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Vin 07-27-2013 09:59 PM

Vin's 10 gallon riparium summer project!
Hi everyone,

This is my first journal on these forums. I got a free 10 gallon not very long ago, obviously this lead to a new project.

Gear: 10 gallon tank 20 X 10 X 12
50 W Jager heater
Fluval U1 undewater filtre.

Lighting: Two 23W fluo compact daylight bulbs. Totally ripped off this build for lights :
Except I place mine a couple of inches higher. They are about 18 inches above the water.

Right now I am waiting on some riparium gear in the mail so I set up the aquarium with some trimmings from my other tank and filled it completly.

I am using construction sand as the substrate. Along with a couple of river stones.

Right now got some Hygrophilia trimmings floating around.
Some frogbit
Bacopa monnieri floating around waiting for planters.
Some trimmings of hydroclyte planted also.
I have a pot of Echinodorus cordifolius 'Tropica Marble Queen' waiting for a planter also.
I wanna grow the bacopa emersed and probly add some ruellia bluebells or whatever I can get my hands on.

Stocking (future)
A single betta probably. There is a local breeder in Montreal that has some high quality bettas. I am gonna check with him if he has some low grade ones for sale also :)


Some gear:

Rocks and branches from local river:

Setting up the aquarium at 1 am on a week day :

Couple of pictures of how it looks today:

Any comments or suggestions are appreciated!

Vin 07-28-2013 07:39 PM

You guys think it will work out with the rim and a third of air to two thirds of water?

Also how do I prepare the potted plant for the riparium, just wash out of the soil and plant in a planter? Should I trim the roots at all?


Vin 07-31-2013 10:27 PM



Got my hands on some dwarf Cyperus in medium shape. Placed it in a plastic container with water submerging half of its pot. Hope that will keep it alive:

Here is some Basil I got that I am gonna try in there also:

Its in pitifull shape as the plants they sell at the grocery stores are basically pots with a million baby stems. Hopefully it will work :)

Also my roommate got this weird plant, looks like X-mas moss but emerged??. Can anyone identify this plant ?:

Also picked up a peace lily:

Waayyyyy too big for a 10g riparium. But I picked it up as a gift for someone. I still have to replant it in a proper pot... Sooo I was thinking maybe I could steal a little plant of it? I have NO clue how to divide this plant though. Any advice?

My previous questions still need answers also :

You guys thinkg a rim will work in this set up ?

How do I prepare the potted plant for the riparium, just wash out of the soil and plant in a planter? Should I trim the roots at all?

Can anyone Identify that mystery plant? And will it work in a riparium ? (I'll probly try it unless i get a definite NO as an answer)

And finally, How to divide a peace lily?

Thanks everyone!

Chrisinator 07-31-2013 10:40 PM


You guys thinkg a rim will work in this set up ?
The way the setup is right now should work perfectly fine, maybe even better since this will allow for a majority of the plants to grow up.


How do I prepare the potted plant for the riparium, just wash out of the soil and plant in a planter? Should I trim the roots at all?
Assuming you have a planter for a riparium ready, I would rinse the soil off the roots. Make sure you're not pulling the roots of as to not damage the leaves or stem of the plant. Then, I'd get a pair of shears and trim down the roots. Place a bit of gravel/hydroton on the bottom, place the plant in, then fill the rest.


How to divide a peace lily?
Dividing peace lily is kinda tricky. I'd recommend getting a smaller plant locally and using that. You'd pretty much have to divide it by separating the plant but there may not be a small enough plant for use.

Vin 08-01-2013 12:16 AM

Thank you very much for the answers!

So apparently I have ammonia and nitrates but no nitrites.

JasonBD77 08-01-2013 12:22 AM

Mystery plant is asparagus fern....asparagus setaceus.

Vin 08-01-2013 12:40 AM

Thank you sir! Says to keep roots constantly moist... So probably riparium suitable!

Vin 08-02-2013 04:57 PM

Mini update no pictures.

I will not try to split the peace lily.

I managed to take off the rim of another 10 gallon tank I had without breaking anything...

Now I'm debating if I transfer the tanks or not. Depends on how well the other one cleans up also.

plecostomouse 08-02-2013 05:50 PM

looking nice!
whats the stocking plan?

plecostomouse 08-02-2013 05:51 PM

nevermind, a betta would likenice :D

Vin 08-02-2013 06:15 PM

Yeah Montreal is home to bettacanada and there a breeder here that breeds high quality ones. I'm probably gonna buy one of his culls or something

Vin 08-03-2013 12:24 AM


My dwarf cyperus is doing this on all heads:

I currently have it planted like this:

Anything I can do to help them out untill I get my planters ?

Vin 08-19-2013 09:16 PM

Hi everyone,

Got my gear in the mail.

Got back from vacation.

So i finnaly set this guy up as a riparium.

Bad FTS cause of lighting

From above:

Now in the middle it doesn't show but there are some Bacopa stems on a trellis raft. I hope they dense up.

I put some root tabs in all planters.

Here is the king of the castle:

I don't like the disposition of the plants. Probly too much cyperus but when I took it out of the planting media I had sooo much I did not want to throw any away. I think I'll wait to see if everything goes well first. Wait till the bacopa grows more. Maybe replace teh cyperus behind the bacopa with something else?

I dunno.

Any suggestions or comments are welcomed.

Vin 08-20-2013 05:12 PM

Sooo my emmerged stem plants are looking like this :

Funny thing is some of the stems of Hydroclyte were emmerged in myn other aquarium and they kinda just melted anyways.

Is this normal ? Just a transition ? I thouhgt those two plants would grow emmerged without a cover for added humidity. I hope I wasnt mistaken.

Any advice is appreciated.

FTS lights off in the morning:

Vin 08-20-2013 10:52 PM

Hi again,

Got another question:

I had too much flow for the betta in my riparium. So I put a nylon pantyhose on the exit of my filter. I'm using a Fluval U1 undewater filtre.

Its kind of a whole leg of pantyhose folded so there is about 8 layers for the water to pass through.

Here is a short video of the set up:

I'm just wondering if this will explode?

Thank you

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