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Old 04-04-2013, 11:10 PM   #1
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11.4g Riparium


I've been wanting to set up a riparium since I first saw them here on TPT, and after one half-hearted attempt with a shower caddy and a peace lily I decided to do it the "right" way. A couple weeks ago I bought the Mr. Aqua 11.4 gallon tank then began talking with hydrophyte. He quickly came up with a combination of supplies and plants for me and answered my questions. My package arrived in the mail today so I got the actual riparium part of my riparium set up.

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Mr Aqua 11.4 gallon tank
Up Aqua in tank filter (basically works like a sponge filter, the only reason I got it was because the sponge filters the store had were huge)
Archaea 25w heater (may be too small in the winter, but it's what I stuck in there for now)

Hardscape
Black sand
River rocks from a landscape supply store
Driftwood

Flora
Ruellia 'Katie'
Asclepias Mexican Milkweed
Phalaris 'Strawberries & Cream'

Pennywort
Pilea alluminum plant

Anubias nana
Java fern 'trident'
Blyxa japonica

Fauna
HMPK Betta
Ramshorns

Initial setup:


Brooder lamps with 23 watt cfl bulbs for lighting. I think I'll switch them out at some point for a T5HO or a Ray 2 using the same hanger:


Goodies from Riparium Supply:


Planted and ready to go in the tank (bonus points if you spy Rocky sleeping in the background):


Planters and rafts in place:


FTS:


There's some definite wilting, especially the Asclepias. I'm assuming that's normal from the shipping, planting, and lights. They should perk up soon though, everything was definitely healthy.

I added a couple little stems of pennywort to the rafts, but it wasn't emersed growth so it probably won't make it. If it doesn't I'll snip a little h. japan from my wabi kusa and use that.

Hmm, what else. Oh, I planted a few stems of blyxa, but I don't think I like it. Or at the very least I need to add something else as well. Something taller.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:28 AM   #2
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Wow that looks great! Nice job planting that stuff.

How does the aluminum plant look? If you see very much wilting from it you can make a temporary cover for the tank with saran wrap while those cuttings grow new roots. Aluminum plant roots pretty fast.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:33 AM   #3
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Looks really, really nice!! I think that if you can find a nice background plant to hide some of the planters, it will be a wonderful looking set up. Always nice to see a fellow ripariumist!

I would suggest some root tabs and some Hygrophila Kompact? It would get nice and full without getting ridiculously tall and would not require constant pruning, unlike it's brothers and sisters in the Hygro "family" of plants. If you are looking for some contrast, a few stems of an Alternanthera species would also look great, and would grow emmersed from the aquarium helping things blend in well.

Really, though you have a ton of potential options though, as you probably well know. For root tabs, I have to recommend Devin's line of GroSoil.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:25 AM   #4
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That is so pretty and so is your Betta.

What is the pipe holding your lights?
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:26 AM   #5
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I'd love to get that tank. Shipping is killer on it though and there's no place around me that sells stuff like that.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:45 AM   #6
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I'd love to get that tank. Shipping is killer on it though and there's no place around me that sells stuff like that.
Where did you shop for it? I got that same tank from MarineDepot.com and the shipping wasn't too bad.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:50 AM   #7
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Same place. Tank was $63 and shipping $29. I mean I guess that's not terrible for shipping, but not what I'd like to pay. Especially since I only paid $5 shipping for my 12" Mr. Aqua cube...lol
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:50 AM   #8
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AWESOME TANK!!!

Can't wait to see it grow in!!! I have never thought of doing a smaller riparium like this. I really like what I see! After I rescape the Living Room I might have a empty corner to put something just like this!!!

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Old 04-05-2013, 03:53 AM   #9
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I have the same tank I'm probably going to convert to a riparium. Luckily I picked it up for about $65 shipped around Christmas time
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Disregard my last post...duh...I was looking at the 17.4g tank. Yeah, I'm an idiot. The tank that the OP has is MUCH better priced...lol

Sorry to derail. Looking forward to this because I'd love to do something similar.
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Wow that looks great! Nice job planting that stuff.

How does the aluminum plant look? If you see very much wilting from it you can make a temporary cover for the tank with saran wrap while those cuttings grow new roots. Aluminum plant roots pretty fast.
Thanks, and thanks for everything else too! That was a ton of plants.

The aluminum is a little wilted but not too bad. I'll try the saran wrap though, I hadn't thought of that.

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Looks really, really nice!! I think that if you can find a nice background plant to hide some of the planters, it will be a wonderful looking set up. Always nice to see a fellow ripariumist!

I would suggest some root tabs and some Hygrophila Kompact? It would get nice and full without getting ridiculously tall and would not require constant pruning, unlike it's brothers and sisters in the Hygro "family" of plants. If you are looking for some contrast, a few stems of an Alternanthera species would also look great, and would grow emmersed from the aquarium helping things blend in well.

Really, though you have a ton of potential options though, as you probably well know. For root tabs, I have to recommend Devin's line of GroSoil.
Thanks for the suggestions. I actually have some hygro kompact, but it always gets little pinholes and loses its lower leaves. I don't know if it's some kind of deficiency or not enough light or what. I'll try it again though and see if the combination of root tabs and the dry fertilizers I just got helps. Devin sent me some of his root tabs for the potted plants, but for in the tank I have some osmocote and root medic ones I want to use up before I get any more.

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That is so pretty and so is your Betta.

What is the pipe holding your lights?
Thank you. The pipe is electrical conduit. I got two straight pieces and four 90 degree bends with connectors to make the shape. I've seen people make the same kind of thing with one piece and a pipe bender, but I took the easy way out. Haha.
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Oh wow, a bunch of people posted while I was writing the last post. That's what I get for watching tv and posting at the same time.

Anyway, thanks everyone.

Nubster, I think I paid around $60 for the tank locally, so marine depots price with shipping isn't bad at all. Check out this one too: http://www.cadlights.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=233 If I had seen this before I got mine, I probably would have gotten it instead.
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Yeah, those CADLight tanks look nice. I just ordered the Mr. Aqua though. I'm happy with my 12" cube so I'm sure this one will do well too. This will be dedicated to my Blue Diamond shrimp.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:24 AM   #14
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Nice job also with that light bar! I'm sure the plants will enjoy the light from those CFL lamps, but the whole deal will look more sleek if you do upgrade to a strip light later on. It would probably look nice with a couple of PAR38 LEDs, too.

Those Ruellia 'Katie' will spread out some more with this nice foutnain-shaped foliage...



The Phalaris 'Strawberries & Cream ribbon grass will fill in more, too. This plant grows really fast when it's happy.

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:00 AM   #15
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Great setup. I'm diggin the size and scape of this riparium you got going. I got to try something like this soon.
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