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PaulG 12-13-2011 10:30 PM

Very low tech Riparium
A 29G no tech Riparium. The inspiration comes from BigTom and Hydrophyte, owner of RipariumSupply, so a big thanks to them for starters!

I wanted to try something new, I wanted it to be cheap and at least fairly self sustaining. I don't mind the occasional feed or adding of ferts but I'd like to keep water changes to a minimum. I suffer from ME and I find them difficult on anything other than really small tanks. Plus I wanted the challenge of going El Natural.

Rocks, gravel and soil in. Around 1 inch of each.

Planters in.

A few plants to start.

Moved the peace Lilly...

Magnolia leaves from the garden still waiting to sink. All the plants are terrarium cuttings so I'm hoping they adjust to the lower humidity.

Any questions feel free to ask!

EntoCraig 12-13-2011 10:33 PM

My magnolia leaves dissolved in one week! My Indian almond leaves and oak leaves are going on a year now with minimal breakdown...

Simple, but great looking tank! I have wanted to do a rip for some time now, but I have no more tank space in my lab...

Did I miss the size of this tank?

PaulG 12-13-2011 10:38 PM

Oh well, they were free! Plenty of oaks nearby too.

Yep it's 29 Gallons. I forget whether that's US or UK!

EntoCraig 12-13-2011 10:40 PM


Originally Posted by PaulG (Post 1633898)
Oh well, they were free! Plenty of oaks nearby too.

Yep it's 29 Gallons. I forget whether that's US or UK!

Either way you are off to a great start and it looks great! I use the mag leaves to keep my black water tank black!

PaulG 12-13-2011 10:58 PM


I'm not after a black water look, but I'm not too bothered either way.

PaulG 12-13-2011 11:03 PM

Just realised there's a Riparium section. Sorry mods.

psalm18.2 12-14-2011 12:29 AM

Off to a nice start.

PaulG 12-14-2011 03:56 PM

Thankyou. Still undecided on fauna. Any ideas?

PaulG 12-14-2011 06:48 PM

Lighthood added. Two x 24W T5, may need lowering.

Ignore the cable just checking the temps, 18c/64f. Will probably need to purchase a heater.

PaulG 12-22-2011 10:19 PM

PaulG 12-31-2011 05:10 PM

So unbelievably happy, impressed and surprised with this tank. I'm waiting for something to go wrong!


Images from left to right:

Riparium section from left to right:

Philodendron scandens (big broad leaves)

Asclepias curassavica (tall plant)

Rotala rotindifolia

Ludwigia repens

Hygrophilia polysperma

Cyperus isolucladus (tall plant, may stems)

Hydrocotyl vulgaris (little round leaves, also floating bare rooted)

Vesicularia dubyana (java moss, tucked in there somewhere)

Fittonia albivenis (red leaves)

Spathiphyllum sp. (peace lilly, not sure which species)

Pilea cardieri (back right, white and green leaves)

Ludwigia natans

Pellonia repens (climbing out of the tank far right

Aquatic section:

Sagittaria subulata

Vesicularia dubyana

Bacopa Sp.

Cryptocoryne moehimannii

Cryptocoryne Sp.

Bacopa amplexicaulis

Hygrophilai polysperma

Ignore the silicone will be covered in plant growth. A few more species to add, looking for other Pilea species and possibly some hairgrass.

TickleMyElmo 12-31-2011 07:30 PM

Looking good! Looks very natural! Welcome to the riparium club by the way ;) I have one as well, its in my signature V

PaulG 01-12-2012 05:40 PM

EntoCraig 01-12-2012 08:28 PM

Looks Great! Im really liking the plants. I have some of them in my Dart Frog Vivarium.

PaulG 01-12-2012 10:01 PM


Originally Posted by EntoCraig (Post 1673208)
Looks Great! Im really liking the plants. I have some of them in my Dart Frog Vivarium.

That's where I stole mine from! Sold a few cuttings, then used some in here. The money I made from sales I used for the other plants.

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