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Old 05-24-2013, 06:39 AM   #1
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Veggies in ripariums- ideas?


I have several open-top tanks that have chicken wire laid across the top, with holes cut out to fit anthuriums, peace lillies, begonias, philodendrons...

I stuck basil clippings into the mix and they are growing well. Any other ideas on what might grow in this set up? Sage, parsley, lettuce, peas, eggplant...?
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:46 AM   #2
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I would think that most veggies would grow well since most love water and don't mind their feet wet. Personally I like peppers, so try peppers? I think maybe a vining plant could be pretty cool; something like cucumbers or something like that. Tomatoes would be cool, just make sure none of your inhabitants pick at any part of it since the entire plant is toxic.

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I have several open-top tanks that have chicken wire laid across the top, with holes cut out to fit anthuriums, peace lillies, begonias, philodendrons...

I stuck basil clippings into the mix and they are growing well. Any other ideas on what might grow in this set up? Sage, parsley, lettuce, peas, eggplant...?
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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I would think that most veggies would grow well since most love water and don't mind their feet wet. Personally I like peppers, so try peppers? I think maybe a vining plant could be pretty cool; something like cucumbers or something like that. Tomatoes would be cool, just make sure none of your inhabitants pick at any part of it since the entire plant is toxic.
Ooo good point, tomatoes are toxic. This tank is a shrimp tank so I'll try the other veggies. Thanks for the ideas!
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:31 AM   #4
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What will your nutrient source be?
If you arent already aware of aquaponics, I highly recommend you tailor the setup accordingly. My tilapia provide me with plenty of fresh (organic) fruits and veggies, and I harvest/eat both!
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I've always wanted to try a large set up like that. I hear tilapia are good for that. I'd like to see some pictures of that set up.

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If you arent already aware of aquaponics, I highly recommend you tailor the setup accordingly. My tilapia provide me with plenty of fresh (organic) fruits and veggies, and I harvest/eat both!
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What will your nutrient source be?
If you arent already aware of aquaponics, I highly recommend you tailor the setup accordingly. My tilapia provide me with plenty of fresh (organic) fruits and veggies, and I harvest/eat both!
Well, I can't raise tilapia in my studio apartment in the city
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You can use any fish, goldfish and koi work great for smaller systems, they create a lot of ammonia (which is broken down into nutrients via the magical nitrogen cycle).

Here is my small condo setup


Either way, for fruiting plants like tomato and pepper, you'll need a consistent nutrient source.
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I'll try some more leafy greens and report back. I'll be very pleased to grow all my usual herbs in the shrimp tank! How convenient.
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How are you growing the herbs? Can you give pictures of your set up?
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This is great. Might give this a whirl just for kicks in my next set-up...
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I would assume they're being suspended over the water by the chicken wire with just the roots in the actual water. Quite an easy set up actually.

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I would assume they're being suspended over the water by the chicken wire with just the roots in the actual water. Quite an easy set up actually.
Yes, that is correct. I just cut chicken wire to fit the size of the top of the aquarium. I removed the hood and cover of the aquarium and laid the mesh on top. That's it!

I brought the water level up quite high, and cut some holes in the chicken wire so that the larger root systems on my peace lillies and anthuriums can fit. Other than that I just stuck basil and philodendron and begonia stems through the holes in the wire. The wire holds the stems up and the roots are suspended in the water beneath. I also stuffed my HOB filter to the max with peace lillies and forget-me-nots. It's super easy, super cheap, not exactly pretty but you can't see the chicken wire under all the foliage anyway!!

I'm a new college graduate with no money to spend on Hydrophyte's awesome riparium stuff, so I did what I could. So far it works. And I can pick up the entire piece of chicken wire with all the stems still in it also. It made it easy to move out of my old apartment this way.
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show pics? That is awesome, I am buying some planters from hydrophyte, but I may do that in a section of my tank. I am actually growing Pothos Vine right now just in the corners without anything holding them up really, my issue is Pothos Vine grows SOOOOOO many roots and my wife thinks the roots are ugly
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:38 PM   #14
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This kind of growing is more like aquaponics than a riparium. You can grow lots of kinds of plants with their roots suspended in water or in an ebb-and-flow kind of setup, but for ripariums it's best to use true marginal aquatic plants. The substrate in the riparium planters is dense and oxygen-poor and the only plants that grow very well like that are aquatics adapted to root in permanently-wet mud.
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ahhh... good to know, it was funny I told my wife this morning that I could grow basil out of our fish tank and she said " But I don't want it to be gross b/c of fish poop, I'd never put that on pasta" I then explained to her that most fertilizer has an element of poo.
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