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skystrife 06-30-2013 07:26 PM

30g Shallow Pool Riparium
 
So after seeing many great shallow ripariums here, I decided to make my own.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/9...8ae7ab90_b.jpg

Equipment
  • Tank: 24x24x12 Rimless (custom---couldn't find any Mr. Aquas around) @ ~30g
  • Filtration: Eheim 2215 (my first Eheim, going great so far)
  • Heating: 100W Eheim Jager
  • Lighting: 1x Kessil Amazon Sun (~1.5ft from the surface, 8 hr photoperiod)
  • Substrate: 5x 20lb bags of Eco Complete Fine Grade (really liking the look of this stuff so far---we'll see how the plants do in it compared to ordinary eco)

Plants

In shower caddies filled with Growstone:
  • Spathiphyllum sp. (Peace Lily, left)
  • Chamaedorea elegans (Parlor Palm, center)
  • Anthurium sp. (Anthurium Lily, right)

In DIY trellis rafts (cut from that interlocking foam people use for yoga mats---handy for the foam layer under the tank as well!), from left to right:
  • Pilea mollis
  • Dracaena godseffiana
  • Fittonia argyorneura
  • Mentha spicata (Spearmint)
  • Scindapsus pictus argyraeus (Philodendron)
  • Unknown (in the front---maybe an aluminum plant? not sure. "tropical assortment" package from a local hardware store---we'll see if any survive)


Tank and custom stand, prior to painting:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7359/9...95e28a8e_b.jpg

Adding the "sand" (you can see the stand painted now):
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/9...2653b1c8_b.jpg

Playing with wood arrangements:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/9...67e04514_b.jpg

Filling:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7372/9...f4365bbb_b.jpg

Shower caddy marginals planted:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5331/9...1d025986_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7317/9...0a38c4aa_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7436/9...3fa2b098_b.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3706/9...e014f326_b.jpg

Light makes a nice effect on the ceiling:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5479/9...5eebc765_b.jpg

Left side raft:
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2841/9...0a62d7b2_b.jpg

Right side raft:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7312/9...ff678a91_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5463/9...941ee790_b.jpg

"ATS" (Above Tank Shot):
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3668/9...79dcc96e_b.jpg

Unknown plant (in front of the Fittonia):
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7383/9...54b1b5c2_b.jpg

Peace Lily:
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3828/9...31621196_b.jpg

Anthurium Lily flower (yes, I cheated with the light here):
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9...e49de0c1_b.jpg

The whole set is available on Flickr.

No fauna just yet (apart from some snails that moved over on some moss I put in from another tank), but I have plans for:
  • Trichopsis pumila (Sparkling Gourami, probably 10-12)
  • Boraras brigittae (Chili Rasbora, 20+?)
  • Corydoras habrosus (Salt and Pepper Catfish)
  • Otocinclus sp.
  • Apistogramma sp. (not sure here... maybe?)

hydrophyte 06-30-2013 09:26 PM

Nice work!

OVT 06-30-2013 09:46 PM

Lots of plants, loving the look.

I wonder what 4 of them in a square would look like. A crazier idea would be to have a 12"x24" column in the center of the four, bottom drilled with a pump cascading water down. With terrestrial house plants in pots between the cubes.

Watching your tank now :)

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papa_mcknight 08-06-2013 08:35 PM

Unknown plant (in front of the Fittonia):
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7383/9...54b1b5c2_b.jpg


If it's the green with yellow spots that will be a codiaeum species. If it's the two below it they are Hypoestes phyllostachya, also known as polka dot plants


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