Vin's 10 gallon riparium summer project!
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 : http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=95561
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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?
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?
Thank you very much for the answers!
So apparently I have ammonia and nitrates but no nitrites.
Mystery plant is asparagus fern....asparagus setaceus.
Thank you sir! Says to keep roots constantly moist... So probably riparium suitable!
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.
whats the stocking plan?
nevermind, a betta would likenice :D
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
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 ?
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
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?
Any suggestions or comments are welcomed.
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:
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?
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