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01-29-2011 08:35 PM
hydrophyte This tank is still doing well. This is most definitely the least demanding setup tat I have ever done. It gets only about 20 minutes of attention each week and looks great. A riparium setup like this would be real good for dentists' offices and similar settings.

12-17-2010 01:09 AM
hydrophyte
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Yes it might be cramped. I do plan to use the raft and planters. My initial thoughts are to have the riparium planting concentrated on one side and the wabi kusa on the other side so that the plant mass is concentrated on top of one side and bottom of another.

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Hey did you do any more work on this?

I might have a photo update for this setup pretty soon.

This setup has been very low maintenance. I give it only about 20 minutes per week but it still looks great and stays nice and clean.
10-03-2010 06:21 AM
malaybiswas
Re: 55 Gallon Crypts Riparium

Yes it might be cramped. I do plan to use the raft and planters. My initial thoughts are to have the riparium planting concentrated on one side and the wabi kusa on the other side so that the plant mass is concentrated on top of one side and bottom of another.

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09-30-2010 04:42 AM
hydrophyte I think that for a smallish tank like that you might do better with a wabi kusa setup or a riparium planting. It seems to me there would be little room for both and that the layout could get to be kind of muddied.

The riparium raft planters really work best if combined with the hanging cup planters as an integrated unit. Here again I think that it would be a lot to squeeze into a tank to have the wabi kusa, trellis rafts and hanging planters all in a small tank.

I really need to make some more videos and tutorials on how the riparium planters work: but when!? I don't think that I have conveyed the riparium stuff in a complete way because it seems that nobody understands the whole system. The riparium methods really do work well if put together in the standard way and with the right kinds of plants. I really gotta set up to do some more video.
09-30-2010 04:38 AM
malaybiswas I am planning to use either my 22g or a 10g. Not any bigger than that to start with. I for a pumice rock planter from my local lanscape store. About 8"X8"X6" with a hole cut out in the middle. I can grow moss on it and put some AS in the middle to put some stem plants. That makes the wabi kusa. Then some floating planters for rest of the riparium plants. What do you think?
09-29-2010 08:23 PM
hydrophyte
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Hey hydrophyte - this tank looks stunning. I am starting a riparium soon but on small scale. However I plan to keep it open top like your other riparium (33g i think). One issue I am worried about pests with lot of open vegetation. Unlike house plants I cannot use commercial pest controls here. Any experience or thoughts on pest control issues?
Do you have a particular tank size/shape in mind for this project yet?
09-29-2010 03:32 PM
hydrophyte There are some insect pests that can get into riparium plants, but they are manageable. It is pretty easy to control or eradicate bugs by simply dunking any affected plants underwater overnight. It is much easier to do this dunk treatment with riparium plants than with regular houseplants.

Some of the best riparium plants are also resistant to insect pests. I have had very little trouble with pests on Spathiphyllum, Cyperus, Pilea and most of the emersed aquatic stem plants.

One particular problem that I have run into is that Acorus are a favorite of spider mites. During the warm weather this summer I observed spider mites a few times on the Acorus in my 50-gallon tank. However, I was able to keep them under control by once per month dunking the Acorus overnight right in the tank. This was an easy measure.
09-29-2010 02:15 AM
malaybiswas Hey hydrophyte - this tank looks stunning. I am starting a riparium soon but on small scale. However I plan to keep it open top like your other riparium (33g i think). One issue I am worried about pests with lot of open vegetation. Unlike house plants I cannot use commercial pest controls here. Any experience or thoughts on pest control issues?
09-28-2010 10:53 PM
hydrophyte Thanks again Hyzer. I hope to keep working on that thread some more and have a new entry pretty soon.
09-28-2010 08:47 AM
Hyzer Your work is excellent. Thank you for sharing.

I like the new post about plant combos.
09-25-2010 04:57 AM
hydrophyte I just put together another Proven Riparium Plant Combinations post. This one is about

2. A layout with Spathiphyllum peace lilies, Pilea and other tropical forest plants

09-20-2010 03:41 AM
hydrophyte I got a picture of the second spathe on that Anubias hastifolia. I was wrong before--the spathe does open up pretty wide! And it is sweetly fragrant. Look at this quick shot.

09-09-2010 10:10 PM
hydrophyte I completed most of a new entry for the thread Riparium How-to: High-Humidity Setups. This is the one about "Plant Selection". Here is the link.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...ml#post1150639
09-05-2010 10:30 PM
hydrophyte I just added a second detailed post to that thread...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...ml#post1147024
09-05-2010 02:31 AM
hydrophyte Hey everybody I just started a thread over in General Planted tank Discussion, Riparium How-To: High-Humidity Setups, that uses this tank as an example. Here is the link...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...ty-setups.html
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