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Old 03-06-2013, 07:10 AM   #46
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The great thing about riparium plants is that they aren't limited by CO2 like submersed plants so they are probably easier and faster growing in many cases (I would imagine).
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:49 PM   #47
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Nice work planting that stuff up. Now you just have to wait for it to grow in.

Did you plant the Pilea and the Fittonia into the trellis rafts? I can't tell from these pictures. They should be planted with the stem base just right through those holes in the trellis rafts. As they grow up taller you can take cuttings with several leaf nodes each and plant back into the same trellis rafts. That way you will have lots of stems and plants covering very well.

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Old 03-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #48
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Nice work planting that stuff up. Now you just have to wait for it to grow in.

Did you plant the Pilea and the Fittonia into the trellis rafts? I can't tell from these pictures. They should be planted with the stem base just right through those holes in the trellis rafts. As they grow up taller you can take cuttings with several leaf nodes each and plant back into the same trellis rafts. That way you will have lots of stems and plants covering very well.
I didn't to start with, I have since replanted them as suggested by you. I had a friend come by today, who really enjoys looking at my aquariums. She was amazed by the new riparium plants & look! I'm really pleased with it as well.
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So I've been thinking and I have decided I am going to pull the amazon sword plant that is behind the driftwood. I am going to replace it with several Crypt. Balansae plants! I think with the right placement it could create a really cool visual effect!

I've also currently got several bunches of different java ferns sitting on a big section of the drift wood. I'm thinking that I will move them out of the tank and cover that area in sübwassertang. I want to shift the driftwood just a little to help create a better layout, by using the rule of thirds...

Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions on both of these ideas or the aquarium in general are always welcome. That includes constructive criticism!
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:18 PM   #50
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I look forward to seeing updates.

What kinds of fish did you say you have in here?
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:23 PM   #51
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I look forward to seeing updates.

What kinds of fish did you say you have in here?
Otos....there may be a few PFRs left after the water quality fiasco last week. I've got some more PFRs on the way.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:06 PM   #52
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Good news! I found a shrimp!
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susswassertang can collect detritus and it can take a long time to acclimate and start growing in a new tank in my experience.

I like it, don't get me wrong, but just wanted to point out that it is one of those ones that probably won't look as good as it does in photos for you, atleast not right away.
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Have those riparium plants started to root in their planters yet?

If you haven't already you might like to scoop out some of that duckweed. It can look nice, but if it covers more than about 1/3 of the water's surface it can hinder gas exchange and also cast a lot of shade.
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Have those riparium plants started to root in their planters yet?

If you haven't already you might like to scoop out some of that duckweed. It can look nice, but if it covers more than about 1/3 of the water's surface it can hinder gas exchange and also cast a lot of shade.
I think that they have, I am definitely seeing new growth! What is the best way to check to see if the plants have started to root?
The duckweed was mostly removed(as much as one can successfully remove duckweed) shortly after these pictures! There is still some dwarf water lettuce but not very much!
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I do like a little duckweed floating around, but it spread so fast.

If your riparium plants are growing you will start to see new white roots through the sides of the planters.
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I do like a little duckweed floating around, but it spread so fast.

If your riparium plants are growing you will start to see new white roots through the sides of the planters.
Yep, they are definitely growing! There are a couple plants that seems like they haven't faired well. A couple of the plants that were planted around the mangrove have shriveled up and died, but only two out of 5/6 plants. I took those two out today trimed the bottom which was dark and slimy and replanted the tops. The mangrove propagates have started popping a little higher out of the gravel. The Cyprus and Kelly both have new growth, looks like the Kelly is showing bloom buds which is a bit of a surprise. The outback sunset seems to be taking the longest to adapt to its new home, no new growth but its definitely not dying.
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I wonder which one died back(?).

The Ruellia 'Katie' and Cyperus are both real good growers.
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Lindernia is the one that probably half of what you sent died.
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Johnson....nice set up, man! Wait until you start getting flowers on the Ruellia.
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