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the_deeb 08-10-2012 06:53 PM

Riparium planters with a eurobrace
I'm in the very early stages of thinking about a new aquarium project to showcase a really nice driftwood stump that I've been carting around for the past few years.

I'm thinking of a large, shallow tank (approximately 60" X 30" X 16") that will be almost entirely full of water but will have some emergent driftwood and emersed plant growth above the tank. I've thought about building a rimless glass aquarium, but I think I'd rather go with acrylic primarily because of the weight of the tank (this tank is going to be in an apartment and will probably have to be moved at some point in the future so I'd rather that it was as light as possible).

To prevent bowing, I'll probably need to have a eurobrace that's at least 2-3" wide and I'm wondering if it will be possible to use riparium planters with this sort of setup. Has anyone set up a riparium (with plant growth growing out of the tank) with a eurobraced tank? Will the brace be too much of an obstruction?

duff 08-11-2012 11:20 PM

I have a 20g tall acrylic tank that I tried every way but Sunday to figure out a way to add riparium planters in it... the only way I could come up with is some type of background that is the depth of the brace, thus making the planters about even with the bracing. In the end I decided that I did not want to add a background to the tank as I love the tank and didn't want to do anything that permanent to it and ended up with a custom rimless starphire tank. Another possible way is to add an acrylic box like set up against the back that is the depth of the rim and about 4 inches tall (or more) - maybe an overflow system of some sort incorporated into it? That would allow you to suction the planters to the box and span the brace. The Riparium planters are about 2 1/2 inches deep with the suction cups and 3 1/2 inches tall.

I know what you mean about wanting an acrylic tank, they are lovely for viewing and for weight.

Ps. loved you Paludarium!

hydrophyte 08-12-2012 05:19 AM

This could work well with mangrove plants by just hanging the planters lower in the tank so that the stems will have some space to lean forward. Most kinds of riparium plants do best with their crowns about even with the water's surface, but the mangrove trees and associated plants that I have tried have grown just fine with the planter several inches or more underwater. And mangroves would look good in a big tank like that.

Here's a quick picture of the mangrove planting in my 65G.

Here's a quick list of plants...
  • black mangrove
  • white mangrove
  • red mangrove
  • Pandanus tectorius
  • Cryptocoryne ciliata
  • leather fern

These are pretty cool plants. They will all grow in either freshwater or lightly brackish water. The black mangrove and red mangrove will also grow in higher SG brackish to full-strength marine water.

Hanging the planter down in the water will encourage the formation on stilt roots on the red mangrove and the P. tectorius. Here are the stilt roots on my tectorius...

There are a lot of great fish you can keep to represent a mangrove environment, too.

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