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.
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!
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?
Oh well, they were free! Plenty of oaks nearby too.
Yep it's 29 Gallons. I forget whether that's US or UK!
I'm not after a black water look, but I'm not too bothered either way.
Just realised there's a Riparium section. Sorry mods.
Off to a nice start.
Thankyou. Still undecided on fauna. Any ideas?
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.
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)
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)
Pellonia repens (climbing out of the tank far right
Ignore the silicone will be covered in plant growth. A few more species to add, looking for other Pilea species and possibly some hairgrass.
Looking good! Looks very natural! Welcome to the riparium club by the way ;) I have one as well, its in my signature V
Looks Great! Im really liking the plants. I have some of them in my Dart Frog Vivarium.
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