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Old 03-24-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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17inch Cube Riparium Journal- Sale!


Hey all, thanks for checking out my new project! It's been a slow, intermittent process. Getting close, though!

Tank: Essentially 17"cube, Exo-terra, terrarium.
6in of water in the bottom, about 7 gallons or so
Lights: exo-terra hood with 1-27w 5000k and 1- 23w 6500 cfl
Substrate: eco-complete
Background: DIY Great-stuff w/coco fiber, etc


Beneath the surface:

X-mass moss
Flame moss
3 still unknown crypt'lings
Bacopa carol.
few stems of cabomba(cycling plant mass)
Blyxa japonica
anubias petite(planned to go emmersed)
dwarf hairgrass
mariselea minuta
Lindernia rotundifolia(altough mine may be 'micro' rather than 'baby')
hydrocotyle sib.

30 or so RCS
2 otos

Above the surface:
under construction!


Essentially, I've realized that I've created the hardest tank in the world to be photographed. However, because of the depth and the swing open doors, you get some really cool views from the water's surface, and maintenance couldn't be easier.

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Old 03-24-2010, 05:36 PM   #2
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That sounds like a nice tank to use.

Do you intend for this to be a riparium, or more like a paludarium? With a a foam background I am sure that you could get some nice plants going in there, but it could be difficult and unnecessary to also use riparium planters(?).
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:45 PM   #3
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Well, I don't think exactly a paludarium, since there won't be any 'land' surface, but I am hoping to get some plants, moss, etc on the back wall. What I'm thinking for the 2 planters is actually on the side walls towards the back, to create more dimension from the back wall. Hoping for some epiphytes as well.
Just finished the back wall, working on organizing photos right now, pics coming soon!
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:16 PM   #4
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Yeah I suppose that would be a way to add some more visual depth. Coarse-leaved riparium plants like Spathiphyllum and Dieffenbachia would probably be good choices.

I have a number of epiphytes (ferns, orchids & other) and could send some cuttings your way if that might interest you at all.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:19 PM   #5
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This sound very interesting. Keep us updated!
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:22 PM   #6
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Here we go!

Great stuff
Silicone I
Coco fiber
Broken terra cotta
Gutter guard plastic frame

1. Silicone plastic frame together.
2. Silicone accessories to frame.
2a. Remove your shirt and shoes*( will be important for the completion of other steps)
3. Break out the great stuff.
4. Put on one glove*
5. Apply Great stuff to frame, allowing it to penetrate the holes.
6. As the great stuff expands exponentially, panic slightly, trying to shape it into your desired shape and maintain control.(at this point you should also be using your un-gloved hand. This will incresase the panic/general nervouseness.)
7. Of course the only way to remove Great Stuff from your ungloved hand is...to remove the glove from your other hand and rub/smear it off.
8. Now, using your un-gloved and previously gloved hands, finish up the shaping/application of Great Stuff while covering everything in the process with a thin layer of Great Stuff.
9. Ok, good.
10. With your remaining clean finger(ideally the ring finger of your non-dominant hand) google "how to remove Great Stuff."
11. Frantically ransack your girlfriend's bureau/makeup area/office while cursing her in disbelief for being the only woman in the world for not having a bottle of nail polish remover(remember to only use the one clean finger)
12. Since it's January in NY, you will need to pull on a sweatshirt and put on some shoes to go down to the corner store. Be careful to do this using only the one clean finger and not to let your sticky hands bond with the inside of the sweatshirt.
13. Go to the store, find some nailpolish remover, pull your wallet out, pay the man, and attempt to remain calm and in control of the whole situation while in public.(again, just the one clean finger.)
14. Pour copious ammounts of nail polish remover over your hands and rub briskly.
15. Repeat in your tiny bathroom with no ventilation........
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:32 PM   #7
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Nice!

I really like the backround. Are the pots for decoration or do they have an other perpose?
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:12 PM   #8
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Thanks, the pot(s)-only one made it to the final version- will hopefully be used as just enough of a home for a cool epiphyte or something in that realm, I haven't nailed it down, yet, I just thought it would be good to start some infrastructure- same thought for the shelf on the right side.
Today I finished touching up the areas where the Great Stuff was showing through a little bit, it now looks much more solid. Let it cure for a few more days and in it goes, with more updates!
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:54 PM   #9
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well.... a month ago, when the background went in, all was well for the first 2 days. After that....little pink shrimp bodies, a few then a few more. AAahhhh! I don't know what did it. Maybe the silicone was under cured, who knows? Anyways, I yanked that out and it looked like this for awhile while the water quality came back up. I have 4 of the 30+ shrimp left, and if anyone wants to put their rcs in a cage match, let me know. These four have been to hell and back(all females, btw)
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:02 PM   #10
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over the last week or two, I started rounding up some supplies( thanks to Jake, Devin and Craig) to make it to round two.

Pictures first, the new list of what's what will come soon....

1.During
2.After
3.Cloudy underwater
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:12 PM   #11
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I saw these at the reptile expo!

Where did you get those planters / rafts? Did they come with the cube?

I like how the doors swivel out like that. It looks good so far.

What kind of animals are you going to put in there?
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The awesome planters and rafts come from a guy named Devin on this site-goes by 'hydrophyte' He has a website, ripariumsupply.com. Lots of great stuff, and he knows everything that you could think of about where air and water meet.

The swivel doors are great for maintenance. I kind of wish that I had 2 more inches of water, but overall it's working pretty well.

Just cherry shrimp, a few celestial pearl danios and maybe a pair of otos. Emphasis on the shrimp.
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Now, who can lend some advice on the bi-level photography?
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Old 05-05-2010, 03:16 AM   #14
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That's looking great. Hey you have the new trellis raft design in there. Are you going to put any epiphytes on that cork? Tillandsia bromeliads would be a good choice, or if you have the time for daily misting you could also consider some miniature orchids.
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That's looking great. Hey you have the new trellis raft design in there. Are you going to put any epiphytes on that cork? Tillandsia bromeliads would be a good choice, or if you have the time for daily misting you could also consider some miniature orchids.

Yeah, I hope to. I rigged the cork so that it is very easily removable for future attachment and fussing with. There is also the outlet for a Reptifogger behind the cork, so that I can alter the humidity level if needed. I was thinking just a few 30min bursts throughout the day-also to help counteract some evaporation. I love the idea of epiphytes of any kind, and orchids are my favorite flowers. Are there any small species that have done especially well for you? Or anyone else? Epiphytes/orchids?
Also, has anyone attempted to grow anubias petite on a log emmersed?

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