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Old 06-05-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Superluminal's 15G Riparium


Just started a riparium.

Tank: 15G High
Substrate: Pool Sand/Gravel
Planter Substrate: Hydroton Pebbles/Gravel Cap
Lighting: 2 Home Depot Lamps - 26W 6500K bulbs each
Filter: Modified Eheim 2213
Fauna: 8 Indian Whisker Shrimp, 4 Endlers (males), 1 Guppy (male), 4 Leftover Neons
Flora: Peace Lily, Nerve Plant, Purple Queen

Currently I have some garden plants I've thrown in. I've put plants in that I've seen in other riparium threads. I haven't scaped the bottom yet. I have some driftwood, currently waterlogging, waiting to go it.

I'm new to the riparium scene. I've done some research, but I'm still a newb. Hopefully this doesn't fail horribly. Some of you riparium guys need to get in here and give me some guidance.

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Old 06-10-2012, 03:05 AM   #2
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New pics posted. Enjoy!
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:41 AM   #3
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Very nice looking selection of plants, great leaf and color variety.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:49 PM   #5
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I have some frogbit on the way for the foreground/water cover. I might get some trellis rafters as well to add a few small plants in front of the large ones. I'll keep updates going periodically.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:28 PM   #6
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That looks pretty good so far. Most of those are good plant choices, although you might find the 'African Mask' Alocasia to flake out after a time. The Fittonia works best planted on a trellis raft. Do you have fish for this setup?
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That looks pretty good so far. Most of those are good plant choices, although you might find the 'African Mask' Alocasia to flake out after a time. The Fittonia works best planted on a trellis raft. Do you have fish for this setup?
Why does the African Mask flake out? Is it because of the wet condition or lack of proper substrate? Is there anything, about that size, that you recommend I substitute the plant with if it takes a turn for the worst?

Also why does the fittonia need rafters? Is it because the plants roots are sensitive? I plan to get those from you regardless.

As for the fish (mostly leftover specimens):

Fauna: 8 Indian Whisker Shrimp, 4 Endlers (males), 1 Guppy (male), 4 Leftover Neons
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My two aquariums together:


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That looks like a very good lighting solution for a small riparium--cheap but effective.

I grew 'African Mask' once and it rooted well in the planter, but after a few months it died all at once. I understand that it has an obligate dormancy requirement and if it is too wet as it tries to go dormant the tuber will just start to rot.

I think that Fittonia is not a real water plant. I tried it once and it did not root very well in a riparium planter. It does OK however if just rooted in the water on a trellis raft. Oxygen is more available in the open water than in saturated gravel.
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I found an old post by Hoppy with Fittonia that he had on a trellis raft...

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It is a spectacular success, as is the small plant to the right of it. Both are very healthy, growing slowly, and beautiful. Perfect riparium mid-ground, raft planted plants.



The slight violet color is from my GE9325K light - I forgot to color correct this.
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That looks like a very good lighting solution for a small riparium--cheap but effective.

I grew 'African Mask' once and it rooted well in the planter, but after a few months it died all at once. I understand that it has an obligate dormancy requirement and if it is too wet as it tries to go dormant the tuber will just start to rot.

I think that Fittonia is not a real water plant. I tried it once and it did not root very well in a riparium planter. It does OK however if just rooted in the water on a trellis raft. Oxygen is more available in the open water than in saturated gravel.
Can you list me some plants that might do well? I'd rather not do another peace lily to replace the Masks. Is there another type of "elephant ear" or semi-tall plant that does well?

Also, in Hoppy's photo what is the plant to the right of the fittonia?
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Some floaters added...
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Why does the African Mask flake out? Is it because of the wet condition or lack of proper substrate? Is there anything, about that size, that you recommend I substitute the plant with if it takes a turn for the worst?

Also why does the fittonia need rafters? Is it because the plants roots are sensitive? I plan to get those from you regardless.

As for the fish (mostly leftover specimens):

Fauna: 8 Indian Whisker Shrimp, 4 Endlers (males), 1 Guppy (male), 4 Leftover Neons
Wawww.. our tanks are similar !! i got some endlers for my paludarium today also. set up looks somewhat similar
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:45 AM   #14
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Real good plant choices in there! I like the Fittonia.
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