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Old 01-05-2013, 08:02 PM   #46
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Ripariums are easy to put together. There isn't much to it.
^+1. Oh, not to mention, pretty cheap and nearly maintenance-free. Small price to pay to gain the additional "Wow" and "Pop" to a tank.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:40 PM   #47
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The Pleioblastus bamboo are growing pretty well, but there aren't getting any taller. I think that I need to consider replacing them with something that will grow a bit taller. It would be great to have a grassy plant about 10" tall in a couple of planters.

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Hmmm.....strawberries and cream, maybe?? That would look superb in there, Devin!
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Hmmm.....strawberries and cream, maybe?? That would look superb in there, Devin!
Yeah 'Strawberries & Cream' was one idea that I had in mind.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:51 AM   #50
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The bamboo is looking great! Nice setup hydro.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:16 AM   #51
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The bamboo is looking great! Nice setup hydro.
Hey thanks!

Yeah that bamboo is a neat little plant, but it sure is slow. I have a couple of collector bamboos as potted houseplants and one would think that they would be easy to grow and real fast like any other grass, but they are more complicated than that. Bamboos seem to have to build up a lot of energy in their root systems before they can spread and grow very much.

Here's the foliage of that nice full potted plant that I bought.

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Old 01-14-2013, 04:36 AM   #52
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Since the Pleioblastus bamboo isn't getting any taller I decided to try out some other plants as grassy background. Here I added a couple of planters with Cyperus umbrella sedge. The tops of the Cyperus are obscured by the lighting here, but you can get the general idea. The layout might look pretty good with this plant if I can get it to grow in more full and if I raise the lights up another 8" or so.

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Looking great I really like this rip
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Looking great I really like this rip
Thanks. I just need to shuffle the plants around a bit more and then I will have this setup looking good.
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I have a little review on the way for some of the new plants that I am testing out in this setup. Here's the link to that thread...

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Old 02-04-2013, 07:22 PM   #56
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I switched up the planting a good deal! Here's a quick picture from last night...

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This is just a quick snapshot to show the whole deal with the new plant arrangement.

The green lanterns have been having babies. Now I cound four new little fry in there.

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I got a quick picture tonight. I shuffled the plants ar

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Nice and jungle-ly, Devin! Wish I could see more of that Sunset....ever consider making planters that have a velcro tab on the back so you could connect to planters front to back? You could have a nice tall background plant in the back, and a smaller growing foreground plant, like the Sunset, that could grow in front of the taller species. I know that the trellis raft was constructed for this reason, but as you've pointed out to me, some of these guys will not grow suspended in the trellis raft...some need to be planted in the planter.

It would be nice to have that Sunset in the front adding a little color off to the "right of center" area.
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Nice and jungle-ly, Devin! Wish I could see more of that Sunset....ever consider making planters that have a velcro tab on the back so you could connect to planters front to back? You could have a nice tall background plant in the back, and a smaller growing foreground plant, like the Sunset, that could grow in front of the taller species. I know that the trellis raft was constructed for this reason, but as you've pointed out to me, some of these guys will not grow suspended in the trellis raft...some need to be planted in the planter.

It would be nice to have that Sunset in the front adding a little color off to the "right of center" area.
I think that that would be too much weight for the suction cups to hold. It would also be a lot of plastic junk very conspicuous and hard to cover with foliage. The planter + trellis raft combination really does work very well. It really does.

I got some quick video last night. It is exceptionally grainy. I was going to edit a longer version with music, but the quality is very low...

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