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UNS 60S submerged/emersed hybrid

Been planning this one for a couple of weeks now. I always see these riparium/paludarium setups where the main focus is the usually the emersed or submerged parts but not usually both. Trying out a setup where the emersed part flows into the submerged and where both are heavily planted scapes. Not sure if that would still quality as a riparium or paludarium when both scapes are kind of the focal point.

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Emersed area
Cyperus Helferi
Fittonia Albivenis Red
Fittonia Albivenis
Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis

Submerged area
Eleocharis Belem
Micranthenum Monte Carlo
Rotala Macrandra Mini Red
Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko
Helanthium Tenellum Broad Leaf
Hygrophila Lancea 'Araguaia'



Waiting on the sand to come in but I am not too happy with the rock by the lily pipe. Feel like it messes with the flow. If anyone has some pointers on that rock I would appreciate it.
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You might think about a smaller filter or some spin pipes. That's maybe 4 gallons of water in that tank.

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Nice setup, the rock on the bottom left looks like Seiryu, what are the other rocks?


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Nice setup, the rock on the bottom left looks like Seiryu, what are the other rocks?
They are all supposed to be Seiryu. Got them all from the same pallet at the the lfs ages ago.

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You might think about a smaller filter or some spin pipes. That's maybe 4 gallons of water in that tank.

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I have a spin pipe as well but was going to try this one first to see.

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Figured it out. Much better flow in this config.


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Emersed
Orange - Cyperus Helferi
Red - Fittonia Albivenis Red
Yellow - Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis
Green - Fittonia Albivenis

Submerged
Red - Rotala Macrandra Mini Red
Light Green - Monte Carlo
Dark Green - Eleocharis Belem
Yellow - Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko
Purple - Helanthium Tenellum Broad Leaf
Blue - Hygrophila Lancea 'Araguaia'


Also believe it or not that is only 1x 10L bag of controsoil. I've been watching Jurijs Jutjajevs videos on YouTube and he has a video about using these mesh bags filled with lava rock for making steep areas or raising rocks high. I have 6x of these in the tank on the bottom separating the rock wall so the soil doesn't slide.


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Hi Gus6464,

Did you see the paludarium presentation last evening done by Karen Randall of the AGA? It is still available on YouTube, the link is: YouTube livestream gsas.org/stream

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Did you see the paludarium presentation last evening done by Karen Randall of the AGA? It is still available on YouTube, the link is: YouTube livestream gsas.org/stream
Thanks for the link I'll watch it all later tonight.



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Replacement diode came in and it's ready to roll. I was originally planning on running them at 250ma for each cluster but that's still way too powerful so dialed them down to about 150ma. Light is using about 33 watts and the lowest part of the scape is getting 65 par. The emersed plants will be getting 400 par at the roots give or take.

Cool thing is I can slide the light rails if I need to. The entire light bar is definitely acting as a big long heatsink and it does get hot but not to the point where it will burn my hand. Tested 85c at where the diodes are mounted which is the temp that bridgelux recommends for max efficiency.



Tank is getting planted and flooded tomorrow but buceplant ran out of green gecko and didn't tell me so now I gotta find something to replace locally.

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Planted and flooded. My Monte carlo didn't arrive on time though so I'll plant it later.








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How are you gonna prevent the sand and soil from mixing ?


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Being really careful when trimming? Not sure what you mean. The sand gets heavy when wet so I can't see the controsoil mixing with it so easily.
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I always see these riparium/paludarium setups where the main focus is the usually the emersed or submerged parts but not usually both. Trying out a setup where the emersed part flows into the submerged and where both are heavily planted scapes.
I totally agree. I've been planning a similar type of setup but have to get all the equipment and find a space.

Looking great so far.

One of my main concerns is fish jumping out. I want to use species that tend to jump. I haven't solved that issue yet. Maybe I just have to go for something else.
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Being really careful when trimming? Not sure what you mean. The sand gets heavy when wet so I can't see the controsoil mixing with it so easily.

Sorry I was curious because I was never successful at it so I was wondering if you had something blocking the soil. Gaha


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