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ADA 30c mini riparium


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Top view showing planter cups and Toms Micro Drive filter.


Waterline shot.

ADA 30c (12"x12"x12")
Sweetflag - Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' in the planter cups
Singapore moss on lava rocks
Plain sand
Manzanita branches
Tom's Micro Drive internal filter
Current USA 18w Satellite w/ Dual Daylight bulb

Just decided to put this together since I took down my last riparium. I liked the way it turned out. No livestock yet but I'm thinking maybe a couple endlers or even just a big snail or some shrimp.

What I found was interesting is that the water will wick up the manzanita branches and also up the lava rock. I layed down a layer of moss on each to see if it would grow. So far, everything looks good.

I am unsure if I am going to be adding any more plants but ig I do, I may try things that can grow on top of the rock while leaving he under water portion bare.

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For some odd reason, the first thing I think of to add to this tank is Mini Pelia...

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Weird... I always look for nooks and crannies on where you can add anubias nana petite.

I think some of those horned nerite snails wood look pretty epic. But having big~ish snails there looks like it will blow of the proportions. I say some endlers and shrimps. Snowballs to be exact ^^

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Since the tank is rimless I would raise the water level above half way, to give more room for fish, etc. But, it looks very good this way too. I have some Christmas moss growing on a raft now, and it is doing very well growing that way, so moss growing above the water might be something to think about too.

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Actually the moss is growing above the water. Its on the rocks and branches just above the water line.

I'm not really worried about room for fish. I am thinking I might just do water changes with water from my kid's 10g and not have any animals in it whatsoever. We'll see.

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That looks very nice. I think that a good addition would be some sprawling stem plants down around the bases of the Acorus.

I really want to try out some lava rock in an aquascape. Has anybody ever seen it for sale online? It should be easy enough to ship, because it's so light.

I agree that shrimp would be great in there.

Has that Acorus grown much for you?
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That looks very nice. I think that a good addition would be some sprawling stem plants down around the bases of the Acorus.

I really want to try out some lava rock in an aquascape. Has anybody ever seen it for sale online? It should be easy enough to ship, because it's so light.

I agree that shrimp would be great in there.

Has that Acorus grown much for you?
There's different kinds of lava rock. Some of it is more dense that everyday pumice, and looks pretty cool for scapes, and isn't bright red. There are people on here and APC that used to sell it, like chefboyardee or something along those lines. Search lava rock in the S&S or the for sale section on APC and you'll find it. Pretty cheap too. I still have a little bit of it laying around somewhere.

Cool tank, too. I thought about trying that with my 30 c as well at one point in time.

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The acorus is a piece from another bigger plant. Its only been in there for a couple days. Hopefully it'll start to fill in.

I got my lava rock from a guy named Steven Leeds on APC. I liked it cause it was brown instead of black or red. Apparently, its quite porous as well.

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