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Old 04-13-2013, 02:51 AM   #1
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Trying a simple riparium...need additional plant suggestions and overall help


Trip to Walmart today netted me an Aluminum plant, several Wandering Jew clippings, an unknown clipping, a Pilea cadierei, and a Fittonia argyroneura. I also have some Fiddisens that I want to use and grabbed some Ludwigia Hybrid Red from the FS section that I am going to try.

With these plants, any planting suggestions?

Additional plants that will work well with these?

Best way to plant? I figure I'll shove them between the sponge and filter body of my AC50 and maybe use a knife to cut some pockets in the middle of the sponge to tuck a couple stems as well. I was thinking about maybe some in-tank planters as well. Which plants would work best for that?

For the potted plants, do I just wash the dirt from the roots and separate the stems and plant those in the filter?

This is all new so please bear with me. Everything will be getting low light for now, hopefully I'll be upgrading to medium light soon.

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Old 04-13-2013, 03:38 AM   #2
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not certain, but the cutting looks like it might be a hoya.

I don't know how well they work for a riparium setup, but I've got one growing on a driftwood planter. can get fairly big, but is prone to mealybug infestations
also probably the slowest growing of what you have in your pic.

I wouldn't worry about light levels too much, most typical houseplants (gross over-generalization) tend to be from the undergrowth of rainforests, so they are adapted to fairly low light levels (and why they do well in home/office environments).
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Thanks for the info, especially on the hoya. I may leave that one out and just plant it in soil to see what it does.

For the potted plants, do I just wash the dirt from the roots and separate the stems and plant those in the filter?
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For the ones with roots already it should be a quick and easy transplant. Root the cuttings by leaving the ends hanging in water. Riparium rafts sound great for this. Just make sure at least one node (the joint where leaves grew) is submerged but not any leaves, they'll rot. It's easiest to get roots from nodes but not the only place. It roots VERY readilly. I'm rooting wandering jew in mason jars now so they re ready to go when i get my planters. Such a perfect vivarium plant!
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For the potted plants you can just wash the dirt off and plant. I have a couple of those both planted and on trellis rafts. Both are thriving and pretty easy to grow. U can use an empty hanging riparium planter to root the clippings
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Thanks. I have some plant clipping that are submersed, what the best way to transition them? I tried just sticking some in the filter and they died. I also tried placing some fissidens on the filter sponge and they seem dead as well.
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Are you trying to do a riparium or plant them into an HOB?

The plants you selected are great for ripariums. The only one that would have problems is the hoya (possibly peperomia). The Pilea cadierei is an aluminum plant as well. They both make great rip plants. The wandering jew color may fade without a lot of light though.
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Both. Starting with a planted HOB and soon I'll probably order a rip kit from hydrophyte and plant the rest plus some other stuff.
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I transitioned Hygro pinnafitida from submersed by planting in a high humidity emersed set up. I slowly decreased the humidity till I thought it was ready to move to the riparium. It's thriving. You can also try to cover it with plastic wrap to keep the humidity up while it transitions
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Here's an update with what I've come up with so far. I need to get a handing light and move stuff to the back glass...I just wanted to get things growing for now and rearrange later...



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Is that a 10g tank? Also which light is that?
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It's an 11.4g Mr. Aqua and that's the Finnex FugeRay-R Ultra Slim LED. Does a great job at growing plants, but it's not large or high enough to do the riparium plants much good at this point. That's why I'm getting ready to switch to a hanging dome light with a 6500K CFL bulb. I'll be moving the clip-on to my 12" tank I'm getting ready to setup for my PFR shrimp.
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