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Old 01-19-2010, 02:54 PM   #181
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That Bacopa is spectacular looking, by far the best I have seen. Which Bacopa is it? And, of course, where do you get it? All of my tiny leaf plantings have ended up disappointing me, but I still have hope.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:22 PM   #182
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I still don't know which one it is. It looks a lot like monnieri, but the leaves are bigger. The closest that I have gotten for an idea is B. madagascariensis.



I have extra of this stuff. Can I send you some? I have found that the key to getting this nice carpeting effect is to trim the stems wherever they grow past the trellis raft. This encourages back-budding and more bushy growth. It seems that stem plants for ripariums in general also require good root-feeding. I have seen very good responses where I added MTS to the planter cups.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:31 PM   #183
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It seems that stem plants for ripariums in general also require good root-feeding. I have seen very good responses where I added MTS to the planter cups.
I have an idea that I am going to try. I have some FERKA Stemma that I purchased from GLA and I am going to put one of those capsules down in the planters to see how the plants respond to them. I will let you know.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:52 PM   #184
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That's a great idea. I have been meaning to get some of those FEKA capsules to try out.

I have already used the Seachem and API root tabs with good results.

You can just use a chopstick or pencil or whatever to open a little hole in the substrate along the front surface of the plastic cup, shove the capsule in about 1/2 way down, then cap with some more gravel.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:43 PM   #185
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I was admiring the Echinodorus cordifolius 'Tropica Marble Queen' today.



This is such a nice plant. It is the perfect size and shape for growing in a riparium. This variety of E. cordifolius grows rather slowly and stays smallish, so it does not become unruly the way that the species does.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:09 PM   #186
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I got a leaf close-up too to show that white variegation.



I gotta work on getting more good pictures of this fish, but I have one decent shot of an Ilyodon furcidens.



I love these fish. This picture shows the really attractive finnage better.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:15 PM   #187
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Hey nice catfish. I thought it was a Synodontis Multi.

Anyways, riparium is growing great! Ever tried a callitriche species in a riparium? The floating leaves are exquisite.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:58 AM   #188
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Thanks seds. I never have tried Callitriche, but it looks like a good one.

I got a few new pictures tonight.

I like this rock very much. I had pulled it from the 120-gallon and it had this great algae crust that it had developed over a long time.



That Ilyodon furcidens is gravid. Her belly is fat.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:42 AM   #189
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Here is a quartering view from above.



That centerpiece plant from an alien planet is looking pretty good.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:21 AM   #190
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That rock looks great, but I think this is the first time I have seen algae described with the adjective "great". I'm used to seeing a different adjective used.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:27 AM   #191
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Thanks Hoppy. I am working on growing a nice crust of algae on the other, newer rocks too. The key to making that look good is to have an even covering of algae on the stones (or driftwood) but with the gravel and plants and everything else very clean.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:29 AM   #192
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good luck doing that!!! ur going to be turning that gravel/sand more then the plants will grow! lol
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #193
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Here's the regular full tank shot.

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Old 01-28-2010, 07:11 PM   #194
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Looking at that FTS started me thinking - which is sometimes hazardous! Your original ripariums were all designed around the aquarium being a "frame", a box that enclosed the scene being viewed. That made using the golden ratio a good way to set the ratio between the above water and below water portions, and led to the 40% full of water riparium.

Later, we tried reversing the golden ratio, with a 60% full (roughly) of water tank, which this is similar to. But, with a rimless tank, as this one is, there is no "frame" or "box" that contains what we see. And, the above water portion is small enough that there is little humidity benefit gained by having the plants down in the tank a bit. So, wouldn't a rimless tank, with water almost filling the tank, leaving just enough above water area for the planters to attach to, be the "best" layout? That really would make the top of the tank disappear from view, and it would allow the best development of the aquascape too, plus allowing the maximum room for fish.

One pitfall to avoid is using tanks with the plastic rims removed, so that we rely on excess glass above the water line to reinforce the glass and prevent too much bulging out. Maybe this arrangement has to be limited to tanks that are known to be strong enough, rimless, to handle a full tank of water without risk.

Do you have such a tank so you can be the guinea pig and set up one? This one would look even better that way I think, but I'm not sure the glass is strong enough.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:23 PM   #195
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Hydro, what is the tall green spiky plant on both sides in the middle. I "want me some of dem!!" <vbg>
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