different occasions, though I don't currently have any in this tank.
01-15-2015 05:20 AM
rodahl I suggest you try some emergent pennywort. It would make an interesting texture with your other plants.
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